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What you will need
Use a wood suitable for outside use. Use wood that has no toxins: hardwoods such as aspen are good. Do not use cedar or pine, as they are now believed to contain harmful phenols (aromatic hydrocarbons) and oils.
Guinea pigs need something hard to chew on and will gnaw their hutch if there is nothing else. Keep a piece of deciduous wood in the hutch; this will provide useful exercise for their teeth and help to keep them in good condition.
1/2″ (13mm) Plywood: You will need 1 and 1/4 sheets of 4×8 plywood to cut all the pieces. If you are able to acquire a 1/4 sheet, all the good, otherwise you will have to put up with bit of wastage.
1×1 (25mm x 25mm) wood: You will need 14ft (4.25m) for the lid rim.
2×2 (25mm x 25mm) wood: You will need 33ft (10m) for the frame.
You will also need: Welded mesh to suit, three T-hinges, nails and screws and staples to suit.
The wood that I used
I used a hardboard plywood for the box but a treated plywood for the lid, as I figured the guinea pig would not be able to gnaw, lick, or rub against the roof.
I used treated pine for the 1×1 (25mm x 25mm) lid rim, as it is out of reach of the guinea pig.
I used hardwood for the 2×2 (25mm x 25mm) frame.
After six months of living in the hutch, Milo the guinea pig has not gnawed at any part it. That could be because he has always had something else to gnaw on, such as pieces of deciduous wood or other suitable chewable bits and pieces from the pet store.
First up are all the plans, listed from Plan 1 to Plan 7.
They can be referred to throughout the instructions that follow.
The instructions are also accompanied by photos.