JAMES’ DIY PROJECT: DE­SIGNER DOG BED

Make a spe­cial perch for your pre­cious pooch.

Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

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.

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