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#1 posted 03-05-2021 07:19 PM

I want it to be portable and expandable so that I could connect the panels and make a fully enclosed structure.
I’ve built many chicken and cat runs with welded wire and chicken wire and they are utilitarian but way over built and ugly. I typically use t posts or 4×4s sunk into the ground.

Cost is a factor in that I can’t afford metal and I can’t afford to learn how to weld at the moment.

Ideally it would be really nice looking in that there are no zip ties or staples visible and the netting or wire is stretched cleanly across the frame.

My main concern is that something like a treated 2”x2”x8’ would end up twisting so bad during drying that I couldn’t join them with half laps. Also I’m afraid that a half lap joint on such a large assembly with thin framing members would be very weak. Maybe with X bracing it would work, I dunno.

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