The first step to building the free bird feeder plans that you downloaded in step 1 is to cut the pieces for the edges of the base. Using a miter saw or circular saw, cut one piece of 1x8 cedar to 16-inches in length, and a second piece to 13-inches in length. These two pieces will be ripped to the proper width in an upcoming step.
Additionally, cut two pieces of 1x8 to 16-inches in width. These will serve as the bottom of the feeder, and will be ripped to 4-inches in width in an upcoming step.