How to Build Wooden Rabbit Hutches

What You'll Need
6 pressure treated 2 by 4 planks, 8 feet long
3 sheets of plywood 5/8 inch thick, at least 6 feet by 6 feet square
1 roll of fine wire mesh, 6 feet long by 3 feet high
Tape measure and carpenter's square
Industrial stapler and staples
Wire cutters
2.25-inch plain nails, 1.5-inch finishing nails and hammer
4 cupboard door hinges for the roof sections and one end door
Electric jigsaw and electric circular saw
1 hook and latch for exit door
Fiberglass panels to waterproof the roof and all-purpose glue

Wooden rabbit hutches will provide shelter, a secure sleeping nest, light, air and room to exercise for your pet rabbit. Follow these instructions to make a pet rabbit hutch 2 by 4 by 2 feet that your rabbit will be happy to live in.

Step 1:  Measure and Cut the Frame

Make a frame of 2, 4-foot pieces of 2 by 4 joined at the ends with 2, 2 by 4 sections 2 feet long. Build an identical top frame and set aside.

Step 2:  Measure, Cut and Attach the Side and End Walls

From the plywood, cut 2 sections 4 feet long by 2 feet high, and 2 sections, 2 feet by 2 feet square. Make 2-foot diameter ventilation holes in the long walls and cover with wire mesh. Make a 12 inch by 6 inch vent in one 2 foot wall, and attach wire mesh. Attach this panel to one end of the frame with 2 cupboard hinges at top, so it lifts up. Fasten the latch lock to the bottom.

Nail these 2 walls to the bottom frame. Turn the structure over and nail the 2 walls to the top frame, ensuring everything is level.

Step 3:  Create the Enclosed Room

Measure and cut a 2-foot by 2-foot section of plywood. Draw a shallow arch 10 inches across and 8 inches high at the base. Cut this out with the jigsaw, and sand till smooth. Nail in this panel 12 inches from the solid end wall, attaching it to the frame.

Step 4:  Cut and Attach the 2 Roof Panels

Cut a 2 by 4 plank 2 feet long. Insert it and nail it into the top frame so its center is 12 inches from the unventilated 2-foot end wall. Cut 1 plywood roof panel 12 inches long by 2 feet, and another 36 inches by 2 feet. Measure and slice 2 fiberglass panels the same size as the roof sections. Glue the panel to their matching roof sections. Attach the hinges to each roof section and screw to the center support.  

Step 5:  Build the Floor

Attach the 4 feet by 2 feet plywood floor to the bottom frame. Cover with waterproof vinyl tiles inside.

Your rabbit will be comfortable, have room to exercise, and be safe from fears of predators in this weather-resistant shelter. Add six legs to it, 2 feet long each at the corners and one on each side at center to elevate it for outdoor use.