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Old 09-25-2014, 06:25 AM   #1
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The other week, I went into my back garden and 'borrowed' a couple of branches off the willow tree. They were a good thickness. I cut all the little branches / twigs off and cut them to the width of my bench vice after leaving them to dry for a while. I then stripped the bark and left them a few more days.
I went into the shed today and set up a little jig to drill the pieces so the holes are in line.

First hole drilled

Jig set up with a headless nail so the pieces rest over it so the holes are in line.

Piece in place and drill second hole in centre where pencil mark is.


All pieces done, virtually level. lol

I have some good strong wire from a chainlink fence that was not used. It goes along hte top and bottom so the chainlink can be fixed to it. Very good stuff. Plastic coated too. Place pieces on. I had to change and do them one at a time as it was getting harder to slide them all down at the same time when putting second wire in.
Change of plan to put them on. lol

Bend both ends over

Into bendy bridge.


This was an easy project. Didnt cost a penny.
If I want, I can fit some eyes from a curtain wire to the ends and suspend it from the top or use as a ramp. It is safe to be chewed as well.

No trees were harmed in making this bridge. That happened before I made it. lol.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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Lol you're too clever. If only we all had a willow tree growing in the back garden and all the tools to make it who are you going to give it to?
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:31 AM   #3
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It has to be Ginger. I got a surprise for you all but you will have to wait til tomorrow when I put pics up.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:31 AM   #4
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As always, Ian, fantastic DIY project thankyou for sharing!
I am definitely going to have to make more stuff for my hams than I do... But first I need to find more time to myself....
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:33 AM   #5
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This is so easy to make. I looked at one in P@H and saw it was just branches with holes in and a wire on each side bent over. Exactly like I made it. And they charge over 6 for a small one
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:35 AM   #6
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As always, Ian, fantastic DIY project thankyou for sharing!
I am definitely going to have to make more stuff for my hams than I do... But first I need to find more time to myself....
Thanks. I will have to make some more. The trouble is my drill is a heavy duty one and it pulls on my arm when doing repeat jobs. lol. I dont have a bench drill.
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Just Brilliant
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:44 AM   #8
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Just Brilliant
Thanks.
Just eyeing up the tree in my garden. It has only got 5 good branches left. It is only a yong tree. I will have to see if I can get more from elsewhere.
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It has to be Ginger. I got a surprise for you all but you will have to wait til tomorrow when I put pics up.
You've got me intrigued.....
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:57 AM   #10
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Brilliant. This looks like something I could actually do if I can find good sized branches next time I'm somewhere that has trees. Are there trees that aren't hamster safe? We have olive trees in the village and I bet the branches are a good size. I've been wanting a bendy bridge but I can't find them here. Thanks Ian.
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