Chins & Hedgies


It is Central Time
Go Back   Chins & Hedgies > Chin Forums > Chin Housing & Supplies
Register Chat FAQ Shop Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Chin Housing & Supplies Anything to do with the housing & supplies of a chinchilla - post it here!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-27-2009, 06:38 PM United States
alli713's Avatar
alli713 alli713 is offline
..has a fleece addiction
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 4,649
Chinchillas: 4
paper pad How to Make Shelves - With Photos

I see this posted a lot on the forums, so I thought I'd make an explanation along with photos of how I make my shelves, so that perhaps some others can understand the process.

Okay, first you'll need:
Wood, pine or poplar boards work best
Wing nuts (sized to match your hanger bolts, 1/4" is most popular)
Washers
Hanger Bolts (1/4" size is most popular)
Pliers

Some people use other means to attach their shelves to their cage, but I've found that hanger bolts work well. Some people also just use hex nuts, but for hand tightening against the cage bars, wing nuts work best. Also, if you use pine, it's so soft of a wood that you don't need to drill pilot holes for the bolts. You can, but it's not necessary, so even if you don't have a drill, you can make your own shelves.

My piece of wood measures roughly 6" x 6". You can use any size, and many lumber stores will cut them for you. Or else ask for their area of seconds, as sometimes they have shorter, left over portions in those bins or racks.

First, picture of supplies:


Close up of hanger bolts. Note that one side looks like a screw, the other half is a bolt for the wing nut to screw onto.


Here in this photo, I've hand-screwed the bolt into the wood to start it off. Note that I've put the wing nut onto the screw, and then the washer, it just takes steps off of my process, but you could skip putting the washer on at this point.
So what you'll do is hold onto the wing nut portion with your hand and while pushing into the wood, twist the wing nut/bolt combo. This will push it into the wood if using pine since it's so soft


After I've started it off so that it sticks into the wood and doesn't fall out, I take my pliers and twist it the rest of the way into the wood. I hold the wing nut part with my pliers and then twist the board with my left hand.


So you will continue twisting the board or pliers until the bolt is all the way into the wood, up to the point so that the wing nut (or washer if you've put it on) is tight up against the wood. You should then be able to twist the wing nut the opposite way to loosen it.

And here's a final close up of the board. I put two bolts in this to make it more stable



I hope this helps and hopefully I didn't make it sound more confusing than it actually is!
__________________
Camphor Chins
Catering to all of your chin's needs
* Feed * Dust * Oxbow Hay * Bridges * Fleece Tubes * Fleece Houses * Hanging Toys * Willow Toys * And so much more! *
Now on Facebook! Become a fan, the more I get the more specials I will post!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-27-2009, 07:02 PM United States
Remyma0408 Remyma0408 is offline
:)
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 751
Chinchillas: 6
Default

Awesome!! I've always thought I needed a drill!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-27-2009, 07:17 PM United States
alli713's Avatar
alli713 alli713 is offline
..has a fleece addiction
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 4,649
Chinchillas: 4
Default

Nope, you don't need a drill! If you want the hanger bolt to go in pretty easy, you can use the smaller size (whatever the size is that's one smaller than 1/4"). Those go in pretty easy when you just press them and twist into the wood.

The 1/4" ones are a bit harder, but still very easy to twist into the pine.

Normally you'll have to twist harder with the larger sizes, and so sometimes the wing nut will get stuck onto the hanger bolt when you try to twist it back off. Then to get it off, I use two pliers. With one pliers I hold the hanger bolt, and the other I use to twist the wing nut. With a little muscle they normally always come loose.
But this won't happen as much if you drill a pilot hole first.
__________________
Camphor Chins
Catering to all of your chin's needs
* Feed * Dust * Oxbow Hay * Bridges * Fleece Tubes * Fleece Houses * Hanging Toys * Willow Toys * And so much more! *
Now on Facebook! Become a fan, the more I get the more specials I will post!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-27-2009, 07:30 PM United States
Ash's Avatar
Ash Ash is offline
Trouble....
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Mount Carmel, PA
Age: 30
Posts: 2,963
Chinchillas: 1
Default

Thanks Alli! Maybe now I don't need Keith to do my shelves... Lol nah, I think I'll still make him do them...

Hey, slightly OT, but not quite. Does Home Depot and/or Lowes charge for cutting the wood?
__________________
Ashley
Kaylee, Lily, Patches, Shadow
Who knew time could fly so fast? 6.6.11 6.27.14
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-27-2009, 07:30 PM United States
Brittney's Avatar
Brittney Brittney is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Age: 29
Posts: 826
Chinchillas: 4
Default

Poplar is very tough wood. I had to use a drill to screw the hanger bolts into the poplar.
__________________

Brittney

Andrew, Bryson, Charlie, Dylan
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-27-2009, 07:56 PM
Rickman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

A little shortcut: if you put 1 wingnut on upside-down, and another correctly, you can tighten [jam] them against each other, and just hand-tighten the wood screw part into the wood.
Eliminates the use of clumsy pliers, and saves galling of the machine threads!
Probably much easier, too!!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-27-2009, 08:19 PM United States
alli713's Avatar
alli713 alli713 is offline
..has a fleece addiction
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 4,649
Chinchillas: 4
Default

Yeah, each person is going to find what works best for them. I tried the double up of wing nuts, but found that just the single with pliers works easiest for me.

And yes, poplar is harder, so if you don't have a drill, get pine.

As far as cutting wood, I think it depends on the store. Some charge like 25 cents a cut, others just won't charge. And some stores won't cut your wood. I think if you need them cut, just call ahead or ask at the store.
__________________
Camphor Chins
Catering to all of your chin's needs
* Feed * Dust * Oxbow Hay * Bridges * Fleece Tubes * Fleece Houses * Hanging Toys * Willow Toys * And so much more! *
Now on Facebook! Become a fan, the more I get the more specials I will post!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-27-2009, 09:17 PM United States
Godins Chinchillas's Avatar
Godins Chinchillas Godins Chinchillas is offline
Godin's Chinchillas
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 1,389
Chinchillas: 70+
Default

Great post! I need about 30 made for all of my cages. Thanks for posting!
__________________
Godin's Chinchillas
Home of the Grand Show Champion NE/NY 2010, 3rd Place Standard Breeder Award MCBA Nationals 2012, and Reserve Champion Female of Show NY/NE 2012
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-27-2009, 09:36 PM
Rickman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Home depot will cut - some charge, others won't.
Lowe's won't cut at all! [their loss]
Haven't tried Menards or any other -
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-27-2009, 10:15 PM United States
Spoof's Avatar
Spoof Spoof is offline
Kung Fu Chinny!
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 2,543
Chinchillas: ~70
Default

Our Lowe's has cut stuff for me for free so far. I'm sure it depends on the store.

Quote:
Great post! I need about 30 made for all of my cages. Thanks for posting!
At that quantity I'd invest in a drill. Having 30 cages with two shelves each I went ahead and got a nice Miter saw, you find all kinds of things to do with it once you get one.
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2012 Chins & Hedgies