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My last thread seemed to get lost when the forum had some work done on it so i thought I would remake my thread as I made a few more perches since then.

All the perches are made from apple wood mainly because its the easiest wood to recognise thanks to the big apples hanging off the branches in summer, dont want to hurt my little birdy! It also means they are incredibly strong, the larger perches have 12 rings meaning they took 12 years to grow to that size, such a heavy strong wood, makes it difficult for my little budgie to destroy them!





 

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Those are great. How do you anchor the bolt in the wood? glue or some kind of hardware?
I've been wanting to make a platform perch but am unsure how to go about attaching the bolt.
 

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Those are great. How do you anchor the bolt in the wood? glue or some kind of hardware?
I've been wanting to make a platform perch but am unsure how to go about attaching the bolt.
I drill a hole using a wood drill bit and then screw one of these in, one half is course threads designed to go into wood leaving the fine thread on the outside where the wing nut can be attached.

 

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Thank you trum, I've not ever seen those before. I'll have to have a look next time I'm at the hardware store.
 

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Thank you trum, I've not ever seen those before. I'll have to have a look next time I'm at the hardware store.
I dont know what country your in but if you search ebay for "METAL DUAL THREAD DOWEL SCREWS" you will find them, i use M6 size as they are thin enough for perches but large enough to feel nice and sturdy, then i use a 5mm drill bit to make the hole meaning its got 1mm of wood for the threads to bite on, if you need any help don't be afraid to ask!
 

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I love the perches you've created!
(Since your previous thread got lost, so did my initial reply! :()
Thanks! Its weird how the thread disappeared, not 100% sure what happened.

Im thinking about maybe attempting to sell some of my perches, i just need to gauge interest and figure out if anyone would want them, i make them as its sort of therapeutic to me so if i was able to maybe sell a few it would be rather helpful.
 

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These perches are great and I'd be interested to purchase some.
As for selling them you could start off with Facebook or Etsy and try and try and work up to maybe your own website.
 

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Your thread disappeared when the forum was migrated over to a new server:

http://www.talkbudgies.com/news-abo...lost-during-server-migration.html#post4065252

Therm has given you good advice with regard to working through Etsy or Ebay for selling them.

Good luck!
I put a few perches up on ebay (uk) to see if anyone would have any interest but i think maybe it's such a specialised item it might not be the sort of thing that sells well. I will keep trying, my therapist told me to do somthing that relaxes me so I picked working with wood so even if they don't sell i'm going to be making perches as i lover doing it. I could probably make a new ebay account specifically for the perches, that might help.

I never thought of Etsy, might look into that!
 

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I think Etsy will be a lot better for it because you can market around it.

If you have a Facebook account, you can do a side page or group and get some small interest that way.
And if you want to try and get a little business, you could go on social media. Follow Instagram and tumblr accounts that have the same interest as you and then post pictures and talk about your love of birds.

that's if you want to. You can also just keep it super casual. Now, to go and find your listing on eBay. :)
 

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I think Etsy will be a lot better for it because you can market around it.

If you have a Facebook account, you can do a side page or group and get some small interest that way.
And if you want to try and get a little business, you could go on social media. Follow Instagram and tumblr accounts that have the same interest as you and then post pictures and talk about your love of birds.

that's if you want to. You can also just keep it super casual. Now, to go and find your listing on eBay. :)
I took your advice, i made an etsy shop. I have put one perch up so far but as I make more I will be updating and putting new perches up. Its a fun little project, my therapist said I need to find something that relaxes me so im not going to ask silly money, just enough to keep me making them, all the hardware costs add up, I would guess each perch costs me a good £4-£8 on consumables and then about £2.50 on ****ings.

Anyway my store will be updated as I make perches, I would like to throw a glutt up but unfortunately it takes a lot of time to make them!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CustomBirdPerches
 

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The Etsy store looks great, I hope that people will buy them! I'm sure that they will--you can't pass up such beautiful woodwork :D :thumbup:

Great work!
 

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Great idea Trum!

I also like the product information that you wrote up to go with the perches - Get a bit of safe wood and safe metal education out there too ;) :thumbsup:
 

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If you would be willing to ship to the US I would definitely buy one! Those are so cool :D
Maybe in the future. To be honest this sort of thing is terrifying for me so if i sell a few and everything goes well i might get the courage to expand to US but the postage is bad enough for the UK, a small perch and im being told £4-£5 so i cant imagine what it would be to the USA. I dont want to be ripping people off on postage, it would make me feel terrible!

I actually just looked and its not THAT bad, something between £5-£6 for international to the USA. Makes no sense to me how sending a parcel in the UK is only £1 cheaper than the USA......that's the royal mail for you!
 

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It'll come down to weight.

You can always charge a little more to cover costs and then refund a portion of the cost that you don't spend. That's what Natural Bird company do frequently.
 

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Couple I made today, its so relaxing making them, glad I got a dust mask though, it was destroying my throat! Ran out of steel ****ings so have to wait until that arrives to complete them.

 
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