Many poultry fanciers like the heritage breeds that were placed in the standard of perfection in the 1800s. That got me to thinking. Maybe it would be a good idea to make a chicken carrier that looks like it was made in the Federal period. Maybe Thomas Jefferson carried his chickens in a crate similar to this one?
The 2nd picture shows the loading door in an open position. The next two show how I made the corner brackets. I had noticed that the real, antique chicken carriers had corner dowels and most of them were broken. To make the carrier (nowadays, they are used to transport chickens to and from county fairs) stronger, I designed the angle brackets to replace the corner dowels. Picture 5 shows the top sub-assembly minus the door. The final picture shows a dry fit prior to glue up. Dowels are added later from the bottom. They are glued in as well and then the bottom is put on.