Click on the pictures to see a larger view. Use the back (or left) arrow of your browser to come back to this page. First assemble the three horizontal strips to two corners. Always use pilot holes and countersink for screw heads. This will prevent the wood from splitting.
Next assemble the vertical strips using short screws from the inside. Make sure the groove for the Plexiglas is towards the inside (on the left leg in this picture.) In this picture, you are looking on the inside of the side.
Make the other side, then attach both sides with water-proof glue and screws to the bottom. As usual, make pilot holes and countersink for all the screws.
Attach the back (with the two round holes.) Attach a strip at the Plexiglas (front) end at the top of the posts to hold these two posts together.
Finally, the grooved top is mounted with two hinges on the back side. Here you see the front with the "hook and eye" for closing it securely.
It is very important to protect this wood feeder from being chewed by squirrels and other animals. Note the predator guard mounted just below the feeder. This view also shows the hinges.
I have had feeders like this out in the open for a few years, they are still in perfect condition and function well. Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.
My friends Liz and Tom Cooksey from Georgia had their neighbor Joe Haymore make this feeder for them and they noted I forgot to mention how it is mounted. They also sent me a picture which shows that at the bottom there is attached a galvanized pipe flange (1/2") which would screw the feeder on top of a 1/2" threaded galvanized pipe driven into the ground. Thank you Tom, Liz and Joe! Click on the picture to the left to see the details.
This feeder may (on very rare occasions) allow European Starlings (EUST) to enter. A modification to the design can be found on the link to EUST Problems.
Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions. Thank you! (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)