Jeff Sexton

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bird Stand Project

Bird accessories are expensive.

There's good reason for this I suppose. They are often handmade, they have to meet rigorous requirements in construction and materials, and it's a niche market.

Bird stands are a handy, and portable, place for a bird to hang out in other parts of the house, away from their primary area. And they are good for training.

They are also expensive.
I have made a couple of these now, using materiel I already had around the house.

The first pieces make up a simple frame of bird-safe wood, with a 1/4 inch cut-out around the inside.
It's assembled with just a very few well recessed nails. A nail gun is handy for this, but you can set them by hand too.
The next piece is a square of materiel I got in a big sheet from the seconds/damaged area at IKEA. It's a composite material with a glossy surface. They use in for all sorts of desktops and such in IKEA furniture. I bought two sheets quite awhile ago, one I used for my watchmaker's bench.

This just gets cut square to fit in the frame.

Little sanding and this is ready to go.
This is a store bought perch, but these are easy to make too. With a hole drilled in the center of the tray, this will attach, as well as holding the tray to the stand.

I zipped-tied a bowl to the perch for some snacks.
 The stand is an old steel plant stand.
I unscrewed the threaded part from the perch a little to reach, but assembled the wingnut holds it all together.

And there we have it, Harlan approved.

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