I've been seeing several comments on how easy it is to pull hardware cloth away from wood when the cloth is on the outside of the structure and held in by staples*. So I had the idea of extending the edge of the hardware cloth a little, wrapping it around the wood, and stapling it from the back. That way, anything pulling from the outside wouldn't be pulling on the staples at the exact angle they went in. 'Course, there are probably easier ways of securely attaching the cloth to the wood. 0. See above. 1. Knock the staples in from above, at an angle. This assumes that anything yanking at the cloth will be pulling backwards and down. 2. Use bolts and washers instead. 3. Cover the staples and cloth edge with another strip of something, and attach it to the wood beneath however you please. The intention is to spread the load from one staple, to one staple plus an area of strip plus an area of whatever's holding the strip on. 4. Cut a slot in the middle of the wood, slot the hardware cloth into it so that there's a strip of wire lying inside the slot, and then staple that wire in place. This assumes you have access to the necessary heavy machinery. Nothing's built yet, so I'm thinking that idea #2 would work the best, but is idea #0 mechanically sound? *I would easily believe this. There's a derelict caravan where I want the coop to be, and it's been pretty easy to take apart with just a hammer and a large, solid screwdriver. Once you wiggle the screwdriver in right next to a nail and between the things it's holding together, it's all over.