So my neighbor says to me the other day, “I
needs a favor?” I says, “Friend.” I calls him friend because I can’t really
remember his name. I says, “Friend, I be happy to…for a price.” He says, I need some rabbit hutches. I says, “You mean the kind that hold rabbits?” He says, (Strange look). So like a caped crusader I was off to the
miter saw to cut all my pieces to length. Then it was over to the table saw, rip them
to width. The top portion of the side frames all get
a 15 degree angle cut on both ends. When I have more than one to do as I do today.
I like to cut an angle on one end on all the pieces first. After that is done, I’ll measure from the
long end of that cut to my final measurement. Of course it’s always good to sneak up on
that first cut. Then without moving that piece, set a stop
block. Now all my subsequent pieces will be the same
length. Lets assemble the frames. By the way a 15 degree angle also gets cut
on this vertical back piece as well. But only on the top portion. This is a simple and easy process. No dadoes
or rabbets.. .no not that kind of rabbit. No half laps or anything else. Just make sure
to predrill all holes before assembly. Flip the two sides up. Contact forward. I have six of these to build so that is two
down and four to go. Once all the frames are built, on go the side
slates. There are my six basic rabbit hutch structures. The face frames I will attach in just a moment.
After I ripped those to width I used the off cuts to fill this small void. Don’t go all the way to the top with
this piece cause the roof will overhang the back. Speaking of the face frames. I’ll knock those
out next. Hardware cloth for the bottoms. That same hardware cloth gets attached to
the inside of the doors. The rabbit hutch doors are simple rail and
stile construction. Whatever works for you works here. You can check out the blog post to find out
what I did here. Hinges. Latches. I made this little jig to help me with the
handles. Start the holes from one side. Lift the door, place a block on the back side
to prevent blow out and then finish it off. Alright and those should work just fi….Ohh…You
know it would help if I would attach this correctly. That lever is suppose to go down. Not gonna
do anybody much good the other way. That completes the basic structure of the
hutch itself. I built a couple of 2×4 framed base units
for them to sit on. You can find the plans for those as well as the hutches at simply easy diy dot com. I then turned
them over to my neighbor and they attached the roofing of their choice. In this case some corrugated sheet metal that
can be purchased at any home improvement store. After a few coats of wood protection and allowing
adequate dry time the new residents were ready to settle in. Welcome to your new home ladies. Hey be awesome and click that subscribe button.
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