|Project by scottb||posted 03-28-2007 05:13 PM||6437 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
a potential contender for the Gorilla Glue contest. This fits into the “outdoor entertainment” aspect of the contest, however since the glue is only used to bond wood to wood, and not wood to another material, I’m taking my chances with a mixed media birdhouse in the contest…. with so few entries right now, just about all of us will be getting a T-shirt at the very least!
A ferris wheel of sorts for the squirrels, with food for the more agile, and great entertaiment for the humans!
A year or two back my brother-in-law made one of these with leftover mahogany from his parents deck. (yep, we sure are taking full advantage of all that surpluss… he even took a suitcase full back down to Texas – traded for some Texas beer. Talk about a win-win!)
That one was either an upgrade to the one the squirrels were currently enjoying, or a second one. I can’t remember if they have one or two at this point.
There were enough spindles left to make one more, slightly smaller one, which I did. and proptly forgot about it in the basement when it only needed some mounting hardware and corn. Last week I finally dug it out, gave it a final sanding to clean up the glue squeeze out, and attached the wheel to the support arm.
Sunday my daughter “helped” me hang it up. We don’t really have many squirrels, but we do have chipmunks, perhaps the slightly smaller size would be just perfect! It didn’t attach to securely to the tree, and with the weight of the corn, didn’t spin nearly as well as inside. As long as the racoons stay off, it should be fine though.
Come wednesday, one of the ears of dried corn had fallen off, and gravity didn’t turn the wheel. I guess I needed to use some hardware more tolerant of a little precipitation! as it won’t even turn.
Methinks some new hardware is in order, plus, I figure I’ll lenghten the ams a bit while i’m at it…. so for now the circus has packed up and left town… hopefully it will be back before next year. or maybe It’ll move to a permanent home over at the inlaws. Offering a “kiddie” ride for the less adventurous squirrels that just LOVE the one they already have!
updated 8/31/08: So I finally adjusted the hardware and now it spins freely, regardless of the rain, heat and humidity! I also moved it to the other side of the tree, where it looks/works much better. The only hardware/screws used are to attach the wheel (and keep it spinning) and keep it attached to the tree. All wood joinery is done with original formula gorilla glue.