Chameleon Enclosure

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Project by fivecodys posted 06-04-2015 08:38 PM 1454 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece has finally found a new home. It went to a very nice family.


This a reptile enclosure that I built for our veiled chameleon in 2002. (pictures are current)
70” H x 31” W x 20-1/2” D
It is made of solid Red Oak.
It has tapered legs and a nice crown molding at the top.
The back and bottom are 3/4” plywood covered with black laminate.
The top (cage) section is removable for easy transport.
The top is screened all 3 sides and has a front and right side door for easy cleaning and access to your pet.
The finish is Minwax Provincial stain and water based satin Varathayne.
The top has booth screen and hardware cloth to support lights and a drip system.
The frames are all built with pocket hole screws and holes were all plugged with matching Kreg plugs. I designed and built this because my wife did not like the looks of off the shelf enclosures.
The chameleon is long gone and my two sons have long lost their interest in reptiles.
I have tried to sell it a few times on Craigslist but I was not willing to give it away for pennies on the dollar.
(I will try to find a picture with all of the plants and the beast in the cage because it really was pretty.)
Thanks for looking.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 09:24 PM

Before I read the description I was thinking that critter is really good at blending in, I can’t even see him. Hahaha. Really nice looking setup. I wonder if it would take much work to make it into a curio cabinet. I’ll check back another day to see if you posted the other pic. I’ll bet it looks great. Good job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 05:25 PM

Nice set up Chem, and very nice woodworking skills. I have to begin a tortoise table for our Red-footed tortoise…though my biggest concern is that she’ll outgrow it pretty fast. She is currently about 4×4 inches and 1 lb. She’ll grow to about 20 inches and 30 lbs. I will probably have to do an “outside” woodworking project by making a greenhouse style habitat out of cedar. We’ll see.

In the meantime, keep’r safe and don’t breath the fumes!

best regards,

-- Once harm is done, even a fool understands it.

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 12:23 AM

This looks awesome it looks like a piece of interior furntiture

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#4 posted 08-19-2016 10:23 PM

Thank you for all of the kind comments.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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