JAMES’ DIY PROJECT: DESIGNER DOG BED
Make a special perch for your precious pooch.
You will need cushion; pencil; tape measure; saw; plywood, 1220mm x 610mm x 18mm; premium-grade dressed pine, 184mm x 19mm x 2.4m; countersink drill bit; drill driver; PVA glue; brass countersunk head wood screws; Philips head screwdriver; 4 zinc angle leg plates; 4 round wooden tapered furniture legs; coping saw; sandpaper; wood stain.
1 Measure cushion; cut plywood to size required. Our cushion is 600mm x 600mm; our base is 5mm bigger.
2 Cut pine timber to required size of sides. The back wall and two side walls are 200mm high; front is 100mm high.
3 Using a countersink drill bit, drill holes towards bottom of timber sides so they can screw to base. For extra
strength, glue along same area that sides will attach to base.
4 Screw walls to base using a Philips head screwdriver. Brass screws are softer than regular screws, so need to be turned by hand.
5 Measure distance from edge where leg plates are to be attached; screw to base. Attach legs to base plates.
6 Mark out a path of shape to cut front corner out of side walls. James wanted a curve so traced around the edge of a round object. Cut along marked line with coping saw.
7 Sand to soften any blunt and sharp edges. Stain wood (or paint) as desired.