|Project by Wagon173||posted 04-02-2014 03:23 PM||4938 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
So my wife got a guinea pig several months ago that came in a cage that slightly resembled a metal mesh shoe box. The first cage I threw together in literally about an hour just so she would have some room. That one was just quick and sloppy. I’ve finally gotten myself to build her a decent home with a whopping 8 square feet of floor space. The whole thing was made out of 1×4x8’ pallet wood from metal roof panels except the legs which is oak that I robbed off of an old set of cabinets that I replaced some time ago. Yes I bring construction (junk) home with me all the time. As much heat as I get for it, it never sits for more than a few months before I figure out how to use it. Anyway, I’m drifting. Since this guinea pig was a past life nascar driver, she runs laps around her cage so I wanted the cage to stand up to constantly being wiggled. I probably burned about 20 oz of glue and a few runs of brads along with rabbits all the way across the bottom of every wall piece. The joists are dado’d under the ply wood. I also put a piece of plexiglass in a dado so it can be removed and a ramp put on it for those days we let her run around the lawn. I want to put a second floor on it just cause this was a pretty fun and not very critical project. I didn’t finish it whatsoever as these pigs like to chew. Once we get the coroplast cut to size and glued up, our pig should be high rolling.
Update: As promised I got a couple shots of the pig in her new house. Dakota (the dog) seems to like it also since he can more closely monitor his sister. Unfortunately I didn’t take into consideration what a crack head she is. She literally does laps around it and kicks up a rooster tail of shavings making it a constant battle to keep the floor clean. I was thinking about lining the rest of the cage with plexiglass but my wife suggested a washable cloth liner so we’ll play it by ear.