Tortuise Enclosure two story

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Submitted by scottyboy on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:15
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Our Tortuises needed a new condo so i measured an area by the couch and started building. 3 hours later they had a new condo. The love it.

I raised ours just for convienence but you can make yours any height you want. just have fun and do it.

44inches long by 30 inches wide.


Shopping List

5- 1x6. 8ft.
1 - 1/4 inch piece of plywood. 8ft.
1 - 4x4 8ft for legs if raising
1 - 2x4 8ft for base support

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

Cut to your own specs.

Tape Measure
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut your wood to desired lengths making sure to account for an inch on each side to allow for ends to fit flush. Also cut 2x4 to fit on bottum for added base support, unless not raising.

Step 2

Drill all pilot holes evenly spaced on edge of wood that will attach to bottum plywood base, and at ends of 1x6's to insure stability.

Step 3

Start by conecting side pieces to base followed by end pieces and then base support. After all are secure then connect legs if raising.

Step 4

Sand and add finish if you desire.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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