Pet Bed

A few boards and a weekend in the shop are all you need to create a cozy, comfortable bed for your favorite pet.

Many dog owners today lavish as much attention on their pets as they do on their partners or their children. Whoever coined the phrase, “It’s a dog’s life,” obviously never envisioned a pet bed like this one. Made out of solid hardwood with dovetailed construction, it’s a bed that’s fit for a King — or a Fido. (I’ll spare you any more canine-related puns and references.) This pet bed is constructed very similar to a bed for humans. It consists of a four-sided frame with slats to support a cushion. The slats are dovetailed into rails on the sides of the frame. Shallow cutouts at the front and back of the frame make it easier for the dog to climb in and out of bed. And the entire frame is supported at each corner by a turned foot. While the joinery on this project is stout enough to accommodate just about any size of dog, we’ve designed the bed for a small to medium animal. But it’s a simple matter to scale it up or down to suit your pet. If you do plan on making it a different size, however, it’s a good idea to purchase the mattress first, and then size the frame to fit.

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What You Get:

  • 7 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 28 full-color photos, illustrations, and exploded views
  • Materials List & Project Supplies Sources

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