Introduction: Linda's Flight Cage
This is Linda's flight cage. Actually, it is more of an inside aviary. The cage itself measures 48 inches tall, 24 inches deep, and 86 inches wide. It comes with 26 inch legs, making it 74 inches tall as a unit.
The special features of this cage are the two removable dividers making this cage convert from one to two or three separate sections. Each section has its own set of double doors for easy access.
The panel coverings are galvanize screen in the upper sections of the cage as well as the top, and a plexiglass Seed guard all around the bottom sections.
There are three slide out drawers that have been treated with water-based polyurethane to protect the wood and the entire cage has been painted white.
Step 1: Attach Plexiglass and Door Hardware to Panels
For shipping purposes I have the plexiglass packed separate from the panels. All of the panels have the letter marked on the top of them. You will find each plexiglass piece marked with the corresponding letter of the panel it goes to. The side with the tape goes on the inside and the tape is closest to the top. Be sure to remove the factory protective coating from both sides. It simply peels off. Use the small black Panhead screws to attach the Plexiglas panels. The door hardware is marked to which panel and which door top or bottom that it goes to.attach the the roller catch with the black Panhead screws and attach the latch block to the panel with one 1 5/8" screw in the pre-drilled hole.
Step 2: Putting the Base Together
First find the two base pieces and turn them upside down next to each other where the front edges are marked and align them. Then attach four 1 1/4" into the pre-drilled pocket holes.
Next, attach the middle leg receptacle with four 1 1/4" screws.
Next, attach the four legs into their corresponding numbered corner and the middle support leg into its block. On the bottom of each leg is a small hole drilled in the corner that points to the outside corner. This aligns the tapers and the holes for the base support pieces.
Then, find the six base support pieces. There are four long pieces and two short ones. The long pieces are marked front and back where they attach and The side pieces are marked which leg be attached to. Attach three 1 1/4" screws to put the front pieces together and then the back pieces. Set the peace in between legs one and two. You will use the 1 1/4" Spacer bar to align the support bar. Attach to the base with 1" screws and attach to the legs with 1 5/8" screws. Then attach the rest of the supports.
You will now turn the base over onto the legs.
Step 3: Assembly of the Back, Sides, and Divider Panels
As you are looking at the cage, panel A is on the back left corner. You will attach it to the base using two 2" screws coming from underneath the base into the bottom of the panel as shown.
Panel B is the divider and will be attached to Panel A at a 90° angle. It is Marked on the top which edge points towards the front of the cage. There are two pre-drilled holes in the base one in the middle, and one towards the front. You will use two 1 5/8" screws coming from underneath into the bottom of the panel.
After those are done, you will use two 1 5/8" screws to attach the divider panel hey those screws come from the panel A side into the divider. The divider panel attaches to the divider panel as shown.
Panel C sits right against the divider in the back. There are two 2" screws coming from under the base into the bottom of the panel and three 1 5/8" screws that go from panel C into panel B.
Assemble these panels like the previous.
Panel D is next to C.
Panel E is the divider. Assemble as the other divider.
Panel F is the right back corner.
Panel G is the right side. Remember the 1 5/8" screws that go into the back panel F.
Panel H is the left side.
That is it for panels that attach to the base. The last picture shows what you should have so far.
Step 4: Drawers, Front Panels, and Top
Next, place the drawers in the appropriate slots. The middle drawer is obviously larger then the other two, and the smaller ones do have a definite left and right slot so you will see that. They might stick a little at first because of the fresh paint but that will smooth out with time.
Panel I is the left side of the front. It will attach to the divider using three 1 5/8" screws in the pre-drilled holes in the door frame. Lineup the top screw and the others will follow. Also from panel H there will be three 1 5/8" screws that go into panel RA. Once again, lineup the top screw in the others will follow.
Now you will assemble panels J, K and L together before putting them on the cage this is because of the stabilizer bar that goes on the bottom edge to strengthen those panels since they do not attached to the base.turn the panels backwards so that you're facing the inside of the panels J will be on your right, K in the middle and L on the left. From the inside door frame of panel K you will attach three 1 5/8" screws into panels J and L.
Next, take the stabilizer Bar and line it up as shown with the panels. You will see the corresponding panels on the inside of the bar. Turn it over and run the seven 1 5/8" screws into the pre-drilled holes from the bar into the panels. It might help to do the center screw first, then the two ends, then the other four. Lineup the holes in the panels and the rest will follow.
Now, lift the three panel section between The dividers. Once again this will be snug. It might help to loosen the front screws of the dividers below in order to slip it down to align the pre drilled holes. Once again, lineup your top screws into the holes and the rest will follow.
Attach panel M in the same manner that you did panel I. You are now finished with the panels and ready for the two top pieces.
I have the two top pieces Marked left front and right front. Slip them over the top of the cage and each side has eight 1" screws.
that's it! You are ready to put your birds in their new home!!!