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Flying Squirrel Nesting Boxes for Life Rank Project

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Project by cmmyakman posted 11-20-2020 10:24 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for the length of the post, but if you ever want to make Flying Squirrel Nesting boxes, you will apprecaite the detailed information provided herein.

My son made five (5) flying squirrel nesting boxes for his BSA Life rank project. My son was supposed to do at least 6 hours for his project, and in the end, he spent over 4 times that completing and delivering these to the local county parks department.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vaPgbMJcVV1j9syz9

For some history, for my son’s Star rank project, he made some bird houses and planned to donate them to the Parks department.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mwsj1CEjwEdCc9Qv6

The Parks department didn’t want the birdhouses as they require too much maintenance. But they said, “What we really need are Flying Squirrel Nesting Boxes.” I didn’t even know that we had flying squirrels around here as I have never seen them. It turns out that the flying squirrels are nocturnal. Here is some information on flying squirrels in our area:

https://capitalnaturalist.blogspot.com/2015/02/southern-flying-squirrels.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_flying_squirrel

Here are the plans we used for the Flying Squirrel Nesting Boxes:

http://nestboxbuilder.com/pdf/FlyingSquirrelNestbox4.pdf

The Parks department also noted that entry way needs metal around it so the gray squirrels can’t chew their way in and attack the flying squirrels. Apparently, the gray squirrels hate the flying squirrels as they both go for the same food source – nuts. The parks department had one very good nesting box with the electrical outlet cover plate, while the other nesting boxes they had in their inventory suffered a lot of damage from the gray squirrels. So we used the same electrical cover plates (got them at Home Depot) with a 1-1/2 inch hole in the center as was used in the Parks’ one marquee nesting box. We also had to build up some cedar underneath the cover plate so there wasn’t a gap from the cover plate to the wall – those are shown in the pics of the blue taped stack of pieces that my son was cutting on the band saw.

At the table saw he cut dadoes, using a specially made sled, into three of the sides for the floors to slot in. The front side, that swings open, was left smooth. While it made the build more complex and time-consuming, we reasoned that the dadoes would radically improve the structural integrity of the boxes overall versus just putting screws in from the side surfaces.

We got some inexpensive cedar at Lowes that was about 7/16 of an inch thick. I thought it would be easy to glue two pieces together and form a nice thick piece and then plane it down to about ¾ inches thick. The prep work on the cedar took up a lot of our time, so if we ever do it again, we will just bite the bullet and buy ¾ inch stock (but it’s very difficult to find in this area). I wanted my son to do pretty much everything regarding the construction, which he did, other than some of the work I did on the router table to form the entry holes.

All in all, it was a great project as my son got to help with some conservation of the environment, the Parks department was happy with the end-product and my son learned more about woodworking.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.





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#1 posted 11-20-2020 10:42 PM

what a great project and excellent way to get kids interested in woodworking.i love that you allowed him to use tools like a bandsaw rather than just relegating him to sanding which probably would have turned him off.i only took one semester of wood shop in school because the teacher wouldn’t let us use power tools.he didn’t understand that i had been using power tools for years,so i went to metal shop instead-lol.nice job dad,tell your son he does nice work and he should be proud.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-20-2020 11:13 PM



what a great project and excellent way to get kids interested in woodworking.i love that you allowed him to use tools like a bandsaw rather than just relegating him to sanding which probably would have turned him off.i only took one semester of wood shop in school because the teacher wouldn t let us use power tools.he didn t understand that i had been using power tools for years,so i went to metal shop instead-lol.nice job dad,tell your son he does nice work and he should be proud.

- pottz

Thank you Pottz, I’ll relay your very nice message to my son. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 11-21-2020 12:19 AM


what a great project and excellent way to get kids interested in woodworking.i love that you allowed him to use tools like a bandsaw rather than just relegating him to sanding which probably would have turned him off.i only took one semester of wood shop in school because the teacher wouldn t let us use power tools.he didn t understand that i had been using power tools for years,so i went to metal shop instead-lol.nice job dad,tell your son he does nice work and he should be proud.

- pottz

Thank you Pottz, I ll relay your very nice message to my son. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

- cmmyakman


warms my heart when a kid isn’t in a dark room playing video games for 10 hours straight.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-21-2020 02:21 AM

Great project, and even better that you are passing on some skills to your son. He did a great job. Also the fact that you are teaching him safety practices as well. You have brought life to the woods

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 11-21-2020 06:51 AM

It looks like your son did a great job on his project. I award him 5 BSA Life Rank Awards! You’ve no doubt turned him into a woodworker for life!

I’m certainly glad they were made for the county park. If you were to ever have flying squirrels chew their way into your house, you’d know why I wouldn’t want to encourage them to nest close to home. About 30 years ago, some got into my house and I ended up completely re-siding the house to keep them from chewing their way in. It was a real nightmare.

L/w

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 11-21-2020 11:11 AM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#7 posted 11-21-2020 11:33 AM

Very good project! Great team work and excelent leadership!

-- Diego Cassels

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#8 posted 11-21-2020 11:37 AM

Great project for the young man!

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#9 posted 11-21-2020 02:24 PM

Great job! I wish we had projects like that When I was a scout (back in the dark ages). Let us know what he dose for his eagle project.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#10 posted 11-21-2020 09:55 PM

I’ve been a scoutmaster for 25 years and conservation projects are my favorite. Scouts not only learn how to build things but also learn about animal behavior. One of our scouts built bat houses and I also learned from that project. Great job!

-- Rich

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#11 posted 11-22-2020 01:57 AM

thats a dib dib dib from me
Very informative and ….Love the tee shirt!!

We have an area here which was reserved for sugar gliders but sadly money and development won out.

Their nesting boxes were similar.

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/natural-environment-and-water/biodiversity-in-brisbane/environmental-offsets-and-restoration-program

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 11-23-2020 03:38 PM

Thank you for all of your kind comments – I relayed them to my son.

Rich1995 – a Scoutmaster for 25 years!! Thank you for your service!

Sugar Gliders – I never heard of them Robscastle. At first I was thinking this was a term used for our squirrels that like maple trees or something. Now I see that are from Australia – very cool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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