This diy step by step diy project is about how to build a pet bed. This project is about building a wooden farmhouse bed for your favorite pet. You can use this rustic bed for your dolls, as well. I managed to build this diy bed frame for cat under 10 $, using pine and common tools. This makes for an unique decorative piece that will brighten up the look of any home.
You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. If this is your first project, you should read the instructions with attention. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.
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Building a farmhouse pet bed
- A – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 12″ long, 4 pieces – 7″ long LEGS
- B – 8 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8″ long PANEL
- C – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 12″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long CLEATS
- D – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 5″ long PANEL
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 12″ long, 1 piece – 16″ long CLEATS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16″ long, 7 pieces – 12″ long RAILS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw, pocket hole jig
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
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Pet bed plans
Building this rustic farmhouse pet bed is one of those projects that seem intimidating but in reality it can be done by any person with basic woodworking skills. This bed is ideal for a cat or for a small dog, but you can adjust the dimensions to suit your needs.
The first step of the project is to assemble the headboard for the bed. Cut the components from 1×2 slats. Use glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the cleats to the panel boards.
Build the legs for the headboard from 1×2 slats. Drill pocket holes along the sides of the headboard and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.
Assemble the footboard with attention.
Attach the legs to the footboard.
Next, you need to build the bed rails and to attach the support slats. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the slats to the rails. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs.
Attach the top trims to the bed frame using glue and 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
Find an appropriate pillow for the bed frame. If you like the design, you can use the project as a doll bed. What you will like the most about this project is that all components are built from 1×2 slats.
How to build a farmhouse pet bed
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs. Therefore, cut the components from 1×2 lumber and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Add glue to one edge of the components.
Clamp the two pieces of 1×2 lumber together tightly, after aligning the edges with attention and let the glue dry for a few hours.
Cut the components for the panel of the headboard. As you can see in the diagram, I used sandpaper to smooth the exposed edges of the slats.
Align the slats and clamp them together tightly. Leave no gaps between the slats.
Add glue to the top and to the bottom of the panels, as shown in the diagram.
Fit the 1×2 cleats and secure them to the panel with 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Drill pocket holes along the sides of the headboard and secure it to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Build the components for the footboard before assembling them together.
Drill pocket holes along the sides of the back of the panel ad insert 1 1/4″ screws into the legs. Add glue and leave no gaps between the components.
Build the rails for the bed frame out of 1×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails. Insert 1 1/4″ nails through the rails into the supports splats. Place the support slats equally-spaced and align everything with attention.
Attach the rails to the headboard and insert 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, attach the rails to the footboard, making sure the corners are right-angled. Leave no gaps between the components.
As you can see in the image, my pet bed is starting to take shape quite nicely.
I applied glue to the top of the footboard and headboard.
Next, I attached the trims to the headboard and to the footboard. Center the trims before securing them into place with nails.
After assembling the pet bed, you need to smooth the surface and to fill the holes with wood putty.
Apply conditioner to the wooden components before applying the stain. This will enhance the durability of the bed frame.
I used rosewood stain and then I applied a few coats of sprain lacquer to seal everything. I fitted the pillow to the bed frame.
I am happy with the final look of the project and I am looking forward to seeing my cat using it.
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