1X4 frames?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by arherp, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to build three small doors for my quail hutch. I am having a hard time figuring out how to' make the frame for the door. I would prefer to' use 1x4's, but 2x4's Are an option. Any pictures? Help? Ideas? I tried liquid nailes, etc.
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If this is going to be in a mesh wall, I would suggest sandwiching the mesh between two pieces of 1x lumber, or between a piece of 1x and a piece of 2x. That way you have lots of good *thickness* of wood to screw or bolt your door hardware onto, so it will be much more secure. The width of the lumber you use -- whether 2", 3" or 4" -- depends partly on how large the door needs to be (larger doors need larger hinges, which sometimes just won't gracefully FIT onto 2" lumber without splitting it or hanging off) and also on what you happen to have lying around, local prices, etc.

    If these will be very small doors and the hutch is in a really predatorproof building, you could even consider just making two frames of 1x2 to which the wire mesh is staplegunned; one slightly larger than the other, framing the opening, and the other one slightly smaller (framing the door) so that the door closes partly against the opening, for rigidity. Staplegun and 1x2 is not going to stop a predator for long, though, so this would not be appropriate in all circumstances.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The doors Are over 2 feet long each. I dont *fully* understand the directions, do you have any pictures?
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I made my own doors for my indoor coop and it was very easy (never made anything like it before). Let me try to get some pictures for you today.
     
  5. rncmomx2

    rncmomx2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is mine:

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    My frame is 2 inch pvc pipe, I use these cages for quail, chicks and rabbits.
     
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  6. rncmomx2

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    I forgot to add that I used 1x2 for the frame and 1x4's for the door. The hinges are small hinges that are approxiamtely 1x3 (I think). I screwed from the front and back to hold the frame together. The doors are about 18 x 18 inches in size and are naturally finished so as not to poison my animals.
     
  7. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help so far! I'm going to go up there and try to build these.
     
  8. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do not use chicken wire. It will not stop predators except maybe hawks. Even an owl can tear thru it, and coons and dogs do it every day.
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:[​IMG] Was trying to figure out how to put a door on a quail hoop coop/tractor. This will be perfect!!
     
  10. rncmomx2

    rncmomx2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] Was trying to figure out how to put a door on a quail hoop coop/tractor. This will be perfect!!

    Glad I could help...I build these by custom order for people in my community. I got tired of cleaning the wood, pvc pipe is so much easier to clean.
     

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