Best wood for chameleon cage

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by AllFallDown, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. AllFallDown

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    What is the best wood to use for building a chameleon cage? I need to get on this, it will be going outside.
     
  2. Nate135

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    I used 2x4's as my frame, but i cut them into 1"x1" pieces. Then I used aluminum screen around the frame. Hope that helps, here is a pic


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  3. ASublimeDay

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    I used pine 1" x 2" s. The type of wood is unimportant in my opinion, its all aesthetics. Pine is cheap and you have to put so much polyurethane on the cage to make it water-proof that you can't tell what it is once it's done anyway.
     
  4. Nate135

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    Oh i guess I forgot to say wut kind of wood i actually used. The 2x4's were pine. I havent put any waterproof coating on it yet tho
     
  5. AllFallDown

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    Yeah, I doubt the wood matters. I just posted this thread to see if Trace put me in the Moderation queue. Although I suppose it is a germane question.
     
  6. AllFallDown

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    Thanks for the replies anyway, I had planned to use pine or Oak as well.
     
  7. Nate135

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    Considering that I havent used any waterproof coating yet, how important is it? Will the wood rot pretty quickly even if im just hand misting?
     
  8. ASublimeDay

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    Depends what "quickly" means to you. Have you ever seen an unstained/unprotected deck after a year? And it doesn't rain nearly as much as we mist.

    The problem if your chameleon is already moved in is that when you sand, stain, wait 24 hours, sand, stain again, wait 24 hours, polyurethane, wait 8 hours, sand and poly again, then wait (Some say 24 hours, I left it in a well-ventilated area for 3 days before introducing it to my cham), you're at a point where you'll need a sub-home for your cham for almost a week. You'll also need a well-ventilated area to do all of this in (open garage, all the windows in the basement open, etc). That poly smell is intense.

    If you can do it, I would. Unprotected wood does not handle humidity/moisture well at all.
     

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