A Chicken Feeder Picnic Table
This adorable picnic table also serves as a feeder for our chickens. This design can be used for other wildlife also~squirrels, birds. Just the right size for our feathered friends and very easy to make. To see more about our urban farm and chickens, visit my website, Life at Bella Terra.
I bought some scrap wood from Home Depot and saved a pallet from the delivery of a new dishwasher.
The first step is to cut the base of the table. I cut a piece of 24” X 24” plywood into 3 — 8” X 24” pieces.
Next I cut the pieces for the edges of the table. I pre-drilled, glued and screwed them in place. The plywood was 3/4” so the drilling and screwing must be done carefully.
The legs of the table came next. Four pieces, the same length, cut at 45° on both ends. They are attached to the underside of the table with screws coming in through the underside edge of the table. Again, you should pre-drill the holes to minimize splitting.
Finally, I put on the braces and seats. The side braces are long enough for the seats to be glued and screwed in place and the center brace is installed after the side braces are attached. I had no plans so this was done on the fly. Measure twice and cut once.
My tools included two drills (one, an old school Craftsman which plugged in (my battery powered DeWalt died on me 😐) and my Makita (very reliable for driving screws. I also used a Milwaukee circular saw, some screws, liquid nails glue, the wood and a square and measuring tape. A miter saw would work well for the project too.
This project took a couple of hours of work. I sealed it with some spar varnish and may put drain holes in the table top (although it will be under cover).
The chickens love it and it is where we put some fresh greens and special treats for them.
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Life at Bella Terra on Dec 11, 2020
Thank you! It is fun to watch them use it.
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