How to build a wooden rabbit hutch

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How to build a wooden rabbit hutch
Rabbits make wonderful indoor pets with the right shelter. (floppy eared rabbits image by Ken Marshall from Fotolia.com)

Rabbit hutches can be as simple as a chicken-wire cage or as complex as a miniature block of flats, depending on your fancy and the number of rabbits you need to house. Outdoor hutches with wire floors allow rabbit pellets and spilt food to drop through for easy cleanup, but you'll probably prefer an indoor hutch to have a solid bottom to save your carpet and floors. Wood is not as well-suited a material as is, say, steel sheets, but it's easy to work with, in making a comfortable home for your pet.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Two 105 cm by 57.5 cm (42 inch by 23 inch) sheets of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar type of sheet-panel wood
  • 105 cm by 50 cm (42 inch by 20 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • 21 6 mm by 43 cm (1/4" by 17 1/4 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • 21 6 mm by 57.5 cm (1/4 inch by 23 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • 25 9 mm by 56.2 cm (3/8 inch by 22 1/2 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • 47.5 cm by 56.2 cm (19 inch by 22 1/2 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • 50 cm by 50 cm (20 inch by 20 inch) sheet of 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) plywood or similar
  • Two 53 cm by 6.8 cm (21 1/4 inch by 2 3/4 inch) pieces of wood
  • Two 45 cm by 45 cm (18 inch by 18 inch pieces of 2.5 cm (1 inch) gap-welded wire mesh or chicken wire
  • 6 hinges
  • 3 latches
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • Wood Glue
  • Power jigsaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a 35 cm (14 inch) diameter hole about 7.5 cm (3 inch) from on the left side of one 105 cm by 57.5 cm (42 inch by 23 inch) sheet. Twelve and a half cm (5 inches) from the right side and 10 cm (4 inches) up from the bottom edge, cut an opening 25 cm (10 inches) wide by 30 cm (12 inches) high. Save the 25 by 30 cm (10 inch by 12 inch) piece for the door or cut a new door from the scrap of the other hole. Cover the circular window with wire mesh with screws and washers.

  2. 2

    Cut an opening 35 cm (14 inches) wide and 27.5 cm (11 inches) high centred in the 53 cm by 43 cm (21 1/4 inch by 17 1/4 inch) sheet. Cover the opening with wire mesh with screws and washers.

  3. 3

    Glue and screw the 105 cm by 50 cm (42 inch by 20 inch) floor 7.5 cm (3 inches) up on the solid 105 cm by 57.5 cm (42 inch by 23 inch) back panel. Also glue and screw the floor three inches up on the solid 53 cm by 57.5 cm (21 1/4 inch by 23 inch) right side, and on the modified 105 cm by 57.5 cm (42 inch by 23 inch) sheet, which is the front.

  4. 4

    Cut an opening 15 cm (6 inches) wide and 25 cm (10 inches) high, starting at the bottom edge about 7.5 cm (3 inches) from a side of the 50 by 50 cm (20 by 20 inch) interior wall.

  5. 5

    Position that interior wall 50 cm (20 inches) from the right side of the hutch with the newly cut door against the floor. Glue and screw the interior wall in place. Glue and screw the three exterior walls to each other.

  6. 6

    Glue and screw the two 53 cm by 6.8 cm (21 1/4 inch by 2 3/4 inch) pieces of wood to the open left side of the hutch, one at the top and one at the bottom, flush with the front and back.

  7. 7

    Glue and screw the 63.4 cm by 56.2 cm (25 3/8 inch by 22 1/2 inch) fixed roof to the left side of the top.

  8. 8

    Attach hinges to the left side of the fixed roof panel, the bottom of the 25 cm by 30 cm (10 inch by 12 inch) front door and the top of the open left side. Attach the 47.5 cm by 56.2 cm (19 inch by 22 1/2 inch) roof piece, the 25 cm by 30 cm (10 inch by 12 inch) door and the 53 cm by 43 cm (21 1/4 inch by 17 1/4 inch) left side to the hinges, respectively. Attach latches to these three pieces to lock them closed.

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