Our old feeder was falling apart. It was no longer safe for birds and squirrels to even be on it. So it became an immediate project. Starting out, I had no idea how I was going to do this. The old one was very non conventional. It came together as the materials for it showed up. I imagined the new one would be the same. Requirements were that the new one be stronger, last longer and be pretty.
This was the old one. Nothing fancy. Stool from thrift store and I cut out one leg to get feeder inside. Mounted to post we picked up from roadside. It had a piece of rubber around the outside to keep seed shells contained. Had an opening that led down to a metal bird bath.