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August 12, 2006

Get your woodworking geek on

Filed under: Personal,Wildlife Rehab — cec @ 9:09 pm

Just so you don’t think that I’m just a computer and photography geek, I wanted to update folks on another project. As I’ve said before, my wife does wildlife rehabilitation and managed to get conned talked into taking home a boa constrictor. Since they’re not native, he couldn’t be released once he was patched up.

img_1930_m.jpgFor the past eight months, he’s been living in a smallish (75 gallon?) aquarium. Okay, that’s not really small unless you’re a 6.5′ snake whose looking to get to be 8’+. This presented a great chance to do some woodworking. For the past couple of weekends, I’ve been building a 5.5′ x 2′ x 3′ terrarium for the snake. I’ve got the main walls, floor and top cut, stained and coated with many layers of polyurethane. Today, I put the cabinet together, caulked it (the caulk is still fresh, it will dry clear) and started working on the door.

Overall, I’m happy with how it is turning out. Hopefully by next weekend, the door will be complete and mounted and the snake’s furniture (water and food bowls, hide box and heating pad) will be here and we can move him in.

Oh, and for those whom know our family history with tools, I managed not to injure myself until tonight when I dremeled my fingernail and gouged the finger. I don’t think it’ll need stitches.


  1. Hey, what’s this about family history? Are we represented in that statement?

    Comment by Bettejean Cramer — August 14, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Mom, I seem to recall that all grandfathers managed to cut off at least one finger…plus, I managed to drop the top of the book case I built on my leg which left and EXTREMELY large abraision & bruise & possibly even caused a blood clot (as indicated by the “floating” bruise). I would definitly say there is a family history…

    Comment by Kathryn Frailie — August 14, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

  3. I would love to see a photo of the finished product with the snake inside!

    Comment by Colm — November 20, 2006 @ 5:16 am

  4. good point – new post with some pictures at

    Comment by cec — November 21, 2006 @ 10:52 am

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