Had a request for this, so here it is! This is a walk-through with pictures of how to make this cage:
The entire cage measure 2ftx2ftx5ft and the inside is 2ftx2ftx42in. Obviously you can change these measurements to make a bigger or smaller cage if you wish. The materials I used should be enough to make the inside a full 2ftx2ftx4ft. I chose to make my 2nd cage the same size as the first because I want them to match.
7 2x2s - $14
7 pieces of 8ft trim - $70
2 42in oak slants - $5
1 7ft door stop trim - $5
hardware cloth - $37
12 corner braces - $8
2 hinges - $5
2 cabinet magnets - $3
plastic drawer - $10
3in wood screws -$3
1in nails - $2
stain - $8
polyurethane - $10
hammer, power saw/drill/screwdriver/sander, sandpaper etc
Start with the 7 2x2's and cut 4 pieces to 5ft and 16 pieces to 21 inches:
Drill a hole at the top and at 42 inches and attach 2 of the 21in pieces with screws like this for each side (make 2 of these):
Place 2 of the 21in pieces at the top and bottom and attach them with corner braces. It's easiest to mark the holes and drill little starter holes for the braces:
Attach the other side with corner braces (works better if you flip it over and lay it on top of the other side):
If you want a lower shelf to put a drainage bin or drawer on, drill holes 6 inches down on 2 sides and attach 2 of the bars with screws and the other 2 with corner braces:
On each the side bars, drill 2 holes and attach the rest of the 21in pieces with screws:
As for the trim, I bought 7 pieces of 8ft trim for $70. You can find cheaper than this, I just like the trim with the leaves on it.
Cut 8 pieces to 42 inches and 12 pieces to 24in with 45 degree angles on the ends.
So basically you need 4 of these for the sides:
and one of these for the top:
Sand your wood and seal with stain/polyurethane:
For the back of the door, I used 2 oak slants cut to 24in and 2 cut to 41in and stained them (there are extra pieces pictured here):
Next step is cutting the screen. I used 1/4th inch hardware cloth:
Cut 2 pieces to 23in x 23in and 4 pieces to 41in x 23in and scrub them while you're waiting for your stain/polyurethane to dry.
More pictures to come as I put the rest of this together