Tortoise Cage and Stand

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-03-2017 04:23 PM 798 views 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is moving into a new home and since her tortoise, Squish, has outgrown his cage again I was told nicely to build a bigger one. It’s 4’ deep x 6’ 4’’ wide x 2’ tall. The bottom cabinet stand is 20’’ high. All made from pine. Since Squish is messy with his water dish and bath tub and also a water mister spraying randomly I decided to line the whole inside of the cage with Lexan to prevent any mold from growing. The Lexan also keeps him from climbing the walls. I got some safety glass at a good deal and used it for the front and partial sides. He was temporary off the living room at her house until I replaced the laminated floor with some hardwood flooring in the family room. You can see in the pictures the wiring and lights were at a staging spot until they got him in the family room. He’s enjoying his new home and is constantly moving around. It drives her new dog crazy as you can see in one of the pics. They will just have to learn to get along.
Since the drawers are 24’’ deep I made two raised panel doors for the back if they want to store more things back there.
I had to assemble this in our family room since the shop isn’t big enough to do so. The lumber was stored in the garage until needed and the cutting was done in the shop. Talk about a lot of running around but I got a good workout.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-03-2017 04:39 PM

That’s a massive stand Dave, nice to have all that storage. How big will the next one be? The only thing I know about a Tortoise is it can live a long, long, time!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 12-03-2017 04:50 PM

Nice work, Dave! I can imagine the dog being very busy and curious about this.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 12-03-2017 05:49 PM

That looks awesome. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-03-2017 06:05 PM

Looks like pup wants to join squish.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 12-03-2017 06:13 PM

man I think squish is a pretty luck tortoise to be livin in those digs.yeah I think the pup is jealous!nice work dave.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 12-03-2017 06:18 PM

Hi John. Yes, it is big. One of the bigger projects if not the biggest one built for inside. Lol, I told her the next one will be one of the bedrooms. He will out live you and I for sure.

Thanks Dave. One minute the dog Shooter will be growling at it and the next minute he wants to play with it. Drives ya nuts.

Thanks hoss. It turned good. Of course I had practice on the last couple I made. haha.

Rick, a few times that dog jumped so high I thought he was going in. Glad it’s notmy house. I could imagine the mess that would make.

Pottz, I think you’re right. He’s very active in there compared to his last cage which was 3’ x 4’. I don’t think he wants to share it with the dog. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 12-03-2017 06:26 PM

I must say first that Squish is an interesting name for a tortoise. Lol. Good looking unit. I’m sure it will work out for a long long time before Squish out grows it. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 12-03-2017 06:49 PM

Nice job Dave well done .
Looks like the dog will be busy for a long time .
You did a great job building this cage and stand with drawers and lights lokks very professional !


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 12-03-2017 07:35 PM


Glad I took the time to check this out. Lucky tortoise! Nice job on the stand., and providing the growing guy with a bit more room. Had one in my yard last year probably 15 inches long. Wasn’t sure how to handle it as the google info said it could defend itself. A woman came by and we actually got it into her trunk so it could get back to more friendly sky’s as my outdoor cats were figuring out how to get rid of it.

How did you attach the drawer faces?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 12-03-2017 08:24 PM

Thanks kdc. When my daughter brought him home (15-20 years ago?) he was the size of a cup cake. I picked him up and she said don’t squish him, the name stuck.

Thanks Klaus. It did turn out nice for only using dimensional lumber. Had to keep the cost down. She might end up painting it later to fit her decor but that’s her problem.

Haha, that’s a good one Tom. I bet it was driving the cats crazy. On warm days while Squish was still here we took him out in the yard to let him run around. The interesting times were when he would try to get between the BBQ grill and the garden fence. It wasn’t wide enough so he would just push the grill out of his way, I mean like 10 feet. These guys are extremely strong.
The drawers are screwed in from the back of the drawer front.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 12-03-2017 08:39 PM

That’s a big one Dave, well thought for its purpose and lots of storage space.
Very well build buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#12 posted 12-03-2017 08:49 PM

Really professional build, big, complicated, all realy well done.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 12-03-2017 08:53 PM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 12-03-2017 10:43 PM

Wow Dave, if Squish outgrows that enclosure your daughter will have to rent him a room of his own…LOL!! I have never heard of a tortoise that had it’s own dresser drawers. Oh, your cabinet work and attention to detail is amazing!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 12-03-2017 11:33 PM

Nice! That tortoise is stylin’ in that new home!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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