Howdy, th3_ jungle_inv3ntor comes up with all sorts of odd things - a door through the side of the house, bread fruit sap to remove bot fly larvae from skin, a motorized kite winder, eating hearts of trees, and straws with LEDs in them..... what more?
Traps. They catch by surprise. They have been used since ancient times, and they still can be very effective today, essentially hunting around the clock. Well, I wanted one. A big one. A strong one. A trap that can contain anything that can fit in it that is found in the jungle.And that is what this trap is.
It is a box trap. So, it catches animals without hurting them. Its design is similar to a small wooden one that I had built way back that was very successful - until it rotted. Since the rain forest doesn't treat wood very well, I decided to try my hand at welding and weld together a long lasting trap. It is very simple in design, and is nothing fancy.
Well, when you live in the jungle you never know what lurks around. I live in a small town in the Amazon jungle, and although it is rather developed in some ways, it is still in the jungle. Our neighbor two houses away had a chicken caught by a small ocelot (I assume)in the middle of the day. It is rare for cats to be on the hunt in the day, but is even more rare to actually see them. They saw it twice. Anyway, the truth is you never knows what lurks about. But, I want to find out. :) Thus the trap came into existence - with large cats in mind. :)
I am not responsible in any way to any bad feeling an animal has toward you after being caught in this trap. :) I am not responsible if you are caught in this trap. :) No, seriously, welding can be rather dangerous, so be careful. Be sure to wear the proper safety equipment. Be careful in making this trap and using it. Animals can be very mean when caught in a trap so be careful. I am not responsible in any way.
I have always wanted to weld, but never had the chance until recently. My dad bought a small, cheap welder that gives me something else to create things with. Can't say I am good at it though....
Anyway, what you will need is the following:
A welder - I used a arc or stick welder, as some may call it.
- and of coarse, welding rods
A sheet of heavy duty mesh - 4x8 feet.
Rebar - I used both 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch.
A piece of angle iron
Two springed door hinges
A self closing door latch
A little wood
A small piece of pvc pipe, and
A little rope
You will also need:
Welding safety gear - helmet, gloves, etc.
Common tools - hammer, pliers, etc.
So let's get started.