Squirrel Feeder #2 Plan
Squirrel Feeder #2
This Squirrel Feeder will hold four ears of corn. It is very easy to refill, just "screw on" the ears of corn. The dimensions can be adjusted to allow using different width cedar fence slats.
MATERIALS LIST :
Cedar Fence Slat 5" x 1/2" x 2 ft. long, cut into the following pieces:
A = 14 x 5 in (Back)
B = 3 x 3 in (Support)(2 pieces, see drawing)
C = 3 x 5 in (Platform)
D = 3 x 3 in (Corn Holder)
11 Flathead Screws 3/4 in.(for assembly)
2 Flathead Screws 2 in.(for mounting)
1 Nail (or screw) 1 1/2 in (size not critical)
4 Hanger Bolt #10-24 x 3 in. (1 1/2" wood screw thread and 1 1/2" bolt thread)
CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS :
If you want to cut the corners off of the top of Back (A), make a mark 1 1/2" from each edge and 1 1/2" down from top on each side and draw a line between the marks (see front view).
Drill pilot hole for mounting screws, one about 2" from top of Back, centered, and second one about 2" from the bottom, centered.
For the support (B), cut the 3" square from corner to corner to make two equal triangles.
For the corn holder (D), mark a pencil line from corner to corner to make an X which locates the center. Drill a hole a little bit larger than the nail so the corn holder can spin on the nail easily. Cut all four corners off of the 3" square as shown in the drawing. Locate and mark the center of each edge where the corners were cut off. Drill a pilot hole just large enough and deep enough to allow the bolt thread of the hanger bolts to be screwed in. Do not make the hole too large or the special screws will come out when the ears of corn are put on them. Install all four hanger bolts the same way.
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS :
1. Fasten platform (C) to back (A) using 3 flathead assembly screws.
2. Fasten each support (B) to back with 2 flathead assembly screws and to platform (C) with 2 flathead assembly screws.
3. Fasten the corn holder (D) to the platform with the nail. Locate and mark the center of the platform edge. I recommend drilling a pilot hole, a little smaller than the nail, in the platform for the nail to keep the platform from splitting when you drive in the nail. Do not drive the nail in all the way. You want the corn holder to be able to spin easily on the nail.
4. To mount the feeder, fasten to a tree or post with the 2" flathead mounting screws. Screw the ears of corn onto the woodscrew thread of the hanger bolts and you are ready to watch the squirrels get fat.
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Last updated 29 Dec 2006