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        Not sure if this is the right place, but lack of a pet board, this will have to do.

        I have a couple of ferrets that luvs to take their food and hide it under the couch for the ants to have. I’ll be making a “trough” if you will with a lid so when they are out free roaming, I can latch the lid of the food “trough” so they can’t get into it. I’m making this out of thin wood/plywood. Should/can I put any type of protective finish on the wood? I’m not sure if they would chew on the wood or not.

        I could simply use a plastic container with a lid, but I’ll have to glue weights on the bottom to keep the lil ****s from tipping it or running off with it. I figured the wood trough I could make with a large stable base to prevent tipping and it should be heavy enough so they can’t run off with it.

        If its not nailed down, it will be under the couch!
         
        Posts: 216 | Registered: Feb 01, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If having the lid being in the way of their food will cause them to chew on the lid, then I would avoid any finishes and keep it natural.


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        Posts: 10483 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Mineral oil would be my choice if I didn't leave it natural. Since you can use that on cutting boards and wooden bowls it is food safe.


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        Posts: 892 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        the best wood finish would be... steel.

        ferrets have abilities similar to squirrels in clawing and gnawing, and anybody who has tried to keep squirrels out of a wood bird feeder knows it can't be done without a skirting of the ferrous metal.


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        Posts: 5860 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Originally posted by swschrad:
        the best wood finish would be... steel.

        ferrets have abilities similar to squirrels in clawing and gnawing, and anybody who has tried to keep squirrels out of a wood bird feeder knows it can't be done without a skirting of the ferrous metal.


        Yeah the little suckers will chew through aluminium.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 892 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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