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Yellow Cedar Budget Box for Garbage

15 Aug , 2017   Video

The solar kiln for the firewood had to go. It did its job and dried the firewood, but now my spouse wants it gone. She now wants a bear proof box for the rolling green waste/garbage cans.

Since we get more bears at our city slicker homestead (go figure) it has to be a be sturdy, but budget friendly.

The plan was to build an enclosure on top of a pallet. It would hold two rolling styles of garbage cans.
This is my first time building a box to keep bears out.

In part 2 of the video series, the walls to the budget box were installed. The wood used was Yellow Cedar fence boards. The planks had a rough surface, but each board was a full 1″ thick by 6″ wide. Nice a sturdy.
I was planning on using an exterior grade plywood, but I could find enough scraps to clad the entire box.

Part 3– The doors were added with the black hinges and gate hardware. Also figured out how to add an easy access lid to the top.

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Buildings and Renovations,Wildlife

How to Make a Bat House from Scrap Wood- Part 1

24 Sep , 2015   Video

This video will show you how to construct a bat house from lumber and plywood scraps.
This is a fairly easy project and can be constructed with only a few tools. Most of the materials can be found free from a lumber yard or left over from a home renovation project. (Plans to come)
Bats are a critical part of our ecosystems. A bat house is a good way to increase the bat population and to control nocturnal insects.
I would like to thank Margaret from for her suggestions on plans and where to mount the bat house.



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A Rare Visit from a Winter Weasel

6 Feb , 2014  

A-visit-from-a-winter-wease The weather has been really cold up at the Cedar Workshop. After a few hours messing around with a wind turbine mount (off camera), I headed in to have a coffee and warm up. Heard a shout from the front door and my spouse spotted a winter weasel sneaking around the fire pit. Weasels or Ermine, are normally brown in the summer, but in the winter, the fur turns white to blend in with the snow.
Since these little mammals move so quickly and hard to distinguish from the scenery, it’s a treat to see them.
Good to have around because they eat mice and rats.
It was quite curious when I came out of the cabin. In the last 10 seconds (when the weasel was on the stairs) it was only 8 feet away. Quite a curious little mammal.


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