Step 1: Materials and Tools
- A roll of 1" mesh welded cage wire. It's like hardware cloth with a bigger mesh--often used for animal pens.
Step 2: Measuring and Cutting
- Cut the 15' roll into twelve 15"x24"sections. The open ends of wire (at the top of the picture) in each section will become hinges.
- Cut 4" off each 24" length, leaving 15"x20" rectangles. Each rectangle is a half of one cage. If you'd prefer 18" long cages, skip this step.
- Cut a notch in each corner--snip 3 wires in each direction on each corner. This takes a 3"x4" notch out of each corner with open ends and a 3"x3" notch out of each corner with closed ends.
Step 3: Bending
Note to perfectionists like me: You may be tempted to make every bend and corner perfectly square, but trust me--it's not worth it. This thing is going underground where nobody's going to see it.
- Your sections have some inherent curve from the roll, so fold the long sides inward. Bend each side past 90 degrees to get a sharp fold, then straighten it to 90 degrees.
- Fold the short sides inward, forming a rectangular basket.
- Put one basket on top of another, then fold the open wires of one basket around the smooth edge of the other, forming a hinge as shown.