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Bird Table

A simple bird table is a flat board mounted on a post or fastened to a wall using brackets. The birds are not fussy and their requirements are very simple. Ideally the bird table should be approximately 1.5m (5ft) from the ground, not too far from cover but out of jumping range from cats and grey squirrels.

Making a bird table


Mark moulding Start by cutting a piece of wood to the size you want the bird table to be. Always protect the wood with a timber care product. These products shield the wood from the damaging effects of ultra-violet light and are also available with an algaecides to prevent the growth of green algae. Make sure the product is safe for children and pets when dry.
Mark moulding Place a moulding along the back edge of the table and mark the moulding in line with both sides of the table.
Mitre moulding Use a mitre box to cut the end of the moulding at 45° this gives a professional looking finish to the job.
Mitre moulding Mitre the other end of the moulding at 45° but this time make sure the mitre is in the opposite direction.
Mark moulding Using the remainder of the moulding line the mitres up and mark where the front of the table finishes. Repeat for the other side then cut the mouldings to length using a straight cut.
Clean up rough edges Clean any rough edges of the moulding with sand paper and seal with a wood protector.
Fasten the moulding Line the moulding up with the edge of the table and fasten using panel pins.
Bird table The front moulding is made smaller than the width of the table to allow for cleaning. Cut the moulding using straight cuts and fasten with panel pins.
Drill screw holes Decide on the height and position of the table and mark the position of the bracket holes. If you position the bracket carefully you may be able to line the holes in the bracket with the mortar lines between the bricks.
Line up brackets Fasten the first bracket then using a spirit level or mortar lines, mark and fasten the second bracket. Make sure the brackets are not wider than the table.
Fasten table Secure the table to the brackets using screws, measure the length of the screws to make sure they will not protrude through the top of the table.
Bird table with treats Screw some little hooks into the sides of the table for additional hanging treats, sit back and watch some feathered friends come into your garden.

Bird feeding

Its alright on a sunny day, but what about our good old British weather!

Would you like to eat your meals outside in the rain?

Roof supports Measure and cut 4 lengths of wood for the roof supports, two lengths approx. 300 mm long and two lengths approx. 250 mm long. This will give us a slight fall for the rain to run off. Drill clearance holes for the screws approx. 10 mm from each end.
Drill holes in roof side Cut a piece of wood the same size as the table, this will be used for the roof. Drill four pilot holes into the side of the roof approx 30mm from each corner, these will help keep the screws in line and prevent them from coming through the top or bottom of the roof.
Fasten supports Fasten the supports to the roof using suitable sized screws, make sure the two smaller supports go to the front.
Fit roof Fasten the roof in place using suitable sized screws, it may be easier if you get someone to assist you while you fit the roof.
Support bar To stop the roof moving forward we need to fit some support bars. Place a length of wood against the back roof support and draw a line down the back edge of the wood.
Mark out length Draw a line on the length of wood where the length of wood passes the bottom of the table.
Cut supports Cut the wood along the markings and then using the first length as a template cut another length the same.
Fasten supports Drill holes through the wood supports to allow the screws to fix into the side of the table and the back roof support. Then using screws fix the supports in place.

The addition of the roof helps to keep any food dry, it also stops the larger birds like pigeons from taking all the food.

Bird waiting patiently

Is it my turn yet, I seem to have been waiting a long time!

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