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Pedro and Poppy's Playgym

These instructions aren't explicitly detailed but should give you the basics on how the gym was assembled.

I "designed" what I wanted and went and bought all the wood pieces I thought I'd need.

It's important to remember you should use untreated wood that is non-toxic.

I went to Home Depot and bought untreated pine.
24'x24" for about $5.50
You'll want a base that is at least 1/2" thick. I bought a 24"x24" piece for ~$5.50.

The middle rod I found over in the "porch columns" section of the store. It was priced at around $1.70 per foot. (I cut a 2 foot long piece.) You cut those yourself there in the store.

The small blocks of wood as supports for the middle rod and the ladders are also untreated pine from Home Depot.

The rest of the dowel rods were perches from various cages I have. However, you can buy dowel rods in any size diameter you need at Home Depot.

All of the ladders I used on this gym came from PetSmart.

When I had all the pieces, my husband and I sat down with my rough drawing and I told him just how I wanted things set up on the base, how long I wanted the perches and toy hangers, etc.
Then, he figured out all the proper measurements.

Ted drilled all the way through the rod used for the middle post to make the holes for the perches and hangers for the toys.

Then he coated the interior of the holes with wood glue and inserted the lengths of dowel rods into the holes until the ends were flush with the opposite side of the rod.

Ted screwed the wooden "block" supports onto the base (from the bottom) and then drilled through the support blocks.
He coated the inside of the holes with wood glue and inserted the middle rod and support ladders.

When all was properly stabilized, I added some toys which can be rotated with others at any time!

That's it!

Pedro and Poppy

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Very Nice Deborah. Good job. It always fun to make your own gyms, I'm working on one myself.
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thats great , good job

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That is so cool! Thank you for sharing they look like they're gunna have lots of fun on it

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They love it.

My budgies wanted nothing to do with it but Pedro and Poppy adore it.
Poppy especially likes standing on the center upright post. She reminds me of a little seagull when she does that.

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