This woodworking project is about how to build a rabbit hutch step by step. Building a wooden rabbit hutch for your garden is a quick project that will protect your pets from bad weather. Choose a simple design especially if you don’t have an extensive expertise in the field. Take accurate measurements before cutting the components at the right size, otherwise they won’t fit together properly.
There are a few aspects regarding the wooden construction that you have to pay attention to, before starting the project. Therefore, we recommend you to adjust the size of the rabbit hutch to your needs and to use weather resistant lumber. After assembling the small hutch, we recommend you to place it on a dry location, in order to protect it from water damage.
It is essential to work with attention and to fit the door into the opening in a professional manner. Align the door and lock it to the frame with metal hinges and using a basic latch. Attaching the roof is one of the most important step of the project, so make sure the install it in a professional manner. The shingles should overhang the roof at least 1″ on all sides of the roof.
Building a rabbit hutch
- A – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24”, 4 pieces – 36″, 8 pieces – 15″ FRAME
- B – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 18 3/4”, 2 pieces – 34 1/2″, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ FRAME
- C – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″ x 34 1/2″ long FLOOR
- D – 6 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 15″, 8 pieces – 14 1/4″, 4 pieces – 24″ FRAME
- D – 16 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 10″ long FRAME
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 14″ long, 10 pieces – 7″ DOOR
- F – 2 piece of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 10″ x 17 1/2″ WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 24″ ROOF
- G – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 26″ x 38″, 10 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOF
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
- Plumb the sides of the bench with a spirit level
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How to build a rabbit hutch step by step
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the bottom enclosure. As you can see in the plans, we recommend you to make the frame using 1×1 lumber. Check if the corners are right-angled and use a spirit level to make sure the vertical components are plumb.
Next, attach the 1×3 slats to the exterior of the frame, as in the image. Furthermore, drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and insert the galvanized screws, if you want to get a professional result. Fit chicken wire to cover the openings.
Afterwards, cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right size and lock it to the top of the enclosure. Build the ladder from a small piece of plywood and fit it in the opening, as in the diagram.
Building the actual rabbit hutch is a straight-forward project, but you need to use detailed plans and quality materials. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together with pocket screws. Check if the corners are right-angled and add waterproof glue to the joints.
Next, install the interior wall using the information from the diagram. Assemble the wall and lock it inside the frame by using the information shown in the plans. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get a professional result.
Build the door of the rabbit hutch using 1×2 lumber, as in the image. Fit the door inside the opening and lock it to the frame with metal hinges. Check if the door opens properly and install a latch to lock the door properly.
The next step of the project is to build the rafters and to lock them to the frame of the hutch. As you can notice in the image, you need to cut the rafters at 88 degrees, by using a circular saw with a sharp blade. Make proper marks on the components before making the cuts. Align all the components at both ends and lock them to the top of the hutch with screws.
Attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood over the roof and cover it with tar paper. Afterwards, install asphalt shingles over the roof starting with the bottom and lock them into place with galvanized staples. Make sure the shingles overhang the roof for about 1″ on all the edges of the roof, in order to enhance the water drainage.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, assemble the rabbit hutch and move it to the final location. Check if the structure is rigid and make sure the screws are properly inserted.
Smart tip: In order to protect the wooden components from decay, we recommend you to apply several coats of paint or stain. All it’s left to do is bring the rabbits in the hutch and start taking care of them.
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