how to build platform bird feeder

If I were to choose one bird feeder to watch out my window, it would be a platform feeder. This simple project makes an ample feeder for serving a flock of seed eaters. (And it makes a great gift.)

Note: A roof is not necessary, but one can be added to keep the bird seed drier.

STEP 2: Measure and cut trim pieces so that they fit around the edge of the top of the platform feeder. This will serve to contain the bird seed.

STEP 4: Fasten the pipe flange in the center of the bottom side of the platform with ¾-inch screws. (Or fasten screw eyes to each end of the platform if you want to hang it up.)

STEP 5: Screw pipe into the pipe flange and erect your platform feeder in your yard within viewing distance of your window.

Place the platform feeder in your best viewing position — but also consider nearby shrubs and trees for shelter and protection for the feeding birds. In open areas, place your feeder on the side of the house that is most protected from winter winds.

Each bird species has its special habits and needs. The best high-energy foods include sunflower seeds, peanut kernel, white proso millet and suet (beef fat).

Lastly, because birds will come to depend on your platform feeder, it is important that you keep it full of food. Neglect it, and birds could suffer.

Step 5: Trim the Tray

The tray is a straightforward design with a board encircled by trim pieces on all sides to hold the treats and seeds. Made of mahogany, I mitered the corners, but simple butt joints would also function quite nicely. The trim piece lengths on the Cutting List are estimates; I cut the lengths a little longer than necessary, then carefully trimmed and test fitted the pieces until I was satisfied with the outcome in each of the four corners.

The mitered corners are held in place while the glue cures using a band clamp.

Step 5: Install your platform feeder in your yard so that it can be seen from your window by screwing the pipe into the pipe flange.

Finally, it’s critical to keep your platform feeder stocked with food since birds will eventually come to rely on it. Neglect it, and birds could suffer.

As you position the platform feeder for optimal viewing, take into account the surrounding bushes and trees, which will provide the feeding birds with cover and security. If your home is open, position your feeder on the side that is shielded from winter winds the best.

Step 4: Use ¾-inch screws to secure the pipe flange in the middle of the platform’s lower side. (Or, if you want to hang it, attach screw eyes to either end of the platform.) ).

Step 2: To fit around the top edge of the platform feeder, measure and cut the trim pieces. This will serve to contain the bird seed.

Step 2: The Curvy Pieces

The bird feeder gains some sculptural interest from the curved sides of the uprights, which also allow the birds to enter the interior. I mocked up the curves using the lid of a big jar, moving it around on the upright until I liked the way it looked, and then I traced around the edge. The curve’s bottom begins approximately 1-1/8″ from the upright’s bottom edge and ends approximately 3/4″ below the point where the side edge and peak intersect. At its narrowest point, the upright’s midpoint measures approximately 1-1/4″ wide.

I created a template out of a thin piece of scrap veneer plywood because I want to make multiple of these bird feeders.


How high should a platform bird feeder be?

When a feeder becomes too inconvenient, it may become neglected and will not be a good resource for hungry birds. A height of 5-6 feet isn’t too far out of reach for most birders, but is tall enough – with a good baffle and a good feeder design – to be safe for birds.

How do you make a screen bird feeder?

DIY Bird feeder: old picture frame, screen from old door, eye hooks & chain. Paint the frame & spray outdoor sealer on it. Staple screen to back, attach eye hooks & chain, hang it in a tree or on shepherd’s hook & fill with seed. Voila!