Squirrel Feeder

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Project by ROY53 posted 1715 days ago 5246 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I look at some of the absolutey extraordinary projects posted here and think “what could I post that is worthy of taking these outstanding craftsmans time?” Frankly, I’m comfortable with my abilities and I also know that I get better with each project. However, I suspect that many of our members are simply intimidated by the quality and complexity of many of the projects and just don’t post. That’s why I’m putting this squirrel feeder up, in hopes that you’ll be encouraged to put stuff up even though it’s no museum piece.

This particular idea came from a neighbor lady who had seen it in a magazine and asked me to make her one. It’s made from a single cedar fence plank. Since we have removed about 80’ of cedar fence I’ve got plenty of material. FYI, the longer members are 16” the roof and front are 8” and the sides are 9.5” and 8”. The hole size for the jar depends on your particular jar, as they vary.

Obviously these are a real simple build, but kind of a fun product. We have a friend that is selling them in her gift store for $30.00. It takes about an hour to make 5. The hardest part is finding 1 gal. glass jars.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#1 posted 1715 days ago

Looks good! I wouldnt mind having one but the glass would definitely get busted from bullets!

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#2 posted 1715 days ago

Looks good to me. Something like this around gives easy access to food for squirls and could possibly keep them away from bird feeders.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 1715 days ago

I have been feeding red squirrels for about 25 years and have never had a problem with them invading anything ( house or bird feeder).
This jug thing looks like a neat idea for some of my friends that want to do as I do.
How do you load it?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 1715 days ago

OK – maybe I too will start to post those things that we all make and aren’t really purdy – not withstanding the squirrel trap – errr feeder – of course it looks like a fine example of a quality feeder to me – nice job

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#5 posted 1715 days ago

Looks like a fun project Roy thanks for sharing it.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1714 days ago

Very neat project. How does the jar stay in place?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 1714 days ago

wow that looks great i might just try this…(great looking fence plank too)

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 1714 days ago

I hate squirrels. I wouldn’t give one of them little suckers nothing. We have so many around here they tear up stuff, and are a general p.i.t.a. They dig up flower beds,dig holes in the yard, and set around a squeel and squawk all the time. Drives anybody nuts. I want to kill all I see. Makes good squirrel stew!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#9 posted 1714 days ago

Bob #2

The jar is friction fit. Seems to stay in just fine.

I feel your pain.

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#10 posted 1714 days ago

I built one of these last week. I have plenty squirells, but haven’t had any visitors yet. Maybe they don’t like corn. You can order jugs off the net for $6.00 or you can buy a gallon jug of pickles for $5.00 and eat the pickles or throw them out. I have one more jug before i have to start eating lots of pickles. There is a free plan you can download. Google “Squirell under glass”

-- Acts: 2:38

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#11 posted 1714 days ago

Great, now all I need to do is Google: “Squirrel recipies”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 1714 days ago

From riks pics

From riks pics

From riks pics

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 1714 days ago

Neat looking feeder Roy.The variety in projects is one of the reasons this site is so great.Everyone can feel good about what they make.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#14 posted 1713 days ago

Nice project Roy. I bet the squrriels love it :-)

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#15 posted 94 days ago

Nice feeder. But more importantly great post on “project intimidation”. I’m debating for my first project on wether I should post a recent project or wait until I build a spectacular project.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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