How To Build a Raised Dog Bed
Keep your dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor.
A half day
IntroductionMany of us like to keep our dog off the furniture and up off the cold floor. Here is a simple project you can build in an afternoon for only a few bones.
- 18-Gauge Brad Nail Gun
- Circular saw or table saw
- Hearing and eye protection
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw or jigsaw
- 1 qt. paint
- 1-1/4-in. 18-gauge brad nails
- 12-ft 1x8 poplar (1)
- 220-grit sandpaper
- 4x4-ft 3/4-in plywood (1)
- Wood glue
Project step-by-step (11)
Cutting the Boards
- Cut two pieces of the 7-1/4-in. poplar at 41-1/2-in. for the front and back legs.
- Cut two more pieces of the 7-1/4-in. poplar at 30 inches for the side legs.
- Cut one plywood bottom at 30 x 40 inches.
- Rip three 3/4 x 48-in. cleats from the remainder of the plywood.
- Cut two cleats at 34-1/2-in. and two side cleats at 24 inches.
- Pro tip: Always check the width of the board. Sizes may vary coming from the store.
Layout the Side Legs
- Make pencil marks on the bottom edge of the board one inch from each end.
- Draw a line 3-1/4-in. up from the bottom across the length of each board.
- Connect the one-inch lines with the 3-1/4-in line at a 28 degree angle using an adjustable square, or make a 28 degree template with your miter saw (see photo).