Not really sure why we did this, but a demo at Woodcraft was to use a Kreg tool to build a bird feeder, very easy and fast. I prepped all the wood (3/4" pine from 1x6's) ahead of the demo, and used the time to drill holes and put the parts together while talking about the tool and techniques. After we got home we took 2 pieces of clear plastic to cover the front and back, and leave the bottom up about 1/2" to allow filling with bird seed, and letting the birds just pick it out. However the fresh pine could not stand the weather if it got wet, so I asked my grand kids what we needed to do. At the time, they were going to put glue on the wood parts, and driving in the screws to assemble the feeder. Well, the answer was we should paint it, and we choose some of the paints we used on other projects, and they got right to work! The result was outstanding, and we attached some hanging string, loaded it with bird seed, and prepared to wait a couple days for the birds to find and start using it. Turns out, we got back inside after setting it up, and within 10 minutes... the birds began to feed.