This free rabbit hutch woodworking plan is easy to build with just basic hand tools. If any of the joints are hard to make with the tools you have then just change the joint to a different one that's easier. You'll still end up with a sturdy hutch that'll last you for many years.
Here I'm calling it a rabbit hutch but it can be used for a variety of pets. It can also be used indoors by putting a solid floor in the hutch or using a catch tray underneath.
Another variation would be to build your pets hutch with shorter legs. Then it can come and go as it pleases.
Ready to start? Here's a exploded view and a parts table.
|2||3||Frame Side/Mid Supports||3/4"x 3"x 22-1/2"||Wood|
|3||2||Frame Front/Back Supports||3/4"x 3"x 36"||Wood|
|4||1||1/2"x 1/2" Screen||24" x 36"||Wire Mesh|
|5||2||Side Panels||1/2"x 24"x 24"||Plywood|
|6||4||Upper Frame Rails||3/4"x 1-1/2"x 36"||Wood|
|7||2||Door Screen||15-1/2"x 14-1/2"||Wire Mesh|
|8||1||Back Panel Mesh||36"x 18"||Wire Mesh|
|9||6||Upper Frame Stiles||3/4"x 1-1/2"x 18"||Wood|
|10||1||Large Roof Panel||21"x 41"||Plywood|
|11||1||Small Roof Panel||8-5/8"x 41"||Plywood|
|12||4||Door Rails||3/4"x 1-1/2"x 15-1/2"||Wood|
|13||4||Door Stiles||3/4"x 1-1/2"x 14-3/4"||Wood|
|15||1||Door Stop||3/4"x 1-1/2"x 4"||Wood|
|16||4||Front/Back Corner Trim||3/8"x 1-1/2"x 21-1/2"||Wood|
|17||2||Front Side Trim||3/8"x1-1/2"x22-1/8"||Wood|
|18||2||Back Side Trim||3/8"x 1-1/2"x 21-5/8"||Wood|
|19||1||Door Latch||3/4"x 3-1/2" Diameter||Wood|
1. Build the base frame and cover it with 1/2" x 1/2" wire mesh. The wire mesh should fit all the way to the edges and be stapled down all around the edges.
You can also use roofing nails instead of staples. You can get these in galvanized and aluminum to control rust. Just make sure there aren't any wire ends sticking up that could hurt your rabbits feet.
2. Cut the sides and attach them to the frame. The side preference material would be exterior grade plywood. This is not the same as treated plywood, which shouldn't be used.
3. Build the Back Panel and attach to the frame. The wire mesh (hardware cloth) should go all the way to the edges and be attached with staples.
If you decide to use another type of joint instead of the half lap then you may have to adjust the length of some of the pieces accordingly. You just need to end up with the finish dimension shown below.
4. Construct the Front Frame and attach it in place.
5. Build the door frames, add the wire mesh, then install using the 2" hinges. The wire mesh should extend all the way to the edges of the doors. Make sure there aren't any end wires sticking up that your rabbit could get hurt on.
6. Make and install the door latch and door stop. If there's a possibility that the cage doors could be opened accidentally then I'd highly recommend using a hasp and lock instead of the gravity latch below.
7. Make and install the Roof Panels. The roof panels can be from the same exterior grade plywood that you used to make the sides. To make the roof waterproof you can use shingles, roll roofing, or any other roof covering material.
My personal preference is a couple of coats of good exterior paint. I like to use "Porch and Floor Enamel". It's very durable, weatherproof, and affordable.
8. Make and install the Corner Trim. The corner trim is strictly for aesthetic appeal. Highlighting the rabbit hutch with different colored corner trim just makes your project stand out. You can also try highlighting the doors and legs to your taste.
9. Time to decorate!
Here's a few things to remember. . .