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2. Now, take a rubber mallet and pound each corner piece joint with medium force to secure them in place. If you find the joints are loose and turn easily, reinforce with a small piece of duct tape placed on the end of each piece to make the connection tighter.
<p>What holds the pipes in the corner pieces? Just pressure fit? A different plan I saw used screws to screw through the corner pieces into the pvc legs. Seeing that, I thought that pvc glue would be robust enough. Or is there a reason to not permanently fix the legs into the corner pieces?</p>
<p>I'm thinking of making a bunch of these for the animal shelter. do you think it'll work?</p>
I stumbled upon this site and thought &quot;what an awesome project&quot;. I want my dogs to be comfortable but I hate smelly dog beds. I made 2 of them. I used 11/2 pvc pipes cause my dogs are heavier. I had to special order the corner connectors. I got real lucky and found the mesh fabric for .25 a foot. Both beds were made for under 50$. My dogs love their new beds and I love not having to wash any more smelly beds.
<p>Hi, what fabric did you use to make the pockets for get into the pvc? Did you make it with a domestic sewing machine?</p><p>Thanks.</p><p>Marilia</p>
Very nice.<br> <br> You can get the 3-Way Fittings cheaply and in a whole mess of sizes from <a href="http://formufit.com/3-way-pvc-corner-fittings" rel="nofollow">formufit.com</a>. You don't need to buy a 240 count of them either! :)<br> <br> I also recommend their furniture grade pvc pipe, as a previous poster stated, as it won't degrade outdoors.<br> <br> Great Ible!
Great idea, but defiantly not around $10. I could see around that price if I got scraps of fabric for free from a place, but I bought "duck" fabric.
I made a version of this this weekend. I made it large, really large, so it would fit snugly in the outdoor kennel. Final size of mine is 5' x 3' and 12&quot; legs. I made it tall because I know he will get his toys under it and stand there and bark at them if he can't get to them. :) I used &quot;duck&quot; fabric which I am certain will rip out eventually. I had to order my 3 way corners off ebay, found the duck fabric at Walmart. Your instructions were awesome and easy to follow and I really appreciate finding this!! Thanks!
Nice job, i am looking for someting like this but then to take on a camping trip so mabey one without the legs!
What breed of dog is that in your picture? He/she is gorgeous. <br>And thanks! This is exactly what Ive been looking for.
Thank you for sharing!Alot cheaper then in the store.
Thanks for the tute. I found the 3way corner piece @ Lowes. I also found the open weave vinly @ Hancock Fabrics and it was $19.99 but I used a 40% off coupon to buy a yard.
Also, another way to make a corner which is available where you bought the pipe and might be cheaper in small quantities is to use a T and a 90 degree elbow. The middle opening of the T points down to connect to the leg. A short segment (2.5 - 3&quot;) of the PVC pipe connects the T to the elbow and the elbow connects to the short side. The disadvantage of this is that pressure directly on the short side pipe can flip the bed. A T piece with leg reaching to the floor can be added in the middle of the short side to prevent this. That can make the 2 short sides uneven though. For my dogs (125 - 180 lb skinny Newfoundlands) I'd need 1 1/4 or 1 1/2&quot; pipe. :)
The lettering comes off with acetone easily, or rubbing alcohol with more effort.
Great article--thanks! I customized the size a bit to fit in one of the extra-large ASPCA dog crates, and the dog loves it! Just a note for anyone thinking about changes to the sizes listed--mine is 40&quot; in its longest dimension, and the PVC flexes quite a bit under a 70 lb bulldog mix. If you're considering anything much larger, or for a heavier dog, you may need more rigidity in the frame.
My lab only eats beds/blankets in her crate so I used your great tutorial to make a crate one with a few EZ changes. Since she cant access the legs or the bottom once its in the crate this version is more forgiving for a rookie. Basically its a topper sitting on a folded blanket inside her crate--she luvs it! <br>*3/4 PVC cut to fit inside her crate (used the plastic tray from her crate as a guide) <br>*3/4 x 3/4 x 1/2&quot; PVC Elbows for the corners (all basic stock @ Home Depot-under $2 each sold individually). <br>FYI: The 1/2&quot; is threaded, the 3/4&quot; sides are not--i did not find elbows with all smooth 3/4&quot; sides <br>*1/2&quot; threaded male risers (black cut-to-length PVC around 6&quot; long in the Sprinkler/Irrigation Aisle-also cheap). You can adjust leg length individually by screwing in the riser as needed to level--just cut to fit. I wanted it short/more head room, so cut them 2&quot; long--this gives you 1&quot; high leg. <br>(You could also look for 1/2&quot; white PVC male connectors + cut PVC pipe for legs.) <br>I folded her blanket smaller than the cot size then laid cot over it--its more padded &amp; less stress on the cot fabric pulling on the screws since its not bearing all her weight. I removed the plastic tray that came with the crate. <br>I used black striped Sunbrella fabric from Jo-Annes Fabric store &amp; cut the scraps into ribbons, then hot glued them onto the legs like a tube to cover up the white 1/2&quot; PVC (remember she can't access the legs)--black legs blend into the black crate. Hope this helps :o)
We made one of these types of beds for a dog that was incontinent but we used a mesh fabric. Instead of using screws, we made pockets that the pvc pipe slid into on all sides. Yours is a wonderful instruction.
A Google search on &quot;furniture PVC fittings&quot; will return a number of sources for those three-way fittings. You might want to think about using furniture grade PVC pipe, as well. The plumbing grade PVC pipe degrades and gets brittle in sunlight, and has all that ugly lettering printed on it.

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