For one reason or another I have found myself in need of a easy live trap for various small animals. This includes furry garden invaders, escaped pets, unwanted attic inhabitants and perhaps the holiday being know as the easter bunny.
Step 1: The materials
The dimensions of the the cut pieces are below.
(2) 0.75"x6"x16" SIDE
(2) 0.75"X8"X16" TOP/BOTTOM
(1) 0.75"X6"X6" DOOR
(1) 0.75"X8"X8" BACK
I would recommend using treated lumber (fence planks are rough and cheap).
I used plywood that I had left over in my garage, I don't recommend it. (Nailing into the end of plywood is a real pain).
- Fish line, paracord, wire,
-Really any thin strong line with little stretch,
-Small nails or wood screws-
1.25" long should be fine
I reused a hinge from an amorie door, I spring loaded self closing hinge would be a good revision on this part.
any kind of elastic could work for this
Step 2: Pookie
ok so the idea is a big wooden box with a door that swings shut behind the beast as it eats the tasty treat at the end of the tunnel.
so first things first you need to make the box. The way I like to do this is to first nail the two sides onto the bottom Aka nail through the bottom and into the side of the pieces of wood that make up the sides of the trap. Make sure to drill pilot holes before you nail or screw. I used three nails for each joint, one in the middle and one at each end. After you get both of the side onto the bottom its time to add the back. line the back up with the two sides and the bottom and nail it on.
Step 3: Now for the top
ah yes the top. Im not really sure why I made a step for the top exclusively, but I did. Any way add the top the same way you did the back and nail it on. The top will need to have two holes cut in it and two holes chiseled in it but we can do that later.