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VoodooJoint
07-20-05, 11:01 am
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011290287.jpg
This cage was made to be extra sturdy. It’s not as light weight as a C&C cage but it is very stable and the strong base can have legs added to it easily to create a table type cage without the table. It was also made with 100% recycled products. Total cost to build this cage was $7.00.
You can build this cage with cubes but you will need to alter the base size so the cubes will fit neatly. If you want the cubes to be screwed to the base the way the shelving is you will need to turn the mending plates to that they go through an opening in the cube grids and screw on either side.

Materials needed for a 3'x3' cage as shown
scrap 2x4 lumber (1x4 will also work) - 4 3' long pieces. (untreated is best)scrap plywood minimum 3'x3' piece
wire shelving (I got mine for $3 at a local builders recycle center) coroplast, linoleum or peel and stick tiles
Furniture feet or casters (see step 3)
cable ties
nails
metal mending plates (see step 6, fig 9)
wood screws
plastic caps for cut shelving ends

Tools needed;
circular saw, jig saw or hand saw
bolt cutters or pipe cutting blade for circular saw
hammer
drill with screwdriver attachment or regular screwdriver

Step 1
Cut the boards to length and nail then together. Use a simple butt joint...no need to get fancy with angle cuts. To get the length for this 3'x3' cage 2 of the board were cut at 3', 2 were cut at 2' 8".
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011291215.jpgfig 1
Nail the shorter boards "inside" the longer boards. In other words the nails should go through the longer boards and into the shorter boards. (see fig 2)
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011292080.jpgfig 2

Step 2
Cut the plywood to size. Make sure your corners of the 2x4 frame are squared up at right angles. Lie the plywood on the 2x4s and nail it in place securely. Be careful that your nails don’t bend through the wood and create sharp points sticking out of the sides.
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011293025.jpgfig 3

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VoodooJoint
07-20-05, 11:05 am
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Step 3
Put on your furniture feet or casters. This is a little thing that will make a huge difference when you want to move your cage. You can also attach long table type legs at this point but that isn’t covered here. If you add long legs make sure that they are braced and very stable.
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011321443-thumb.jpgfig 4

Step 4
Cover the inside bottom and sides with coroplast, linoleum or peal and stick tiles. This will give it a water proof bottom, make cleaning easier and protect your pet from chewing on the wood.
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011311086.jpgfig 5
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011323996.jpgfig 6

Step 5
Cut your wire shelving to size. You can have this pre done at the hardware store if you buy it new just make sure you have then cut some "notches out" so the corners fit together nicely (see fig 8). I cut them myself using a pipe cutting blade on my circular saw. Safety goggles are a must...so is long sleeves and pants (unlike I’m wearing). Look at the pretty sparks! I recommend bolt cutters if you have them.
http://x3.putfile.com/7/19810083866.jpgfig 7
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011333087.jpgfig 8
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VoodooJoint
07-20-05, 11:09 am
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Step 6
Put yourself and any fires you started from the sparks out(kidding). Lay the lip edge of the shelves against the wood sides and secure with the mending plates (see fig 9) and screws. Look at how the metal bar of the shelf protects the wood from chewing (neat huh?). If you want a door this is the time to leave an opening in one side (fig 10).
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011330877.jpgfig 9
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011541446.jpgfig 10

Step 7
Secure all corners with zip ties. Don’t forget the plastic caps for the cut ends of the shelving.

Step 8
This particular cage is for a rabbit so the sides must be higher. If it’s for a GP you can be finished. I had a height restriction as the cage needed to fit under a desk so I overlapped the shelving, If you have no height problems you can attach the shelving directly in top. To keep the door at the right size I had to cut out a section of the shelving (more sparks). I covered the top with scraps of shelving to keep the rabbit from climbing of jumping out. It's not pretty but will be hidden from view once in place.
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011422056.jpgfig 11

Step 9 (door)
I used another piece if shelving (a cube would also work well) to build a door. You can simply secure it with binder clips to hold it in place or make a hinge out of cable ties or your own invention. Mine is hinged at the top and clips at the top when opened to allow the rabbit to come and go.

Step 10
add bedding, toys, food, water and pets...
http://x1.putfile.com/7/20011420746.jpgfig 12
Patches is enjoying his new cage. Now to neuter him and find him a girlfriend.

CuteButShyPig
07-20-05, 11:33 am
very creative! I love the idea.