how to build a bird feeding table

Heres how to make a bird table for your garden. Its larger than average, solid and great for using scrap wood and offcuts. You can also download some free plans and follow my full YouTube video to guide you along!

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To begin building a bird table, cut a large, flat piece of wood to the size you want for the top. Next, trim 4 pieces of wood, and screw the pieces onto the tabletop’s underside. Next, to create the table base, fasten two pieces of wood together in the shape of a cross, and then fasten a strong post to the middle. Finally, before screwing the tabletop onto the post, add a few pieces of angled wood to serve as braces. Continue reading for advice on painting and sanding your assembled table!

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How do you make a bird feeding table?

Measure, mark and cut the 90mm x 32mm timber to the lengths listed above and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper. Assemble the top of the feeding table using these 9 pieces of timber, as shown. Fix with PVA glue and screws, drilling pilot holes first.

What size should a bird table be?

The bird tables you can purchase online or instore vary in height, but most are around 150 – 160cm tall, this is the standard height for a standalone bird table.

What can I use for a bird table?

The best food for bird tables Fruit, especially bruised apples and pears, will be popular with thrushes and Blackbirds. Household scraps like pastry, cooked rice and breadcrumbs should only be offered in small amounts occasionally.