When building a home for your wildlife friends, always make sure
that the wood you use is UNTREATED. Most wood treatments are
poisonous to animals and will result in a very unpleasant death!
This bird table is suitable for a permanent fixture in your garden,
hopefully encouraging many birds for you to enjoy!
Sheet of external ply wood
Length of untreated timber dimensions as shown below
Screws to fix the table together
Pole or fence post to mount the table on
Cut three sections of ply wood to the dimensions shown below - these will
be for the base and the roof.
Cut the length of untreated timber as shown on the diagram below. These
will be for the rim around the base of the table, the uprights to support
the roof. The last piece will be used to join the roof sections together.
Make sure that all the pieces of wood are sanded around the edges with a
fine grade sandpaper.
Fix the rim pieces to the base by screwing in from underneath. A gap
should be left on one side to aid cleaning of the table once in use.
Fix the uprights as shown below, again by screwing in from underneath.
Join the roof panels at a 90° angle using the 350 mm length of timber as
Hammer the pole or fence post into the ground approximately 18 inches
Attach the base of the table to the post with a round headed screw before
attaching the roof.
Attach the roof to the uprights.
Position your table within view of your window. Make sure that it is not
too close to any fence or tree where a cat may be able to launch from. There
must also be a clear flight path for the birds to surrounding trees or
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PUT OUT FRESH WATER DAILY, ESPECIALLY DURING ICY
WEATHER AS IT MAY FREEZE OVER.
Illustrations © A. Kerrison 2004
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