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Project by colbynorwood posted 05-03-2009 03:58 AM 3443 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok, the cage is 4×2x2, its giant, the old cage was only about 3 feet by 1 1/2 feet plus this one is two floors! its so big i was inside the bottom floor to finish sand some of it! i made it with 8 doors and a swing open top because no matter where i put it i want to be able to get in and be able to reach all the way to the back. im thinking about building a stand of the same design to put it on but thats another project. its all pine with walnut hinges and latches screwed on with brass screws, i simple screwed most of it together but screwed all the boards from the back so they cant be seen, i wanted to do the same with the hinges but it didnt work out. the walnut kept cracking so i went with the brass screws that look ok.

the hinges i actually made at my work using a bridgeport milling machine and a 1/4 end-mill, i did it that way because i don’t have a nice set up for box joints and with the doors opening from the side i knew that i wanted a really snug fit and it was extremely easy to do so with a milling machine, it took about 1 hour to mill all the hinges, which i think is quick saying i made 25 of them, and they were so tight i had to get them together with a hammer, just what i was looking for, after sanding a quick chamfer with some sandpaper they pressed together perfect and after working them for a minute they are great, exactly what i wanted

i still have to go buy sand and make a ramp so my 3 geckos can get upstairs but other than that all of the wood working is complete. i honestly didnt think it would come out this nice

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once





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#1 posted 05-03-2009 04:08 AM

Those Gieco’s are in paradise!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#2 posted 05-03-2009 05:10 AM

I see the geckos where’s the leopard? LOL This a great geico run . good job.

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#3 posted 05-03-2009 07:45 AM

Nice Job.
For being only 18 with no training you show some innate talent for wood working. I looked at some of your other projects and you are far ahead of me when I was twice your age. I would suggest you look into getting some professional training and making it your occupation. Either that or you are putting us on about your age and experience (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 05-03-2009 01:26 PM

Special project! Nice job.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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colbynorwood

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#5 posted 05-03-2009 02:03 PM

thanks for the comments, and yes i guess i lied about my age, im now 19, my bday was april 22! i think most of my experience comes from watching others build things and that im a machinist which gives me lots of skills for designing and knowing how things need to come together in the end.

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#6 posted 05-03-2009 03:40 PM

Very cool!!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 05-03-2009 06:38 PM

Are the lights for heat or did you use them during the building ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 05-03-2009 06:46 PM

That’s a palace for those critters! And the geckos are smilin’.

-- Scott

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#9 posted 05-03-2009 09:48 PM

yeah the lights are for heat, ones a large red heat bulb, one a small, and one is a day time light

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#10 posted 05-04-2009 07:31 AM

It looks like you are developing a second trade. You work just showed you had some sort of experience besides High School shop. Keep up the good work.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 05-05-2009 12:37 AM

Regarding the Walnut cracking on you …Did you predrill and countersink the screw holes .Were you using regular wood screws where the threaded part stops and leaves just a straight shank equal to the thickness of the Walnut ? Love the cage and your critters look pretty healthy and happy : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 05-05-2009 01:09 AM

well the walnut was only cracking when trying to screw them from the back. yeah i drilled them first but still no luck when trying to tighten them up. after that didnt work out 3 out of the 4 screwed cracked the walnut so i settled by doing it from the front and drilled and c’sink them and it worked out great, doesnt look as smooth but you cant tell it wasnt planned which i always like

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#13 posted 05-05-2009 01:59 AM

The hinges came out perfectly….don’t worry about the screw heads. It’s nice that you used the Brass ones and if you put an oil finish onto the Walnut , it will become even darker and the brass will look like Gold : ) Don’t forget to sand off your layout lines first .
Is the hinge pin Cherry ? I really like the design of the whole hinge.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-05-2009 07:02 PM

If I were a gecko I would want to live there! Nice project and the hinges look great with the brass screws. Looking forward to your next project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 05-05-2009 11:21 PM

yeah ill have to try finishing some of the walnut and see how it looks, i made some extra hinges just in case. the dowel used was just cheap birch i think, the stuff the have a craft stores, i looked online for some nice hard wood dowels but no luck finding any 1/8” and wanted to hurry and finish to make my geckos happy

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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