View Full Version : need advice on bin cages

05-12-2009, 01:16 PM
im planning on making a bin cage for my syrian and i just wanted a bit of advice.

ive had a look on the internet for a plastic storage box and i couldnt really find many that wernt in bulks of a few hundred, or they were to small and not deep enough, where have other people got their plastic bins from?

also how could i make another level in the cage, id rather it not be just one level or atleast have something she can climb on ? Any ideas what i could do for that. Can i use a wooden shelf and fix it into the plastic tub some how?

05-12-2009, 01:39 PM
Have a look in Staples at the largest one they offer. Also Wilkos do a reasonable range of sizes as do Ikea.
Hope that helps :)

05-12-2009, 01:42 PM
ok ill have a look souffle!
also, im just looking at the how to make a bin cage guide off wiki and it says i need to use a scroll saw to cut out the big holes for the wire mesh, i had no idea what a scroll saw was and goggled it and there like 150 quid, its a big piece of machinery, do i have to use this?

05-12-2009, 02:08 PM
I think snuggleham made that guide and that is the USA name for a hacksaw or a small single bladed saw. We cut plastic by using a soldering iron ourselves. A little saw for a couple of quid will do fine I think.

05-12-2009, 02:28 PM
There's also Asda :)

06-11-2009, 11:32 AM

I have made several bin cages now from different suppliers, the ones I recommend can be bought from Viking Direct and are 64 litre, they are 710 mm long. I just bought 6 from their today, ordered at 11.00 and received at 15.00. The plastic is thick, probably about 4mm and the easiest way to cut the shapes is with a craft iron, its like a soldering iron but even with this it takes a hour or so. Once the shapes are cut out I cut a piece of mesh approx 1" larger on each side, I then place this over the cutout and mark where to drill, I usually do the 4 corners first. Then I place bolts through and mark and drill rest of holes. The drill size I use is 6.5 and the nuts and bolts are bought from Wickes, legnth 20mm which was the smallest length I could find.

Here is a finished one...





I have also added a shelf by using the plastic I cutout from the lid, cut to the width of the cage and placed on 4 wooden legs of approx. 6" high. To attach I drilled hole through each corner of plastic and used screw to attach to legs.

06-24-2009, 12:45 PM
you can also add levels with plastic display risers from e-bay :D