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Quick and dirty guinea pig cage from pallets.

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Project by Wagon173 posted 04-02-2014 03:23 PM 5183 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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#1 posted 04-03-2014 12:35 AM

This is one big pig pen! I know what you mean about bringing scrap home. I work in a woodshop and do it almost daily. Hey, if someone can use it, why not me? Make sure to post pics of the addition once you are done! I’d like to see it.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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