This step by step diy woodworking project is about farmhouse pet bed plans. The project features instructions for building a pet bed with a rustic appearance, using 1×2 and 2×2 lumber. This bed is designed for cats or for small dogs, but you can use the same techniques and adjust the dimensions of the structure. The best part of the project is that you can get the job done by yourself with common tools.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 8″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 13 1/2″ long, 9 pieces – 8″ long HEADBOARD PANEL
- C – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 13 1/2″ long, 9 pieces – 6″ long FOOTBOARD PANEL
- D – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16″ long, 7 pieces – 13 1/2″ long SEAT
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 17 1/2″ long TRIMS
- 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 6 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
Farmhouse Pet Bed Plans
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the headboard panel for the pet bed. Cut the components from 1x2s at the right dimensions. Lay the vertical slats on a level surface, making sure the edges are flush and that there are no gaps between the components. Attach the cleats to the panel and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock them into place. Add glue to the joints for a durable bond.
Build the legs for the headboard from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at 12″ and drill pocket holes along the sides of the panel. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the components together and make sure the corners are square.
Next, build the footboard for the pet bed. Lay the panel boards on a level surface and secure the cleats into place using 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue. Make sure the edges are aligned and add glue to the joints.
Drill pocket holes along the sides of the panel and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Leave no gaps between the components and add waterproof glue.
Continue the project by attaching the rails to the pet bed. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, you need to attach the 1×2 support slats to the bed frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the rails using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you place the slats equally-spaced, by using a 1″ spacer between the components.
Attach the 1×2 trims to the top of the footboard and headboard. Use glue and 1 1/4″ finishing nails to lock them into place properly.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the pet bed from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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