|Project by Jenine||posted 11-02-2013 03:04 PM||1888 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
Not really a woodworking project, this 16’ x 4’ carpentry project was built in 3 LONG days of summer heat. The frame is made of redwood, the doors and top are made of cedar. The “windows” are heavy gauge hardware cloth wire stapled into the window frame. I used a kreg jig build the entire project (using deck screws in the frame for added support). I finished it with a non-toxic oil wood finish I had never seen before – it was sold at World Market and designed to finish their line of unfinished outdoor wood furniture. Thus far, I am not impressed with the longevity of the product.
The frame sits on top of a level “foundation” of concrete blocks (seen in the installed photo). This was necessary because both redwood and cedar can harm the turtles if they get a splinter. So, we had to make sure they could not climb high enough to make contact with the frame. This is the first time the turtles have had the opportunity to stay outdoors all summer and they were super happy about it. This is also the first time they have lived in a habitat as large as this – which is recommended by reptile veterinarians.
My husband has had Boxy the box turtle since he was in 1st grade (he is 38 now). Franklin is a crabby turtle, he was a rescue turtle we adopted from a reptile humane society in Colorado, and he made the trip all the way to Montana in a shoe box. We had hoped that they would breed one day, and while they did their “thing”, no turtle eggs ever came to be. Oh well, we sure enjoy having them anyway!
-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.