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How to build a squirrel feeder

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Tired of squirrels raiding your bird feeder? Build them one of their own! This feeder has the added attraction of clear glass, so you can watch the squirrels feed.

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You will need two 1 X 6 X 8 cedar boards to construct this feeder and a one gallon jar. The jar needs to have a circumference of at least six inches and an opening at least three inches in diameter.

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  • Cut your boards into the following pieces:
  • 1 X 6 X 18″ bottom
  • 1 X 6 X 16″ back
  • 1 X 6 X 8″ roof
  • (2) 1 X 6 X 9 1/4″ sides
  • 1 X 6 X 8 front
  • 1 X 6 X 3 jar rest
  • Cedar splits very easily, so pre-drill ALL your screw holes.

    Take both sides. Mark a spot about 3 1/2 inches from the highest corner of each board and center the hole from side to side. Use this mark as the center point to draw a three inch diameter circle on the board.

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    Cut out the circles.

    Measure eight inches from the left bottom of the side. Draw a line from the right top to the left line.

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    Cut both sides on the line. This will create a sloped roof when the piece is put together.

    Now take the 1 X 6 X 3 jar rest. Trade the outline of the jar on the piece, being sure to leave at least one inch of wood at the lowest point of the piece.

    Cut along the line. Save the piece you cut out as it becomes the jar stop. It is not a scrap.

    Take the front piece of the box. Lay the jar on its side on a tabletop and mark the top of the jar. Add one inch to this mark. Draw a circle one half inch larger than the diameter of the jar, with the top of the circle touching the mark you made.

    Cut out the circle.

    Assemble the sides and front, making sure both the sides slant down towards the front.

    Place the box on the rear of the bottom board.

    The next part is a bit tricky. Put the jar in the hole in the front of the box. Mark where the jar rest should be, at the base of the jar. Secure the jar holder to the bottom. Now place the jar stop just far enough back that you can remove the jar to fill it.

    Attach the roof to the box.

    Attach the back to the feeder, centering it on the box.

    When you attach the feeder to the tree, remember that it will be heavy with a full jar of food and a squirrel on top of it. Use 2 1/2 inch deck screws to attach it to the tree. Fill the jar with peanuts in the shell, cracked corn, or birdseed. You can watch the squirrels feed, especially when the food is a bit low and they climb into the jar to reach it.

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