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    Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    My friend and customer Chuck wanted a sturdy pole to hold a bird feeder bracket. The problem is that for some reason the arm of the bracket was three feet long, so it would apply a moment load to the pole. The other problem is that he wanted to mount the bracket 6-1/2 feet high so that people could walk under the bracket without hitting it. The first step was to make a SolidWorks model of the pole.

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    I find that my mister is great for keeping the part cool while taking heavy cuts.

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    I needed to cut a slot in the pole. To fit the pole in the room where my milling machine is located I had to rotate the waist of the Bridgeport and extend the ram as shown below.

    3. Offset waist of Bridgeport
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    4. Slot milled
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    I used my lathe to chamfer the end of the pipe. I know that the chamfer doesn’t require the accuracy provided by the lathe, but I have a lathe and this is a very fast operation.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    6. Loose parts are made
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    7. Tack welded the tap plate
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    8. Tap plate welded out
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    9. Tip welded to tube
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    10. Cross plate welded
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    11. Tip painted
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    12. Cross plate painted
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    13. Cap installed on end
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    That's just beautiful. I really enjoy posts like this. As a fledgling wannabe weekend warrior, these give me goals to shoot for. Also reminders that just because something seems simple it doesn't mean I should take any shortcuts or not go 100% to make it well.
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Awesome.

    I would have had to try it out as a javelin before painting...

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Watch out for the squirrels, little buggers are always swinging off my wife's feeder trying to ge in.
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    My friend and customer Chuck sent me a picture of the installed bird feeder. I still am not sure why he required a three foot cantilevered bracket to support the bird feeder, but his wife is thrilled with it.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Very nice work. The only thing I'd suggest to help keep the squirrels at bay would be attaching a Slinky at the top of the pole. Of course, with the red trellis there, squirrels could just use it as a launching platform.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    My friend and customer Chuck sent me a picture of the installed bird feeder. I still am not sure why he required a three foot cantilevered bracket to support the bird feeder, but his wife is thrilled with it.

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    -Don
    Looks like they wanted it to hang out over the flow bed.
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Looks great hard for a cat to climb too.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    My friend and customer Chuck wanted a sturdy pole to hold a bird feeder bracket. The problem is that for some reason the arm of the bracket was three feet long, so it would apply a moment load to the pole. The other problem is that he wanted to mount the bracket 6-1/2 feet high so that people could walk under the bracket without hitting it. The first step was to make a SolidWorks model of the pole.

    1. Concept Model
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    I find that my mister is great for keeping the part cool while taking heavy cuts.

    2. Mister to keep part cool
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    I needed to cut a slot in the pole. To fit the pole in the room where my milling machine is located I had to rotate the waist of the Bridgeport and extend the ram as shown below.

    3. Offset waist of Bridgeport
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    4. Slot milled
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    I used my lathe to chamfer the end of the pipe. I know that the chamfer doesn’t require the accuracy provided by the lathe, but I have a lathe and this is a very fast operation.

    5. End chamfered
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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    Very nice work. The only thing I'd suggest to help keep the squirrels at bay would be attaching a Slinky at the top of the pole. Of course, with the red trellis there, squirrels could just use it as a launching platform.
    Or a squirrel ladder.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by Broccoli1 View Post
    Looks like they wanted it to hang out over the flow bed.
    I was thinking that if they put the pole in the flower bed, they could have used a shorter cantilevered bracket. I know that Chuck’s wife bought the bracket first. He is a wise man to request a sturdy bracket that allowed him to use the bracket as it is.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by smithdoor View Post
    Looks great hard for a cat to climb too.

    Dave
    Thanks, I bet the clever squirrels will eventually figure out a way to climb the red trellis.

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    I know the squirrel will make it pole with dog pushing the squirrel up the pole.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    Thanks, I bet the clever squirrels will eventually figure out a way to climb the red trellis.

    -Don

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    Re: Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    Nicely done!
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