Update- Its been several days since I completely finished this project and am happy to say that Elwood loves his new bed. He loves having his very own piece of furniture to lay on.
Step 1: Materials And Tools You Will Need
- 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 saw and lots of muscle
- a jigsaw
- yard stick and or tape measure
- 2 sets of pliers
- dykes (heavy gauge wire cutters)
- pencil and a sharpie
- sander and 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