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Rabbit hutch

Posted by Jen on July 6th, 2001 12:09 AM
In reply to rabbit hutches by Leslie Rosenberg on November 1st, 2000 02:25 PM [Go to top of thread]

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> Rabbit Hutch Plans by Handyman on 10/28/2004

You should make all panels out of 4 ply hardboard. Framework should be made out of plywood or stronger. Attachments should be made with wood-grip nails of the appropriate length (no sharp ends should stick into the hutch). For difficult or very crucial joins you may want to stabilise them with L-shape brackets. The inner partition should be attached to the inside of the hutch with angle brackets. For the "window" you should use a suitable gauge wire mesh panel. You should attach doors with suitable hinges and cover the roof of the hutch with roofing felt. The whole of the hutch should be coated with wood preserver (not lead-based) and allowed to dry thoroughly before you place the rabbit in it.

Step 1
Make the main framework: You will need: Plywood: 2x 80cm x 3cm x 2cm (front uprights) 4x 144cm x 3cm x 2cm (front and back cross-pieces) 2x 75cm x 3cm x 2cm (rear uprights) 2x 56cm x 3cm x 2cm (side cross-pieces) 2x 54cm x 3cm x 2cm (door posts- attach 1/3 of the way along the hutch between the cross-pieces on front and back) (The rear uprights are shorter than the front to create a sloped roof to allow proper drainage).

Step 2
You will now be able to cut the top (angled) cross-pieces to length. Attach them to the top flat face of the rear upright and to the back of the very top of the front upright. Now, you can work out the dimensions and angles for the side panels of the hutch. Cut them to size and attach them to the framework.

Step 3
Attach the rest of the panels.(4 ply hardboard) (In the following order) Back panel - 150cm x 55cm Top panel - 150 cm x ?cm (length of top angled supports + 2cm) Bottom panel (you could rest this on supports attached to the insides of the bottom cross-pieces. Internal partition (attach using 4x angle brackets between the 2 door posts) - 56cm x 52cm

Step 4
Attach the doors. First attach the bedroom door (it should overlap by 1cm on each side. Attach to front upright with hinges. 48cm x 58cm Now you need to make the Living room door, use the same wood as you did for the framework, cut out these: 2x 58cm x 3cm x 2cm 2x 98cm x 3cm x 3cm Attach them together to form a door frame. Using u-tacks, tack wire mesh onto the assembled door frame. Again, attach it to the upright with hinges. Now, cut a small piece of wood (8cm x 3cm x 2cm)and attach it as a two way catch for the doors.

Step 5
The final step, staple roofing felt to the roof to protect the hutch, then add food, bedding and the bunny! This may be too complicated (it took me ages) so do consider buying a second-hand hutch (it'll probably be cheaper than buying all the materials). Hope this helps, please get back to me about it.

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