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Building a Ramp for the Dog

Building a Ramp for the Dog

If your dog is no longer as active as before and climbing to your bed is a hassle, you can make for it a ramp for it, which will serve the purpose of the preventing injuries to your pet, as well as for storage purposes.

Materials required

·         Plywood for the bottom measuring 14 x 31½ inches

·         2 sides measuring 1 x 5 x 12 inches

·         2 sides measuring 1 x 5 x 45 inches

·         1 bottom crosspiece measuring 1 x 5 x 14 inches

·         2 legs at 1 x 5 x 15½ inches

·         1 leg cross pieces at 1 x 5 x 14½

·         1 lid at 1 x 16 x 45½

·         1 block handle at 1 x 3 x 7


Use a jigsaw to cut the box, legs and the top based on the measurements. The sides measuring    1 x 5 x 45 inches should be marked on both ends. The mark on one end should be at 2 inches and the mark on the other end at 10 inches. Cut off the corners on these marks. The long cut is where the ramp sits on the floor and the short is where it meets the bed. Create a curve on the legs and cut it.

To build the box sides, measure 2 inches from the longest side of the 1 x 5 x 45 inches sidepieces and mark it. Mark another point at 10 inches from the long side. Draw a line across the mark with a speed square. Place the 1 x 5 x 12 inches sides inside the line, clamp them and drill screws on the long side to join the box sides.

Make the bottom by attaching the plywood with screws to the short edge of the box. Attach the 14-inch crosspiece to the front side of the bottom. Drill holes on the box for attaching leg bolts. Use a drill driver with a drill bit of 3/8 inches. The holes should be at the back of the long side 1 ½ inches from bottom edge with 3 ½ inches from shortest point.

Drill a hole of 3/8 inches, 13 ½ inches from the legs bottom. Screw the crosspiece between legs with the ends flushing with the legs back edge. Fill the holes and seams with wood putty. Send them, apply primer and paint. Insert a bolt of 3/8 inches to the leg and box. Use washers, one on the legs outside, four between the box and the legs and one on the box inside. Use a locking nut at the bolts end and tighten the bolt using an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver.

Attach the lid to the box by placing the box facing the boxes underside. With the ends of the flushing with those of the lids, screw a 30-inch hinge using a screwdriver. Attach the toy box hinge and the folding door hinges. Also, fasten a drawer pull at the back. Mount nonslip pads on the legs and a nonslip rug on the lid.

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