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"Bear-Proof" Door
Ramon Nelson, 81, ofáHenning, Minn.ámakes things for fun. And, he says, "I don't buy what I can make"

One of his recent projects is a wood door with a wooden latch and hinges. He calls it his "bear-proof door" because he's fairly certain it could withstand the assault of a bear scouting for the source of sunflower seeds that fill the bird feeder hanging in Nelson's yard.

The door is made of sturdy pine with poplar hinges. The latch is ash. "I needed the latch to be strong," he says. He didn't work from a pattern or design for any of it. The hinge is on a dowel so he can lift it up and replace the hinge when it wears. He also put in a plastic washer for the hinge to ride on, giving it more endurance.

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4