This step by step diy woodworking project is about pet bed plans. If you want to learn more about building a bed frame for your favorite pet, we recommend you to pay attention to the to the instructions described in the article. There are many designs and plans to choose from when building a pet bed frame, so make sire you select the right ones for your needs and budget.
Make sure you invest in high quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar, pine or redwood. Take accurate measurements and use a professional saw to get the job done. Always align the components at both ends before drilling the pilot holes and inserting the galvanized screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Use waterproof glue to reinforce the joints.
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Pet Bed Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 13″ long, 2 pieces – 8 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 piece of 1×2 lumber – 25″ long, 2 pieces – 28″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 29″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 10 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8″ long, 10 pieces – 5 3/4″ long PANELS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×5 lumber – 30″ long SIDES
- E – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 30″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 26 1/2″x30″ long BOTTOM
Building a pet bed
First, build the headboard . USe 2×2 lumber for the legs. Cut the horizontal components out of 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom components and secure it to the posts with 1 1/4″ screws.
Build the panel out of 1×3 slats and drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats. Fit them inside the frame and lock them into place by using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, attach the 1×3 trims to the top of the panels. Drill pilot holes through the trims and secure them to the panels, after aligning them at both ends. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Building the footboard is a straight forward process. Cut the legs out of 2×2 lumber, the supports out of 1×2 lumber and the and the panel out of 1×3 lumber.
Top Tip: Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess using a damp cloth. Leave no gaps between the components.
In order to enhance the look of the pet bed, we recommend you to attach the 1×3 trim over the footboard. Drill pilot holes through the trim, align it with great care and secure it into place by using several 1 1/4″ screws.
Continue the woodworking project by locking the headboard and the footboard together. Cut the components out of 1×5 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components, align them with great care and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Next, fit the 1×1 cleats to the interior faces of the bed frame. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and secure them to the frame by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and place a spirit level on top of the cleats, to check if the cleats are horizontal.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to attach the 3/4″ piece of plywood over the cleats. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues before fitting it into place. Make sure the plywood piece fits into place properly and there are no gaps between the components.
After assembling the wooden bed frame we recommend you to check if the components are locked together properly. Insert the galvanized screws properly, making sure they are at the same level with the wooden surface.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to take a cover the components with paint, if you want to enhance the look of the bed frame and to make it stand out. Use glue to lock the components into place.
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