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Old 10-15-2007, 02:30 PM  
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I have a dead avocado tree (long sad story-overpruned) in my back yard. I was thinking that a tree house would be nice so the tree isn't a total loss but I dont know how kosher it is to build in a tree that's dead.

The trunk is about 18 inches. It's plenty strong now but I don't know if its prone to rot or termites and such.

I guess the question is - is this tree worth building in?



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Old 10-15-2007, 03:26 PM  
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Hey Oil Can:
Yes, the tree is worth building in; I'm sure the lumber you use to build it will be dead too. If it is a concern, you could always seal the tree like a deck or whitewash it. By the time it begins to rot, your children will be burned out on it or too old for it.
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heheh...thanks Glenn. It's kinda like, I have a million other more pressing projects and my kid is only 10 months but it seems like such fun to build.
Anyway, that seals it. I'll send pics..

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That sounds like a good post for a 9 ft birdhouse

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Great hotels man.....ever seen a 9 foot bird...hehe.

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That thing's incredible...do you put those in trees?

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That thing's incredible...do you put those in trees?
Unfortunately i don,t have any trees in my yard that i can put them in so find old dead trees and then i dig a hole and put them in.
I also use old barn beams for the smaller birdhouses.

I had a bad lightning storm a few years ago and it took down a large northern pine so i used it for these two birdhouses.

It is much easier if you do have a half tree still standing, it saves on the digging and is obviously much stronger.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:31 PM  
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I looked at your site. I couldn't afford any of those but the Bogner Inn is my favorite. Well done!

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I looked at your site. I couldn't afford any of those but the Bogner Inn is my favorite. Well done!
Thanks Oilcan

I just got a order to build 10 more for a customer in the states.

I would rather build them for myself and then sell the plans but you gotta keep the customers happy and give them what they want .
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Hi Oilcan,
Did you ever build your tree house in the dead tree? I want to use a dead tree for the third leg and was wondering how it worked out.
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heheh...thanks Glenn. It's kinda like, I have a million other more pressing projects and my kid is only 10 months but it seems like such fun to build.
Anyway, that seals it. I'll send pics..


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