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Old 03-27-2014, 09:30 AM
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I went in to sticker shock yesterday when I went to the store to buy branches and perches for a playstand I'd like to build. Ended up leaving empty handed!

Anyway, my dad is a wood turner and I'm wondering what types of sticks and branches I could ask him to start stockpiling for me... he is meticulous (type A personality) and labels every piece of wood that comes into his shop with the type of wood, when it was cut, where it was cut, etc. etc.!

I know apple is poisonous for the birds, black walnut is poisonous for the horses, anything pressure treated... anything else I should be especially careful/leery of??? Thank You!
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:37 AM
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Re: Safe Wood

JennyB good question. Sorry I have no knowledge but now you got my mind wondering also. Lets hope some others will come along who are more experienced with suggestions. Thanks.
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Re: Safe Wood

Check out Safe and Dangerous Woods for a list of safe and unsafe woods.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:42 AM
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Re: Safe Wood

We just purchased birch from a seller off etsy who is up in Wisconsin. My biggest concern was to get wood that was truly from the woods, where they would not be treated with fertilizer or pesticides. I did not want something out of someone's yard or grounds they treat or maintain. This guy was really wonderful, he goes out in the wilds of WI and collects down branches and does cut some as needed to meet requests.

Here is a list of everything we purchased.... and the total was $75 with shipping. He also sent extra of about everything except the center post obviously!

1) The long center piece will need to be fairly straight (it will be bolted to a platform to create the vertical main post). That piece will need to be 3.5" diameter (or slightly thicker if you have a piece available). It just needs to be fairly thick as we will bolt piece to create the play perches. That is the piece that will need to be in the 40" range.

(10) The pieces for perches would need to have one end that is at least 1" thick (we will need to put a screw into the center of each perch to attach to the main pole). The perch pieces can taper from the 1" to 1/2" thick, but no thinner, we have two medium cockatoos, so branches need to be fairly strong and thick. We can use lengths for perches that are 7" to 16", they do not need to be perfectly straight (I attached a photo so you can get a visual idea of an example of what we are trying to create). We are guessing 8 - 10 of those types.

(1) We would want a long branch for across the top, can be straight or have an arch or curve, should be at least 1" diameter in the center so its strong to have a bolt through or screw into the top of the post. That piece can be 20 - 24" length

(3) A couple thicker forked type branches for perches, those would probably need a base for attaching to the center post of at least 1.5". Length should be 12 - 16" ballpark.

We baked everything in the oven except the center piece (too big), but treated that with grapefruit seed extract. We are stripping most of the small perches of the wood. Birch is generally safe, but the bark in high volumes can be a concern, but is just the outer bark and if you know birch, it literally peels off, so not a problem. And its such a pretty wood
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:46 PM
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Re: Safe Wood

Thank you! I copied the info from both of you and plan to send it to my dad... He needs little projects to keep him busy, so I'll probably be swimming in wood before I know it!
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Re: Safe Wood

Hey jenny, i use lots of dragonwood. (grows local down here). maybe i could send you some. Lots of post about dragonwood on the forum (do the search thing).
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Re: Safe Wood

Henpecked, I have to admit I'd never heard of dragon wood and had to do google as well as forum searches! After seeing some pictures, I believe one of the perches I already have is made of the stuff...

Anyway, I'm hoping my dad can help me out with the wood... I was serious when I said he needs little projects to keep him busy! He tends to get underfoot & drive my mom crazy now that he's retired, so it's a win-win-win! (He has a purpose to get away from the house for a while, my mom gets a break, and I get help with my project, even if it is long distance!) But don't tell them that!!!
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Re: Safe Wood

Well maybe i can send him some "project" pieces to play with.
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Re: Safe Wood

I'm a fan of dragon wood!!!!! That's what I use for my birds as well.
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Re: Safe Wood

I got a really good laugh when I read somewhere that they think the name originally came from "draggin," - as in the way they got it out of the woods, and not from "dragon" - as in the mythical creature! Have to say, growing up in West Virginia, I spent plenty of time draggin wood out of the hollers and up the riverbanks! I'm a fan now just because of the name!!!
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