How to weave a grid for a cage for rabbits
Anyone engaged in the maintenance and breeding of rabbits or animals may have to face the fact that for the manufacture of cages for rabbits will need a metal grid. I suggest accepting its weaving in manual mode, without any machine tools. True, the production of a significant amount of mesh need perseverance, patience and skill. The whole process is not complicated, but rather painstaking.
To weave the mesh, you must have aluminum or iron wire with a cross section of 2.5–3.5 millimeters. Iron wire should be soft. It is difficult to weave steel wire, and sometimes it is completely unrealizable to wind it on the bar. Such a wire must be annealed, that is, it must be red hot on the fire and let it cool down little by little. After this treatment, it will be easier to work with.
For many years weaving meshes of various lengths with meshes of any size, which is very convenient in the production of cages for rabbits. In the absence of iron wire, I content myself with aluminum. For this case, suitable pieces of various lengths.
In case it is necessary to cut a woven thick wire, then I make it according to the length of the measured length, plus a different technical error of 5–10 centimeters. Straightened and uneven wire straightened by wrapping it around a stump or a column of significant diameter. It is allowed to produce a certain number of turns, taking one end of the wire with pliers, and holding the other end.
I have just finished weaving a net about 100 meters in size, almost 1.5 meters high, which is intended for a fence around the house and garden. She came out easy and beautiful. At the grid, which is planned for the fence, the cells are allowed to produce a separate configuration and a larger one.
Winding the wire on the bar
Before proceeding to work, it is necessary to make a bar of arbitrary length for winding the wire (figure above), devices for removing the spiral wire from the bar (figure below).
Adaptation for removing the wire helix from the strap
Device for removing a wire from a strap: 1. kerchief (2 pieces); 2. groove to advance the slat; 3. hole for fixing the fixture (4 pcs.), A template for stretching a spiral (figure below), pliers, nippers and, finally, nailing nails on a wooden board or a wall of a shed.
Template for stretching wire helix
Fixing with nails on the gloss or the wall of the shed of a wire spiral stretched in a pattern
I attach the device for removal of a spiral of a wire from a level to a workbench. I make a groove in it 1–2 millimeters larger in relation to the width of the bar. I round all the edges on the plank, make it smooth and even. A cone (B is smaller than A by 2–3 millimeters, the first figure) is needed on it in order to make the spiral easier to remove. First of all, I make a template. I take a pre-graded piece of wire, wind it onto a plank – conditionally 8 rows from the calculation, when the grid size should be 80 centimeters with a width of ten centimeters. The length of the grid can be any. The coils of the wire on the bar should abut each other as tightly as possible. After rolling the wire, I put the bar flat and along the length of it I beat the whole spiral with a hammer, then it will be easier to remove. I remove a spiral from a level by means of special adaptation. With its wound wire, I insert a wide edge into its groove, and hit the upper, smaller edge with a hammer, and the helix flies off of it. Subsequently, I stretch it and fix it on the board. Here is the template.
The coils of the wire produce in one direction, otherwise weaving the grid will not work. The first spiral stretched in a pattern is hung on nails hammered into a plank or wall of a shed. Subsequently, I begin to weave the spirals into each other to the required length of the grid. I nail the latter with nails, and if not, then with staples made of iron wire.
The finished mesh (in case you do not need a lot of length) does not need to roll into large coils (rollers). The easiest way to build a fence of poles directly on the spot in the same way, as when weaving the net itself, is to unite it by weaving the beginning of another at the end of one link.