The rabbit hutch project is finally taking shape. I usually don’t paint or finish a project until the very end, but this one really calls for painting along the way. Painting many of the inside parts would be difficult later, but easy if done now.
- The Rabbit Hutch – Part 1 (Front frames and doors)
- The Rabbit Hutch – Part 2 (Sidewalls)
- The Rabbit Hutch – Part 3 (Carcase assembly)
- The Rabbit Hutch – Part 4 (Floor frames)
In the last post, I made the floor frames for both levels of the hutch. I need to install these, but first I’m going to paint the inside of the hutch while I can still get in there.
The two floor frames were installed with screws. I had drilled countersunk pilot holes in the last post, and they made installation must easier now.
You may remember way back to my first post in this series when I made the doors. Now it is time to install and paint them. I also installed galvanized latches.
I gave a little thought to the inside of the hutch and decided that it would be pretty dark in there once the back and the roof are on. I decided that I could lighten it up a little, by painting the interior surfaces gloss white. This will help to reflect what light does come in through the wire mesh doors.
After testing the fit off the back, I prepped it for painting.
With the back installed, I moved on to fixing an oversight in my design. There is a large gap above the front face frame and below the roofline. I decided that I could fill this with a piece of plywood, but needed some backing support to attach it to. I cut three pieces of douglas fir and beveled the tops to match the pitch of the roof.
I screwed the backer blocks to the hutch and painted them before installing the plywood board.
With that, the main body of the hutch is done. Now I need to build two poop drawers, a roof, a ramp, and a small insulated box that the rabbits can go into to avoid the worst of winter.
In the next post, I’ll tackle the drawers.
– Jonathan White
Built a rabbit hutch in a very simular design. Above 2 degree F ‘Fluffy’ the Holland Lop stays in the outside portion. The insulated box it is stuffed deep with straw. We add a card board box to enclose it tighter. As soon as it warms up… 20 F she destroys the card board box.
That’s good to hear. It never gets quite that cold here, so I’m sure our rabbits will be fine.
All the best,
Woohoooo progress 🙂
God to hear from you. Coming along fine. Are you going to dovetailed the poop drawers 🙂
Bob, full of it 🙂
Yeah, progress has been made and yeah, there will be a lot of dovetails in the next post. It’s more about the writing time at this point. The hutch project was finished months ago, but I still have about 3 or 4 posts to put together. I need to make a concerted effort to get caught up. I hope that you are well.
All the best,
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