Simple pet enclosure using bamboo instead of chicken wire

We look after the school rabbits when the school is closed for holidays and it was time to make them a decent run but I am not a fan of glavanised chicken wire or tacking it to a wooden frame with small staples. I also don;’t want to risk our little grandson injuring his fingers. I came up with a novel solution today and really liked the results so far  as it blends in with the rest of the garden which features a lot of planters of various shapes and sizes made from reclaimed timber. I made it entirely out of salvaged wood with rods made from my ample collection of bamboo which I use normally for staking out plants.   You will need one  of these drill bits to make the holes, a “flat bit” drill

 

16mm flat bit drill. Flat bits , rather than twist drills make light work of drilling larger holes.

16mm flat bit drill. Flat bits , rather than twist drills make light work of drilling larger holes.

I measured the distance betweeen the hutch and where I had driven in a post for the gate and marked out to  drill holes 2.5 inches apart in each rail.

bamboo pet enclosure

 

The bottom rail I drilled into the woofd about a half an inch in . the first to the two thinner top  rails I drilled right through. I screwed together the simple frame with the cross pieces covering the end grain (sawn off ends) With those in place I selected the bamboo and lef it through the holes in the top rail and sat the end in the shallow holes in the bottom tail( same process for the gate)

bamboo pet enclosure

Then it was a simple matter of cropping the bamboo with a saw so they were level with the surface.

bamboo pet enclosure

Here’s the finished first wall in place

bamboo pet enclosure

Here’s how it looks before you cut a second piece to screen dowm over the sawn bamboo ends

 

bamboo pet enclosure

 

bamboo pet enclosure

Hrtr’s the completed gate

bamboo pet enclosure

 

 

 

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