10 8' 2x2 furring strips
Two 4'x8' sheets of 3/8" plywood
Four butt hinges
Two hasps with padlocks
Two 3'x5' rolls of 1/4" hardware cloth
One pigeon one-way door with perch and varmint door
Galvanized, 2" self-driving deck screws (about 50) wood staples
1" nails (about two dozen)
Two or three cans of spray paint
You will have some 2x2, hardware cloth and plywood left over. If that bothers you, tinker with the Homer Home dimensions until you use it all. Just don't make the pen deeper than you can reach, or you'll have a heckuva time gathering pigeons. Leftovers don't bother me. Remember, I'm not a handyman.
Tool Kit--Table saw or circular hand saw--Power drill with Phillips screwdriver bit--Staple gun--Wire snips--Hammer
(refer to accompanying figures):
1. Cut six pieces of 2x2, 4' long, (1).
2. Cut four pieces of 2x2, 5' long, (2).
3. Using deck screws, assemble the front and rear frames as shown in Figure 1 "Front View."
4. Cut six pieces of 2x2, 2' long, (3).
5. Connect the front and rear frames as shown in "Side View."
6. Refer to Figure 2, "Door Detail." Cut four pieces of 2x2, 22 1/4" long, (4). Cut four pieces of 2x2, 17 1/2" long, (5). Cut two pieces of hardware cloth, approximately 19"x21". Assemble each door with deck screws. Cover the back of each door with hardware cloth, using wood staples.
7. Again refer to Figure 2, "Door Detail." Cut a single piece of 2x2, 1'x9" long, (6). This is the door post. With deck screws, mount the door post with the right edge 1'-11 1/4" from the right vertical member of the front frame.
8. Using butt hinges, mount the doors on the front frame as shown on the drawings. Attach hasps for padlocks as shown.
9. Cut a piece of hardware cloth, approximately 26"x5O". This is the floor of the pen. Attach to frame with wood staples. You will need to notch out portions at the corners and door post with wire snips.
10. Carry the pen to its ultimate location in the yard prior to attaching the plywood walls. You may skip this step if you are an NFL linebacker or an aspiring hernia patient.
11. Cut a plywood sheet, 27"x51". This is the roof. Nail it to the top of the frame.
12. Cut a plywood sh
eet, 24"x51". This is the back wall. Nail it to the back of the frame.
13. Cut two plywood sheets, 27"x24". These are the side walls. Nail one to the side of the frame. Cut the other to accommodate the pigeon one-way door. Attach the pigeon one-way door according to the directions that accompany it. Finally, attach the wall to the Homer Home frame.
14. If your pigeon one-way door has a combination perch and predator shield, you may need to provide a stop along the side of the frame. (See accompanying photograph.)
15. Paint the Homer Home if desired.
16. I anchor the Homer Home with a bent garden stake to prevent toppling in a strong wind.
The Homer Home costs about $100 to build, which would otherwise buy a few days of pro training for Jake.
One good source for the pigeon one-way door is Dogs Unlimited, 207 Boy Scout Rd., Ray, Ohio 45672-9625; 740/286-0029; www.dogsunlimited.com.