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For this cage, I use the 36" width wire. This will allow you to build 2 cages with the final dimension of 18" wide x 15" deep x 17" high. Cut off a 66" piece. Cut this piece down the middle into two 17" pieces you can actually make one 17" and one 18" cage, but I like for all my cages Finch paper be the same size.
Flatten this out as best you can. Whack it with the rubber mallet and bend it back the other way a little bit to help with that straightening process. Next, cut off the "stubs" to end up with an even end on Finch paper remaining wire. Cut off a 18" piece. From this piece, cut off two 15" sections.
The last piece to cut is a 2" piece. So from that 18" section you should end up with two 18" x 15" sections and one 2" x 18" section. Repeat this process for one more 18" section, but you will not need another 2" x 18" section. Lastly, from the remaining section of wire, you will cut the doors for the cages.
Here you have a choice.
Many people like for the door to overlap the opening. I like for the door to fit the door opening with no overlap. You can make this larger if you have difficulty working with a 6" opening.
So whether you want a door overlap or larger door, cut the size door you want from the remaining piece. You should now have 2 17" x 66", 4 18" x 15", 2 2" x 18" and 2 6" x 6" or larger sections.
On one end, mark the wire for an opening 2" x 18". This will be for the tray to slide in. Cut 1" off and bend over 1" for an overlap. This overlap will give the opening some strength. The first piece to bend is the tray door.
Stick the 2" x 18" section in the brake. Now mark the 17" x 66" section to begin making the corner bends. The front is already marked by the 18" tray opening. Now mark a 15" length, then a 18" length and then there should be 15" left.
This should create a square forming the front, back and two sides of the cage. You can also opt to use another fastener called rings. Each has its own specific type of bending pliers or crimper. My preference is for the "J" clips.
You will want to modify the pliers by adding some padding to the handles. You will be using these a lot. I usually place a clip every 3" or so. This helps keep everything nice and tight to hold the shape of the cage better.
Doors The same clips or rings that you used to fasten the wire will now be used to attach the doors. I start by attaching the tray safety door. If the door does not swing properly, make sure the front is as straight as possible. The bent over wire helps to shape the opening.
Test it by sliding in the tray. When pulling out the tray, I always push the little safety door in and then pull out the tray.In business for more than 26 years, The Paper Store and More offers a huge online selection of printing papers, supplies, copier papers, envelopes, and more.
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