Introduction: DIY Dog Bed

About: I like to make fun projects and document it all for my channel BCDesign on YouTube!

I made this dog bed for the newest member of our family Chase,It was a very quick build using pine boards reclaimed from a skip, the boards are usually used for packing materials on pallets that you have to stop moving around such as batteries, broken and cut boards are often discarded and would otherwise end up being burned or sent to a landfill and I also used off cuts from my workshop shelves!

I made a video of the project for my channel BCDesign on Youtube, please watch like and subscribe if you like it!!

Items I used:

  • Kreg Jig R3
  • Hand saw or Mitre saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue
  • Milk Paint
  • Water based Lacquer
  • 23 1/2"x17 1/4" of plywood for the base
  • For the sides I used 7 1/2" wide reclaimed pine boards you will need at least an 82" length
  • for the side post Iused 2"x2" offcuts from my workshop shelves each of the 4 corner posts are 7 1/2" tall

Step 1: Cut Your Boards to Size

  • I cut the 4 corner posts to 7 1/2" long
  • I cut the front and rear pieces to 23 1/2" long
  • The side pieces are cut to 17 1/4" long

Step 2: Use Your Kreg Jig to Drill the Pocket Holes and Join the Sides to the POsts

  • I drilled 3 pocket holes on each end of sides of the box
  • I used two 1/2" pieces of osb to raise the side pieces up off the bench when clamping and joining them to the corner posts,this means the sides were attached to the center of the 2x2 corner posts.
  • I then used a kreg clamp and pocket hole screws with some wood glue to join the box together.
  • Before joining the front on I cut a large curve out to allow the puppy to easily enter and exit the box.

Step 3: Cut Plywood & 2x1 to Size to Form the Bottom of the Bed

  • Measure the inside of your dog bed and cut the 4 2x1s to length, glue and screw them in as support for the plywood base
  • Next measure and cut your plywood base to fit inside the box
  • I cut a piece of trim and glued and tacked it to the front of the bed to hide the screw holes.
  • I used quick drying wood filler to cover the pocket holes before paint.

Step 4: Cut & Paint Your Dog Bone Name Plate

  • I cut out a dog bone shape to put the dogs name on
  • I sprayed it white
  • Use some carbon paper to copy out your dogs name and paw prints in whatever typeface you like
  • Next use a black permanent marker to fill in the name and paw prints
  • I used a spray lacquer to cover this for some extra durability

Step 5: Use Milk Paint to Finish the Bed

  • I used a dark blue milk paint for the first outer coat of paint on the bed and grey as the inner coat
  • Allow the first coat of paint to dry
  • Next I add the first coat of Lacquer
  • When the lacquer is dry,I use a light blue paint with a technique called dry brushing.
  • Dry brushing is when you put a very small amount of the paint on a brush and just scuff the the surface in random places, this makes the paint job look old and slightly worn
  • Add a final coat of lacquer to protect the dry brushing
  • Use some screws to attach the bone with your dogs name on it to the bed and add a nice soft cushion

Step 6: Finished!!

  • Add a happy dog to your bed!
  • This was a very simple and quick build and was well worth the effort as Chase loves his bed as you can see in the video!

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Dog Challenge 2016

Grand Prize in the
Dog Challenge 2016

Reclaimed Wood Contest 2016

Participated in the
Reclaimed Wood Contest 2016