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Project by mls posted 11-07-2010 10:43 PM 2997 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Feeder is made from red cedar. It has a storage bin in one end that holds nuts or corn. The top is hinged to allow access to the feed bin. I covered the roof with roofing metal before making individual cedar shingles. I knew the shingles would leak so the metal under the shingles won’t let water in. The shingles are attached with Blackjack roof cement to the metal. I allowed about 1/16 gap between each shingle to allow for expansion. The rear side of the feeder is plexiglass so the food can be seen from the outside. The railing along the feeding area is made from a 5/8 dowel and 1/4 inch dowels. They are the only wood parts that aren’t cedar. I sure hated to put stain on it since the cedar smelled so good but I knew it would look better in th elong run and better match the deck. The squirrels may never come to it, but it looks good mounted on the deck rail. :) Sorry about the photo quality – just shots with my Blackberry phone.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---





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JasonWagner

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 10:49 PM

Looks great! It looks like you put a lot of thought and effort into this feeder. I recently found with my bird/squirrel feeder that if you ever let the feeder go empty the squirrels will try eat the wood work trying to get into the feeder!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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levan

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 11:16 PM

Nice looking feeder Mike. Build it and they will come.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 12:09 AM

That’s really pretty one.
If you have squirrels around they will find it. You may want to put out some water for them too as they ahve problems in the fall when everything dries up.
I have been feeding red squirrels for about 25 years. Each one has a different personality so they are great to have in your yard.
p.s don’t over feed them. They just bury it and it goes off before they find it again.

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

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 01:14 AM

Great job! I’m hoping news of this feeder spreads in the squirrel community and all the squirrels from this area move to your area to enjoy this fine feeder.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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DaleM

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 01:57 AM

I opened this project expecting to see another variation of some earlier squirrel feeders posted on here that either spun around every time the squirrel tried to get the food, or launched the squirrel across the yard. It’s nice to see someone actually want to feed some of the little critters without messing with their heads. I agree with the others, they’ll probably find it. It does look good anyway, even if they don’t. I like the shingles.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 02:03 AM

Looks great! Are you sure you haven’t started a squirrel bed and breakfast? Looks to nice to be just a feeder.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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TheFonz

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 02:41 AM

The St. Joe squirrels are gonna love that feeder. Very impressive work. I’m up in Albany Mo. Watching the Chiefs in a close one.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 05:26 AM

Great Lookin Feeder Where is The squirrels

-- Jim, Kentucky

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shopdog

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 02:00 PM

It’s a beauty, but…
Why would anyone want to attract squirrels to their yard/deck?
The ones around here get into my bird feeder, or dig up our plants.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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