Do You Want To Know How To Build A Bird Table? Come Check

A DIY bird feeder, besides a birdbath and a DIY bird box, is a great way to encourage birds to drop by your garden throughout the year, plus it will keep them out of your garden mulch. Garden birds are always lurking around looking for food. Not only will you help satisfy their hunger, but you can also add some personality to your foliage.

Birds feeding in winter time in bird feeder

Doing your part to give back to nature and feeding your feathered friends doesn’t have to be complicated. This inexpensive, fun craft requires only basic tools and can be customised to look however you desire. So are you ready to find out how to make a bird feeder and get started on a fun little woodworking project

Why you should build a bird table

Birds require a constant, reliable source of food. Bird feeding stations ensure they are continuously well fed. In addition, wild birds are healthier in areas where they can easily access bird food

Adult birds spend extensive time and energy searching for food for their nestlings. By providing them with a wooden bird table to feed off, you can help preserve this energy so that it can be used elsewhere. 

If you are a parent, feeding birds is an educational activity in disguise, suitable for all ages. You can learn about the behaviour, identifiers and personalities of different breeds of wild ones that visit your garden. 

You can also involve your little ones in the process of building your DIY bird feeder for a fun crafting project. Furthermore, encouraging children to feed animals, in general, reinforces generosity, sharing, empathy and kindness.

Birds do not just eat suet and seeds. Attracting birds, like wrens, provides you with pest control as they love to feast on insects like worms, spiders and snails. As a result, you can reduce the use of garden sprayers and insecticides which can be toxic and harmful. 

The removal of unwanted insects helps boost flower pollination. In addition, small birds prefer seeds that can be found in undesirable foliage weeds. Consequently, this results in you putting in the minimal effort required to maintain your garden

Take a break to appreciate the nature around you. A short break from the hustle and bustle of daily life to enjoy fresh air can reduce stress. Building your own bird feeder benefits both you and the birds

Dad and son planning how to build a bird table

Planning for your bird table

Your bird table does not have to be complicated or over the top. Wild birds are only interested in a safe spot with shelter where they can access food. So before you build your bird feeder, you need to plan the different elements that will hold your design together.

Plans include: drawing out what the bird table design will look like with accurate measurements, a shopping list of all resources needed and a cutting list of the different wood pieces you require. 

To begin designing, you need to consider the materials, stand, size, layout and finish of your DIY project. For example, if your bird feeder is too big, you could attract unwanted predators, but if it is too compact, birds may get into fights over food. The recommended size for your feeding platform is 50cm by 30cm.

A roof protects birds while they feed. Depending on where you live, consider the local weather conditions when designing. An open feeding table is just as effective.

The free-standing platform that holds your birdbath or feeder upright is much more than just support! By making it straight and smooth, you can keep large animals like squirrels and cats away. If they climb up the table, they can harm garden birds. If you have chosen to build a hanging bird table, use strong ropes to suspend it. 

A wooden bird feeder is usually built using exterior suitable scrap wood boards that are 0.5cm to 1cm thick. Old fences or wood pallets that have been previously used can be used for this DIY project. Pine, redwood and cedar are also excellent options. 

When your design is finalised, you can create a cutting list to have all the pieces you need to build your bird box. Your shopping list should only consist of wood glue and nails to hold the structure together. Sticking to basic designs and using high-quality wood makes the building process much more straightforward.

Bird on a bird table feeding on sheets

Step-by-step guide: How to build a bird table

After planning, it is time to begin woodworking. To prepare your wood boards: 

  1. First, begin by marking out all the pieces of wood using a pencil according to your cutting list. Next, use a carpentry square or laser level to make sure all the corners are straight. This will make it easier for you to cut out each part of the bird feeder
  2. Next, using a saw, cut each piece to the correct size. Start with the bird table or platform itself so you can use it as a reference when cutting the rest of the parts. A circular saw is easy to use if you are a beginner; however, be sure to follow all safety precautions and clamp it securely. 
  3. Alternatively, if you feel uncomfortable operating a saw, check your local hardware or DIY stores for woodcutting services.
  4. Smooth out all edges and crevices with sandpaper or a sander. Dirt, debris and even trapped seeds can result in bacterial growth, sometimes contaminating bird food if clogged up in wood cracks. In addition, during winter, frozen water within these crevices deepen and widen the splits even more. 

Check each piece of wood thoroughly for any cracks or rough edges. If your wood is not of exterior quality, treat it with a non-toxic wood preserve before assembly.

Assembling your bird feeder

By successfully following the above tutorial, you should be ready to assemble the pieces of wood to create your seed feeder

  1. The first step of assembling together your bird table is to put together the feeding tray. Next, cut 45 degree angled slat pieces, 20cm deep for the base and 5cm deep for the trims. Use a table saw for accurate cuts.
  2. Using wood glue and nails, attach the slats to the feeding table. With the help of a circular saw, make parallel cuts inside the middle of the base slat, wide enough to fit your base or rope through. Remove leftover bits using a chisel.
  3. Next, prepare the stand which will hold your bird table. If you are designing a suspended variation, skip this. Lock the vertical post and base in place with 6cm deep screws.
  4. Drill pilot holes in the tray and secure it onto the stand using screws. Make sure it is centred so that it can stand on its own. 
  5. If you add a roof for a make-shift birdhouse, secure the face sides with entrance holes on the tray with nails. Then, attach the top of the shelter.
  6. To further strengthen your birdfeeder, fit 5cm by 5cm lumber as criss-cross braces. Use a screw to fit them into place on your bird feeding station.

Before loading up your DIY birdfeeder with bird seeds, inspect that everything is locked into place securely, adjusting as needed

Bird feeding table with nuts and seeds hanging from it

Extra features for an amazing bird table

Bird tables are versatile and come in various styles, making them both functional and decorative. Use bright colours and designs to customise your bird feeders. Birds are particularly attracted to bright red. This will not only attract birds but also add to your garden’s overall aesthetic. 

You can also recycle and create a wine bottle bird feeder. Attach it to your bird table, upside down, filled up with bird seeds. The bottle will protect the seeds from water and contamination while adding a style statement. Soda and other plastic bottles can be used similarly. 

To attract even more wild birds, make sure your bird table accommodates water as well. Water is just as important as food, and your feathered friends will be more likely to drop by if you have some. You’ll make them extra happy if you add some clean bird nest boxes where they can gather around and rest!

Your bird table should feature a smaller seed dispensing mouth if your garden has more critters like squirrels and cats. Sometimes, seeds can be larger in size, so be sure to check which variety works best for your dispenser. 

Another optional feature is to attach automatic bird feeders to your bird table. These control the number of food birds can access at a time, conveniently rationing the seeds for you. 

The most important feature of your bird feeder is its location. Bird strikes are common in small gardens, so be sure to place your wooden bird table far away from windows and doors. Placing your feeders around trees and shrubs also provide an escape route to smaller birds when predators like hawks are nearby.

Grey bird on a grey bird table

After building your platform bird table, be patient. It can take several weeks for new garden birds to find the food source. Sprinkle seeds around your to kick-start the attraction. All it takes is a little creativity to attract birds and get them to visit your garden. So, are you ready to build your own bird table

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