Ok. As I said, I don't have a shop so don't feel like you will need one to to build this, its fairly simple and only a few power tools are necessary. Mostly what you will need is your creative mind.
- drill, cordless is nice but not necessary
- selection of drill bits for making pilot holes
- phillips head screwdriver
- table saw - if you don't have one a circular saw will work, at the very least a crosscut handsaw and lots of muscle
- a jigsaw
- yard stick and or tape measure
- 2 sets of pliers
- dykes (diagonal wire cutters)
- pencil and a sharpie
- sander and paper, or just paper
Materials needed might be subject to change depending on the size of your dog. Ellwood is about 70lbs, enough said! It should also be said that I used Pine because, besides the fact that its cheap, it blends in with my sisters low cost furniture. If you have hardwood furniture you might want to spring for a better quality of wood, Oak isn't too, too expensive.
- 1"x12"x 4 feet
- 1"x 6"x 18 feet 3- 6 foot boards
- 1"x 2"x 24 feet 3- 8 foot boards
- 1 4x8 sheet of 5mm sub-flooring plywood. You can use thicker wood if you want but you won't need it, and it will only make your finished product really heavy.
- 1 4x8 sheet of remesh. Its a sheet of wire grid used to reinforce poured concrete. We'll use it for the cage. There are many other options for cage material at the hardware store. I liked the 6"x6" grid that this has, and it was only about $8.
- 2 - 1 1/2" lag bolts and nuts
- box of 1 1/2" woodscrews
- box of 3/4" woodscrews
- 8 L-brackets
- box of plastic "cable mount" brackets
- 2 hinges, any style or color
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