How to build a rabbit hutch

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How to build a rabbit hutch

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Project Overview

As much as you might love your pet rabbits, you don’t want them eating all the plants in your garden. This easy to make rabbit hutch will keep them well protected and away from your garden.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Have the timber pre-cut at Bunnings
2 Lay out the frame
3 Screw the frame together
4 Make the second frame
5 Line the frames with mesh
6 Trim the mesh
7 Make the end panel
8 Line the end with mesh
9 Make the second end panel
10 Join the frames together
11 Apply mesh to the bottom of the hutch
12 Conceal the mesh edges
13 Lay out the lid
14 Screw the lid together
15 Measure for the roof
16 Cut the roof
17 Attach the roof to the lid
18 Drill holes in the ends of the lid
19 Attach the rope handle
20 Measure and mark for the floor
21 Cut the floorboards
22 Attach the floorboards
23 Attach the cladding to the hutch
24 Attach the hinges to the lid
25 Attach the lid to the hutch
26 Job done
  • Step 1. Have the timber pre-cut at Bunnings

    To make this project easier we’ve had our ply pre-cut at Bunnings. We cut our 70mm x 35mm pine into:

    Front and back frame

    1010mm x 4

    510mm x 6

     

    Side frames

    550mm x 4

    510mm x 4

    Lid

    1080mm x 2

    550mm x 2

    480mm x 2

    Next, we cut our 145mm x 25mm pine into: 

    550mm x 10

    340mm x 8

    Finally, we cut our 70mm x 23mm pine into:

    1150mm x 4

    410mm x 4

  • Step 2. Lay out the frame

    Take two 1010mm lengths of 70mm x 35mm pine and attach 510mm lengths flush between both ends to make a rectangle. Measure out 203mm from one end and place a third 510mm length of timber. The overall dimension for your side panel should be 1010mm x 580mm. When handling treated pine always wear gloves. 

  • Step 3. Screw the frame together

    Use the combination square to make sure the corners are square Use the drill and Phillips head 65mm galvanised screws to join the frame together. Use two screws on each corner. 

  • Step 4. Make the second frame

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make the second side panel.

  • Step 5. Line the frames with mesh

    Roll out the wire mesh over the panel. Leave a little overhang at each end to fix the wire to the frame. Use the staple gun to attach the mesh onto the frame. You might need someone to help hold the mesh down to make the stapling process easier. Wear your work gloves and long sleeves to guard against getting scratched.

  • Step 6. Trim the mesh

    Use the tin snips to trim the mesh to size. Then use the hammer to press the staples into the timber. Fold down the mesh along the sides of the frame and staple and then hammer it into the timber. Repeat these steps to line the other frame with mesh.

  • Step 7. Make the end panel

    Take another two lengths of the 70mm x 35mm timber, this time 550mm for the top and bottom of your end panel, and attach a length of 510mm between them at each end. Use the drill and Phillips head 65mm galvanised screws to join the frame together. Use two screws on each corner.

  • Step 8. Line the end with mesh

    Roll the mesh out over the frame. Leave a little overhang at each end. Use the staple gun to attach the mesh on to the frame. Trim the excess mesh and hammer the staples into the wood.

  • Step 9. Make the second end panel

    Repeat the above steps to make the second end panel. You don’t need to line this panel with mesh. 

  • Step 10. Join the frames together

    Once the sides and end panel are meshed it’s time to screw all four panels together. Have someone help you with this. Pre-drill the holes using the 3mm drill bit, before screwing into place using 75mm baton screws. Use three screws on each corner.

  • Step 11. Apply mesh to the bottom of the hutch

    To stop the rabbits from burrowing out of the hutch you need to apply mesh to the bottom. Roll the mesh out over the bottom. Leave a little overhang over the sides and end. Use the staple gun to attach the mesh on to the frame. Trim the excess mesh and hammer the staples into the wood.

  • Step 12. Conceal the mesh edges

    Once the mesh is in place, you need to cover it protect little fingers and rabbits from the sharp mesh edges. Use 70mm x 23mm timber, to cover the exposed sharp edges of wire. Use the nail gun to attach the cover. Then use the hammer to secure the nails.

  • Step 13. Lay out the lid

    Take two lengths of 550mm timber and between these lay two lengths of 1080mm, to make the rectangular shape. To give the lid strength, attach four lengths of the 480mm timber. Two at each end and the other two spaced evenly along the 1080mm measurement. 

  • Step 14. Screw the lid together

    Make sure all of the corners of the lid are square. Then screw it into place using the Phillips head 65mm galvanised screws. Use two screws to join each piece of timber.

  • Step 15. Measure for the roof

    Measure the length and width of the internal frame of the lid. We’re measuring the internal frame so that when it’s attached any sharp edges will be inset from the edge of the lid.

  • Step 16. Cut the roof

    Transfer the measurements from the lid’s internal frame to the mini-orb. Use the tin snips to cut the roofing to size. Wear work gloves when cutting the roofing. You might want someone to help you with this stage.

  • Step 17. Attach the roof to the lid

    Screw the roof into place using 12g x 25mm roofing screws. Screw into the corners to secure it to the studs below. Make sure you drill into the top of the ridge and don’t push too hard. It’s important not to damage the mini orb.

  • Step 18. Drill holes in the ends of the lid

    Use the 10mm spade bit to drill two holes at one end of the lid for your rope handle. At the other end drill three holes to allow rain to run off the roof.

  • Step 19. Attach the rope handle

    Cut your rope to length. Thread it through the two holes in the lid. Tie knots to hold the rope in place. 

  • Step 20. Measure and mark for the floor

    Measure the distances around the upright studs in the hutch. Transfer the measurements onto the 145mm x 25mm treated pine boards. This is so the floorboards fit snugly in the hutch.

  • Step 21. Cut the floorboards

    Clamp the floorboard in place. Cut out the ends with the jigsaw. Repeat this so that all of the ends are cut out. Use safety equipment when using the jigsaw.

  • Step 22. Attach the floorboards

    Put the floorboards in place. Fix them in place using the nail gun. Add an uncut piece of the timber and fix it in place using the nail gun.

  • Step 23. Attach the cladding to the hutch

    Fix off four of the 145mm x 25mm pieces of timber at the end panel of the hutch. Make sure these are flush to the base and level. When you’re happy with the spacing, fix off with the nail gun. Fix off four more pieces of 145mm x 25mm boards up each side of the shelter. Then fix off two boards to your front stud to complete the enclosure.

  • Step 24. Attach the hinges to the lid

    Flip over the lid making sure it is flush with the frame. Line the hinges up with the cross members, and use the drill and screws to attach the two hinges to the lid.

  • Step 25. Attach the lid to the hutch

    Line the lid up with the frame so that it’s flush. Use the drill and roofing screws to attach the lid to the hutch.

  • Step 26. Job done

    Put your hutch in place on your garden and then put your rabbits in their new home. And there you have it a great hutch for your rabbits that will keep them and your garden safe.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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