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Building a Squirrel Whirler

Do you get tired of squirrels robbing your bird seed?  Give them a place to eat on their own.  Build a squirrel whirler.  A piece of dried corn cob goes on one end and when the squirrel goes to eat it, his weight makes the whirler swing down like a pendulum.  It is amusing to watch, and the squirrels do not seem to mind.

First, gather your wood.  You will need the following:

1 vertical mount 3/4” X 1 1/2” X 12”

1 horizontal support 1 1/2” X 1 1/2” X 10”

1 brace 3/4” X 7 1/4” X 7 1/4 “

1 Paddle 3/4” X 7 1/4 “ X 48”

1 retainer 3/4 “ X 3/4 “ X 3”

 First, cut the paddle.  Take the 7 1/4 by 48 inch board and draw a line 1 1/8 inch from the bottom on one side.  Do the same on the diagonally opposite corner.  Draw a line to connect the two marks.  Cut the paddle on the line.  On one of the two pieces you end up with, cut the corners off the large end to form a pointed end, as shown below.

One the small end of the paddle, drive a 16 penny galvanized nail through the end.  On the back of the small end, fit the retainer over the nail head and screw in with two no. 8 deck screws.  Set the paddle aside.

Now we need to make the brace.  Take the 7 1/4 square piece of wood.  On one corner, mark up one inch.  On the diagonally opposite end, mark up one inch.  Connect the lines and cut there to form the brace.  Now, take the vertical mount and connect it to the brace with three deck screws.

Now, take the horizontal support and connect it to the brace with two screws.  Use one screw to connect it to the vertical mount.

Draw a line on the paddle from the point of the large end 26 7/8 inches  Drill a hole at this point.  Drill a hole in the middle of the top of the horizontal support.  Now, using a 1/4” X 3” lag screw, mount the paddle on the horizontal support.  Before screwing in the screw, put one washer on the top of the horizontal mount and one washer on the top of the paddle hole.  Thread the screw through the two washers and secure.  Now your squirrel whirler is complete.  Mount on a tree using the vertical mount to secure the whirler to the tree.  Place a corn cob with dried kernels on it on the nail and let the games begin.


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