DIY Oriole Feeder

I don’t have any oranges at the moment and I think the Orioles have already gone farther North but I’m ready when they come back when the weather gets cold. I’ve been using garden wire to hang orange slices in the trees, but this is way better! I hung it outside the bedroom window so the cats could watch and enjoy the birds. Orioles are a favorite for my bengal, Hootie. I used stuff I had laying around for this, a scrap of 2×4, an old bookshelf, random dowel pieces, a couple nails and screws. This idea comes from Birds & Blooms Magazine.

oriole feeder

Materials:

  • One scrap 2 x 4, at least 13 inches long
  • One 1-inch x 8-inch board, about 12 inches long
  • One 1/4-inch dowel, at least 18 inches long
  • Four 2-1/2-inch galvanized finishing nails
  • Four common nails
  • Waterproof carpenter’s glue
  • One screw eye for hanging the feeder
  • Table saw
  • Power drill
  • Combination square

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Cut a  2 x 4 board at least 13 inches long. Cut two 45° angles to form a centered peak on one end (this will become the top). Use a combination square or tri-square to help draw the cutting angles.

“Dog-ear” the corners at the bottom end by sawing about 3/4 inch off each corner at a 45° angle.

Drill two 1/4-inch holes. Center one hole 1-1/4 inches from bottom of the board and the other 6-1/2 inches from bottom. Make sure you drill the holes perpendicular to the 2 x 4. This will ensure that your perches will be straight.

Step 2

Cut two roof pieces from the 1-inch x 8-inch board. One section should measure approximately 6 inches x 7-1/4 inches and the other 5-1/4 inches x 7-1/4 inches. If you’d like, dog-ear the outside corners of the roof pieces by cutting off about 1 inch from each corner at a 45° angle.

Nail the roof pieces to the 2 x 4 peak with two common nails. The longer piece overlaps the shorter.

Step 3

The oranges are held onto the feeder by spearing them onto 2-1/2-inch finishing nails. Center these nails on each side of the 2 x 4 about 3 inches above each perch hole. Drive the nails about 1 inch into the 2 x 4 at a downward angle so the oranges won’t slide off.

Step 4

Cut the 18-inch dowel in half for perches. Insert the dowels into the holes and center them. A little waterproof carpenter’s glue in the holes will hold the perches firmly in place.

Step 5

File or cut a flat spot in the center of the roof peak for a screw eye, which is used to hang the feeder. Drill a pilot hole first to prevent the wood from splitting.

A coat of deck stain is optional, but it’ll help protect the wood from weather. Be sure the stain is dry before using the feeder.

~ by accordingtoleanne on June 28, 2015.

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