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Old 01-21-2012, 07:58 PM
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Another life time ago, I got a PVC bird stand / play gym stand from a vendor at a animal pet show in PA. I always wondered what they used to make the grooved pattern in the pieces of PVC where the bird stands on. I have heard many times to use #60 sand paper and rub the heck out of the pipe. But it still didn't have the same results as the stand I bought. I ask the person selling the stand and who also made them, how did you get the surface of the PVC that way, and I got the classic answer, "if I told you then I would have to kill you" So to this day I still wonder what was used. Can anyone share some light on this now since it has been so long since I thought about it. I only ask now cause I have birds again.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:29 PM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Do you have a picture of the pvc to show how it was grooved? I would think you could groove it by throwing it on a lathe and making cuts in it but that's about it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:43 PM
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

they score it somehow~ I have one like that too, but the ones I have made I just wrap in vet wrap or cover it in sisal rope
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

You could always take a really sharp knife and score it a whole bunch. That's about all I could think of or do what triordan suggested.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I just ordered a shower perch that describes to have PVC that's been altered somehow to allow a bird to have a good grip. I'm very curious to see how it's done. It'll be here Monday.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Don't use sand paper, it can cause splinters on the birds feet. They use a dremel tool. My husband makes them and I have a friend that has a website selling perches and play gyms made of PVC.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I was also going to say use a Dremel. PVC is really, really hard to cut with a knife. With a Dremel you could sculpt the whole surface.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

Try wrapping with vet tape.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand

I wrapped Pete's shower perch with vet wrap. However he is too busy in there with his shower to think of picking it off. I can see some birds maybe doing that on a play gym.

Harbor Freight Tools sells a really cheap Dremel type tool with a bunch of attachments for those in the US looking for one they won't use much. I've seen it on sale as low as $7.99. I have an old Craftsman one and a newer Dremel brand one, but I do use it a lot. I only have 2 because I loaned the old one to someone and didn't see it again for 3 years; was pretty sure I was never getting it back! They are also great for cutting the heads off bolts if you want to make your own perches.
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Re: PVC Bird Play Gym Stand - PICTURES

Here are some pictures I took of one part of the perch. It almost looks like a wood finish. Maybe done with a belt sander, Router?? I'm gona try both since I have both tools.






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