Home-Made Freestanding/rolling "Tree" for Sammi the Amazon
Posted 01 November 2010 - 11:48 PM
Oh, the entire thing took less than an hour to make, and I used 2.50 worth of screws (stainless steel are expensive) and $1.69 worth of PVC connector. So just a bit over $4 total.
Here's the completed Freestanding/Rolling "Tree":
This was made with parts of a branch I had already cut off of our Fig tree. We let the branch sit outside in our yard for about 1.5 months and it's very dry (it's Vegas - it baked in the sun!).
If you look closely, the only branches I "added" are the top 2 horizontal ones. Everything else was part of the original branch, including the one that grew horizontally. So I got very lucky in finding this branch.
There's only a couple non-obvious parts of building this:
-I used all stainless steel screws, and I did pre-drill them before screwing them together. I used 1.5" screws and they are very sturdy.
- The rolling base was from a very old office chair that was in the garage of this house when we bought it. Cost to me $0.
- The PVC piece on the bottom is a "T" connector for 2" PVC pipe. The internal diameter is 2.25" which just so happened to fit EXACTLY over the top of the vertical metal part of the chair base. Note: There are straight "sleeve" connectors for PVC in the same size, but they are only about 3-4" long and I didn't think they'd give enough support. This is closer to 6" long for more support, although there's a not-so-pretty extra piece sticking off the side.
- For the base part,, I used self-drilling metal screws, pre-drilled the PVC and the screws drilled into the steel base, no problem. Really it was very sturdy after 2 screws, but I still used 4. I put 1 very low, 2 in the middle and 1 high.
- For the base where it goes into the tree, I pre-drilled the PVC and used 1.75" stainless wood screws. Again, I staggered them and also put one angled down about 15 degrees, and one angled up 15 degrees.
Here's a close-up of the base:
I went ahead and sanded some areas that were pokey. Other than that, I left the bark on, since it does have some grip and Sammi's feet still aren't very strong after being in a cage with 1 little perch for 2 straight years.
After we got done, my wife said, "oh, we should have used a piece of plywood and put it on top of the base before the coupler, to catch the poop. Oh, duh, I knew that but forgot. So I'll probably take out the screws, cut a piece of plywood and drill a 2.5" hole in the middle, slide it on, and re-attach the tree.
Finally, here's a close up of the top of the tree. There's a good variation of thickness and angles, too!
Sammi is currently on the tree, took a little coaxing and she's not moving much, but she seems comfortable. I'm excited for the next few months where the varied diameters and angles of the wood will strengthen her legs!
Posted 02 November 2010 - 04:49 AM
She's already really getting around on it. I found I do need to put one more "branch" to help her get from the top, down. She can get from the bottom, up, but has problems getting down.
I hung a toy with her favorite (wiffle golf balls). I put treats inside and within 1 minute she was going CRAZY... listen for her "happy noises"!
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 03:57 AM
@maggy and Trapper, thanks for the comments
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