Replace the bird feeder post
September 23 rd. to October 1st.

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The horizontal arm (right side) has been slowly slumping for the past year and will likely fall off soon. This is it's fourth year in the elements and the seed feeder is much heaver that the others.

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The pictures started a little later in this project so this is well along in the time line.
The front post is the replacement for the failing one. The back post is the test version needed to figure out how to drill the 45o holes required to mount the support arms.

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Each of the horizontal arms are mortise and tenon into the vertical post. And the support arms are mortised and tenon into the post and horizontal.

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Assembled and glued up (with Gorilla white glue). The expanding glue caused a couple of hours work with utility knife and sand paper cleaning it up. Maybe regular outdoor wood glue would have been a good idea.

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Each of the raw ends of the dowel were capped with cedar turned from scrap wood blocks.

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Lathe setup used to turn the end caps.
Just to note: I shy away from any turning job that requires making more than one of anything. This job required three caps for the arms and one for the top of the post.

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First coat of a two part stain process. Will take two days to dry in the shop.

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Part two of the stain process. Again two days to dry.

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This is the new mounting base. Turned from pressure treated SPF. This is while the second coat of stain is still wet and shiny.

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Done. Took 30 minutes of unhappy birds while the old post was removed and the new installed. Boy does that old seed feeder look tacky now.

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