Squirrel Feeders

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Playing in the shop today and using up more of the Cedar drops.

The first one is a Spinning Feeder, to hold a Corn Cobb. Currently there is an Apple stuck to it. The verticle piece spins on a lag bolt, so when the squirrel attempts to get at it, the arm will spin in one direction or the other. Once he is off the arm it will rotate back to the top. Only took about 45 minutes which included a finish of Howard's and hanging it on the tree.

The second one, is a new and improved version of one I built a few years ago. Added a couple of blocks across the front and made the plexiglass a little shorter and raised it so the nuts will come out at the bottom. Finished with Howard's. This took a little more time but still within the afternoon including the finish and hanging.

Here is the old one that did not have any finish applied.It's served it's purpose.


I also finished up with the Feeder Post for the bird feeders and set it in the ground.
the arms are Mortise and Tenon with 3/8" Oak Dowel pins.


Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome and appreachiated.

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I think we need a movie of a squirrel attempting to eat the apple.

May you have the day you deserve!

Dave, thanks. If I can geta video I will, I waiting to see how this works for the squirrels, Fun and cheap entertainment.

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You’re feedin’ lots of critters there buddy!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

All together...small ZOO at one place

...woodicted

Ryan, thanks. We like to sit on the porch and watch the wildlife, have a bunch of Hummingbirds here too.

Ivan, thanks. There are a few other four-legged ones running around here too.

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i agree with Dave we need video  GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Nice of you to take the squirrels into consideration, I've seen a lot of "squirrel proof" bird feeders.
If feeding them would keep them from other mischief, I’d make some squirrel feeders but somehow I just think feeders  would just attract more and they would form a gang.  I envision squirrels with mohawks and cans of spray paint tagging my house.  

I agree with Dave.  We need video.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Looks cool Eric.

It's not tagging the house you have to worry about Nathan, ours started farming - got nuts growing everywhere.
Turns out if you feed them monkey nuts, they eat some & bury the rest - if you keep topping up the monkey nuts, they never bother digging up the ones they buried.
Tony, thanks. Once they find it, I'll be out there filming.

OldTool, thanks. I am trying to keep them away from the bird feeders, and besides I like the cheap entertainment.

Nathan, thanks. They are a bit away from the house just for their mischievous behavior. I do like to see their acrobatics though. We had a family last month of young pups, I counted 7 and they were very curious making their way to the screen porch door.

Mike, thanks. I see them burying some of the nuts, I think to keep others from getting any.

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Fantastic, the squirrels and chipmunks can be quite entertaining!

~ Mystery by Design ~

I thought I had a rat chewing on a electrical conduit on my patio so I set a rat trap.  Turned out it was a momma squirrel.  One of her babies tried to grab one of the sunflower seeds I baited it with. Turns out baby squirrels can scream. It was god-awful.  Putting it out of its misery wasn’t great either. Momma did take the rest of here brood somewhere else though.  I dusted the entire area with red pepper to make sure they didn’t come back.  Probably time to do that again.  

I find that squirrels tend to take over my bird feeders and scare the birds away.  The feeders bring in dozens of squirrels which is when they really become a nuisance so I started buying  bird seed called “Hot Meats” which is coated with hot pepper and that keeps the varmints off the feeders.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Nice idea bud. I can see where that would be better than watching TV. I have a terrier and she will chase and sometimes catch and kill them. Rabbits don't stand a chance in my back yard. I've always had Labs, but this is the first terrier and she can't help herself. If it moves she wants it dead. My wife used to get so mad at her, but she knows it is something that breed will do.

.................. John D....................

Looks nice. You must have a big stash of cedar. 
I should have saved my squirrel story for this one. 
Kel Snake, thanks. yes they are fun to watch. Had a Chipmunk that would visit every evening when we lived up north. I decided to put some berries out on the big rock it sat on, I be damned, he stuffed about 7 or 8 of them in his mouth and ran off. They sure can pack the food in.

Nathan, the ones around here manage to leave the bird feeders alone, of course they have their own food too. I remember as a kid at Christmas time (probably 5 or so). Dad had the house sided, and apparently one was sealed into the attic. Well dad removed the scuttle hole in the closet, sure enough he dropped out one night. Dad and my brother chased that little critter around the living room trying to get it to go out the front door. Nope, he went up the big Christmas tree. Eventually they got him out of the house.

John, thanks. We had Labs, and they did a good job about keeping all of the critters out of the yard.

WoodGuy, thanks. Still have a little left, yet. But I will ned to make a purchase soon. Hey, I saw that cartoon the other day.

Steve, thanks. Yep, and having fun. These past few projects have been quick projects.



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Eric we once had a cabin bordering a national forest and chip monks were so much fun to watch. They would raid the bird feeder until the jays would come and kick them out.

Your right they can sure stuff their cheeks.
Cute.

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Nice work, Eric!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day