Scrap lumber project for small animal friends

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Woodworking Projects

How to build a small animal house

First I want to apologize for this post being sent prematurely several days ago.  I have no idea what happened–I started writing up the post, left the computer for a bit, came back to finish it, and discovered it was published.  So sorry about that–and it was blank at the time it was published as well!

I had some time recently and I needed to solve a little problem…the little problem is a Netherland dwarf rabbit named Annie.  She recently moved from the basement to the dining-room-we-never-eat-in-that-is-scheduled-to-become-an-office-in-the-near-future.  Her cage needed prettied up. A lot.

So today I added a new house.  All scraps, so it was totally free!

How to build a small animal house

I actually started out just wanting a box to contain the corn cob litter we use.  It started out like this:

I even fancied it up with the small strips of 1/4″ plywood.

But then I got the idea of putting a roof on, and it took off from there.

Add a support board for the roof

Cut two small rectangles of 1/4″ plywood for removeable parts of roof.

Add shiingles attached to the triangle.

Add the rest of the shingles. These are only nailed through the middle part of the 1/4″ plywood, not the triangle braces. I used 18 gauge 1″ nails. They stick out through the back but…

Roof completed! The top middle piece is only nailed into the right side.

Both pieces completely remove for easy cleaning. You can also just remove one for quick access.

I will probably add a “door”  in the front to contain the cob litter even better.  I wanted to see if this would do the trick on its own, but you can see that she’s already kicked some out.  I picture this painted with a fancy “A” attached to the left side someday.  Once I get some decent lengths of scrap plywood again (used them up in Pip’s closet!), I’m going to build her a wood base with some legs.

If you build this for some guinea pigs, bunnies, or a smaller version for some hamsters, make sure you use untreated wood.  I probably wouldn’t even use plywood for animals that chew.  Annie never has, so I’m not worried about that.

Do you think she likes it?

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