On the following pages, you'll see that it's actually quite easy to do, and yes, I am 100% confident it will hold my dog's weight, then again, my dog weighs 16lbs... If at any point you want it stronger, modify the plans as you see fit. I've had a 70 lbs German Shepard use the frame and I've also climbed it myself as a test. This thing is a beast and is pretty heavy.
Also keep in mind this is a practice frame. Regulation frames are 9 foot per side, these plans are only 8 foot. The rest of the dimensions are to rules so it's a reasonable practice setup.
My Flickr Page with the photos is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chuybregts/sets/72157615091503140/
See my other instructable for making your own Dog Agility Jumps
As Requested, now with video!
Step 1: Materials List
- 8 x 2" x 4" x 8' (two by fours) (Note: 8' is what they're listed as in the store, their actual measurement is 8' - 3", or 93", this allows a builder to build an 8' wall using a 2x4 above and below the cut 93" 2x4 to give you 8'). Note: As pointed out by alan481 "8' lumber is an actual 96". you are thinking of the pre-cut 92 5/8" stud" I must have purchased studs.
- 2 x 3' x 8' x 15/32" plywood (or, if you're concerned, feel free to use a thicker plywood, buy a 4x8 sheet and have the home improvement store rip it to 3 x 8!)
- 42 feet of 3/8" x 1 1/4" molding (this will be used as the rungs to add traction for the dog, this is sold by the foot and you have to cut them yourself. We cut 7 lengths of 6' per length to aid in fitting in the vehicle)
- 2x door hinges
- 4x hook bolts ( bolts that have a hook on one side, allows you to attach the chain)
- 2x 8' lengths of chain (we picked up chain that can hold about 250lbs, overkill, but it's cheap)
- 1 bottle of wood glue (for the molding)
- 1lbs box of 2 1/2" screws (or use nails, etc)
- 1lbs box of 1" nails (or some other nail, brad nails, etc) for tacking the molding to the frame allowing the wood glue to dry.)
- 2 colors of paint, exterior paint is best. For the Yellow, I had some cans of Krylon paint leftover from my Christmas Pacman Lawn Ornament.
- optionally, exterior base coat (I'm using it on mine, but do what you would like)
- a few cups of dry sand (we're going to mix it with the paint to add some more traction for our pups)
- 1x pool noodle (This will be used to fill in the gap at the top)