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racks are easy...

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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 24, 2003 at 14:03:10:

In Reply to: Rack building help needed badly!!! posted by ram on April 24, 2003 at 13:21:45:

Racks for leopard geckos are pretty easy as they are not the best escape artists. The link is to a post I made on the subject a couple of days ago.

However, I feel there is more of a learning curve with working with plastics than with wood/melamine.

The attached picture is of a rack I built with 1/2" plywood sides and bull-nosed melamine shelving. I built this for about $40 and the only tools I needed were a circular saw, a drill, and a straight-edge.

Note that it holds 7 (or 14) boxes rather than the typical 5.

I used simple edge joints with no glue and 2" screws.

It no longer houses any animals except for some feeder insects. It's now a tool box, LOL.

You should be able to find melamine at most home improvement stores. I built a much larger rack out of plywood and melamine cut for me by Home Depot. I had them cut it so that it would fit in my vehicle but had every intention of taking it home and re-cutting it so it would be square and of accurate dimensions.

They did a good enough job of cutting it that I was able to assemble it as is.

Let us know if you have any further questions.

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