Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Someday Project: Oriole Feeder

A few years back my Dad made me a Oriole Feeder.  The Orioles love it.  It holds containers of grape jelly and oranges.

Oriole Feeder

It has seen better days, but since it was a gift I wanted to restore it.

Yucky looking feeder

This is what it looked like after many spring bird feedings.  What an eyesore, if I were a bird I wouldn’t want to dine here.

Sanding in progress

It began to look better after I sanded it down.  All the sanding took place in the very organized only he knows where stuff is woodshop that used to be a greenhouse.  If the sun is shining in the winter it is a comfy place to work.

Far Guy took the plexi-glass roof off for me.  I have been known to totally ensnare my long hair in a drill and be unable to untangle by myself... zip just like that the darn drill was next to my scalp. I had to hold that drill up whilst several people tried to untangle me… many people had a good laugh that day.  Oh well what can I say I am not very mechanically inclined.

One not so windy day I sprayed the feeder with primer out doors...I only got a little high.  Then  like an idiot I purchased a gloss paint.  The getting high part probably ruined a few of my fairly intelligent brain cells.

Oriole Feeder

Two containers of gloss paint later over about a week and too many less than a 100 coats of paint. Finally when I felt like I could dine from the feeder I declared it done.

Feeder orange

Far Guy put the roof back on and now it sits over in my garage awaiting spring and Orioles.

This was one of my someday projects.

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30 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful. Just like the one I purchased from a garden store. Good job.

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  2. What a great feeder and it turned out really pretty. Those Orioles are going to love it! i wonder if we get them down here?

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  3. It looks beautiful and I'm sure the orioles will see it for miles away. ;-)
    I have a pair of brown creepers hanging around. Maybe they will stay this year and raise a family.

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  4. It's lovely now. Glad you didn't fall over after using that spray. I know what that feels like. :-)

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  5. I added a martin house this year - so far no takers, but we're hopeful. Maybe my next year addition should be an oriole feeder. I did see one just down the road a couple years ago - bird, not feeder...

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  6. What a beautiful job you did on that feeder.. I love the color..

    Shirley H.

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  7. We have a store bought one that looks like that except ours is plastic.....I like yours better. Nice job!

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  8. You have preserved a memory and a wonderful feeding station.

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  9. I like your high gloss feeder but the birds would actually prefer the old weathered version.

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  10. The orioles will be trying to eat the feeder, it is so orange:) Hope they like it!

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  11. I love the design of that feeder. So glad you were able to restore it. Looking forward to seeing some Oriole photos!

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  12. Oh my gosh got high on the spray lol that was funny psst you should wear a mask when you spray paint that way you wont get high off the fumes lol and tie your long hair back when using power tools I have to lol ! Looks awesome . I cant wait for our Oriels and hummers to arrive that probably wont be till the end of the month this year . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  13. That will be great. People in Iowa foolishly buy feeders for Orioles and then don't know that they are only passing through. I am sure some stay in the timbers but never in town. I can see how orioles will love this setup.

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  14. I'll bet it brightens things up -- love that bold color! I'm sure the orioles will think they're dining in a fine restaurant!

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  15. Such a nice job you did, even I would eat grape jelly from it!!!

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  16. Nice job on the bird feeder. It looks so much more inviting to the orioles, I'm sure.

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  17. I like the that feeder - my oriole feeders all end up breaking.... after one season. Hmmm I might see if somebody can make one :) Happy spring - they are starting work the fields!

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  18. Wow, what a great looking feeder, I want one.Blessings Francine.

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  19. You are super crafty. The refurbished feeder turned out good!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

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  20. How I wish we had Orioles--If we did and we did the feeder like you do the ants would eat it and
    the bees would be all over it.

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  21. Just getting caught up on what I missed during my blogging intermission. Looks like you had a great Easter gathering and your Oriole feeder looks great! What a nice makeover for your gift!

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  22. I had to laugh when I saw the DirecTV box!

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  23. The orioles and the oranges will all blend with the feeder.

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  24. The orioles should certainly enjoy it! :) Reminds me of my grandfather who made several birdhouses including a martin house or two...he was handy like your guy :)

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  25. Oh, I love it! But I never knew drills were dangerous to a person's hair--LOL! Forewarned. I am not mechanically inclined. ;)

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  26. haha, the drill story had a too familiar ring...
    Great redo on the feeder - surprised you caught a high when spraying outdoors, lucky girl. ;-)

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  27. Oh look how spiffy that is! I love the orange!

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  28. I'm curious

    You said
    I never look at the stats, seems like lots of extra work to me. But then I write for me and not anyone else. :)

    Comments are NOT welcome on your blog? If you 'write for me', why a public blog? Why not keep a pretty paper journal? I'm uncomfortable commenting if this writing is not meant for our eyes.

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