Box for a bird buddy

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 06-22-2018 01:53 AM 744 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago we had to give peace to my daughter’s pet bird. While we called him a parakeet he was actually an English Budgie. They look much the same except that EB’s are slightly larger and the eyes are different.

Gilligan was with us for nearly 11 years and I shared resposibility for him with my daughter. I thought of him as a grandson. About a week ago he started wheezing and went off his feed. At first he was treated for a respiratory infection, but he did not improve at all over a few days. The vet said it was likely a tumor in his neck that was constricting his breathing and not allowing him to eat much. It took a few days for us to come to terms with the situation and we had him put down.

I built this box from some of my pew mahogany. My butt joints are cleverly disguised by small dados run along the joint. The finish is with Danish oil.

[Mandatory glue-up photo]

[Gilly in better days]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 06-22-2018 01:58 AM

Sorry for your loss, Dave. Nice box for him!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 06-22-2018 02:02 AM

Sorry for the loss of your little buddy Dave. It’s alway tough when we lose a loving pet.
The box you built for him is very nice.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 06-22-2018 02:47 AM

My condolences Dave. I had some birds when I was a kid. They were fine, loving, playful pets. May God’s peace be upon you during your grief.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#4 posted 06-22-2018 03:16 AM

Dave, nice box, nice sentiment. I like your photo work on this posting. You did a fine job of illustrating the steps involved.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-22-2018 03:46 AM

RIP, Gilligan. Lovely box, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 06-22-2018 05:39 AM

I realy beleive that the bird deserved such nice box for final rest.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-22-2018 09:56 AM

Thank you all for such kind comments.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 06-22-2018 11:36 AM

A nice final resting place.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 06-22-2018 01:44 PM

A nice box for a good friend. Sorry for your loss Dave.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 06-22-2018 02:36 PM

very hard decision – a deserving final resting place.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 06-22-2018 09:50 PM

Sorry for your loss Dave. That is a very nice box.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#12 posted 06-22-2018 10:19 PM

Thank you all for the kind thoughts.

Somehow this humble project got to the Daily Top Three. Appropriate, I think.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#13 posted 06-22-2018 11:59 PM

A truly lovely way to say goodbye.

-- Tim

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#14 posted 06-23-2018 12:20 AM

Our pets become beloved, and when they pass we miss them dearly. The box was made with love. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#15 posted 06-24-2018 08:02 PM

Well done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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