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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-02-2010 06:15 PM 8319 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was done as a surprise Xmas gift in 2008 for my wonderful neighbors, Chad and Rosie.
Rosie adores squirrels – Chad tolerates them. I would be happy if they all stayed on their property. Thus was born the squirrel maze!
It’s designed that food is placed at the very end of the maze (top center) and the tree rat, I mean squirrel, enters from the bottom right and finds its way to the food. A lexan cover allows easy viewing of the show. I used pressure treated pine for the wooden bits and leftover steel flashing for the roof. I placed the cover in a dado so it slid down to be easy to clean and restock – two pegs hold it in place.
It took them all of a few minutes to figure this out – although very annoying to a gardener, they are smart critters! I think our squirrels are watching MacGyver in their spare time! :-)

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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Brad_Nailor

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 07:05 PM

Neat item! We have a ton of squirrels in our neighborhood. I watched a documentary about squirrels where they kept creating problems for the squirrels to solve to get the food, making it harder and harder as they went. By the end the squirrel was pedaling a little cart across a rope and doing all kinds of crazy things, but it figured it out every time!

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Jason

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 07:08 PM

Very funny story Bob. I get a lot of tree rats in my yard too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 07:28 PM

If it weren’t for the squirrel, we wouldn’t have trees… And they’re good eat’in too! lol

Nice project, well done!

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Bricofleur

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 09:30 PM

That is a good way to keep quirrels away from the bird feeders. I’ll be making one for sure. Favorited.

Thanks for sharing this brilliant (a-maze-ing) idea.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 09:51 PM

no squirrels here.. not in my yard anyway.. .. too bad though, I’d love to see them run the maze!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 01:53 AM

Cool project. May think about making one up for my in-laws cabin. Could provide some good entertainment value.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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hunter71

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 09:49 PM

OH, our cat would love it, just outside the window.

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 12:25 AM

Fun project.

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

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Cathy Krumrei

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#9 posted 01-05-2010 12:58 PM

OH MY GOSH! My neighbor and my sister would have a blast watching those tree rats inside this! TOO CUTE!
I’d love to have the measurements! Could you kindly post them? Would make great birthday gifts for them. How many tree rats will fit in at the same time? LOL Thanks for sharing. My husband had made our neighbor the jar one but they don’t seem to like going in that one at all.
Krum

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KnotCurser

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#10 posted 01-05-2010 01:40 PM

Krum,

It measures around 30” wide x 30” high (to the peak) and around 5 1/2” deep. The depth was easy to figure out because I didn’t want to rip down the 1×6 I was working with. ;-)

I basically used decking material for the entire thing. Just make sure the slot for the plexiglass is done without too much play because they will chew their way in if given the opportunity!

As far as multiple squirrels – I have seen two of them in it but it tends to get pretty animated when it happens. I’ll have to ask the neighbor if she routinely gets more than one squirrel inside.

BTW – this was NOT an original idea! I saw the picture of this on a website and copied the layout. Just don’t want to take credit for something that I shouldn’t.

Good Luck!

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Cathy Krumrei

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 04:57 PM

Thanks for the information. I can’t wait to get started!
Krum

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 01-05-2010 05:04 PM

Bob – Thanks for the details.

Krum - Don’t forget to show yours when done.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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pat sherman

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 06:33 PM

wonderful idea. i guess i will have to get some lumber and make one for my squirrel. lol. should drive my cat fred nuts. lol.

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#14 posted 01-11-2010 11:45 PM

neat idea! I have a lot of squirels that visit me in my workshop begging for peanuts… I had one actually tap on my shoe while I was running a board through my Radial Arm Saw one day (scared the heck out of me). They also followed me up on my roof when I re-shingled it a few years ago. They actually climbed the ladder I had leaning on the side of my house and made several trips to visit me for more peanuts. Thankfully, I had one extra pocket in my tool belt that I had filled with peanuts for them… gonna have to build this one sometime so I can get some cool pics of the little critters… thanks for posting…
Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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KnotCurser

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#15 posted 01-11-2010 11:52 PM

Wisty,

PLEASE post some pics when you build yours – I would love to see what you come up with!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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