Have you ever had a build that just got away from you?  You start out with good intentions and somewhere along the way it goes to hell in a hand bag.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to make the dogs their own bed.  I'm hoping to keep them off the couches but I seriously doubt that will happen.  It's really just something for me to do and use up more of the left over wood.  Right after I decided to make this thing, I came down with strep throat.  Yea me.  The first two days were like chewing glass.  I bulled through it though and drew out the design that I thought would work.  See, I have this piece of pressed board that was originally the top to my art table.  One thing lead to another and a couple of the screws pulled out during the assembly of the art table  so I made my own top from ply wood (birch).  It's a beauty.  Any way, I kept the old top thinking that I could use it.  So to make a long story short, I thought it would be perfect as the base for the dog bed.  Yes, it is BUT and here is the but., Never, ever, ever build when you are sick. It just doesn't go well.  All the flaws will be hidden but I will know they are there and it just pisses me off.
These are the four legs clamped together prior to using the router to make the dado joints. Line up to make sure the dado is in the same place on all legs/support.
These are the legs painted. You can see they are resting on the dado joint. If you do not have a router, no worries there is still a way to inset the legs.
This build really did get away from me.  The short end of the legs was suppose to be the top but somehow I flipped it when I put it together (don't build when you are sick!).  This build will depend on the size of the bed that you want.  It is easily adjusted for your pet.  Do remember, if you make it bigger you will need a center brace.  Ok, here is what I did for the size of bed that I wanted:


4 -2x4 @ 10" (legs)
1- 3/4" thick plywood cut to your dimensions (mine was 24" x 33" so all wood is based on these dimensions)
4- 1"x3"x 6'  
1- 1" x 2" x 10'
paint of your choice
sandpaper or sander
wood screws
wood glue
Mitre saw
Skill saw
router (optional)
I measured and marked all the corners that I wanted to cut away. This way the legs sit flush with the wood after I dado the legs. If you don't have a router you would make your notches the same depth as your wood but would need to brace them. I used a skill saw on the corners.
This is how I had intended to make the dog bed but in my delirium, I placed the bracing on the top. This image clearly shows the dado to fit the base of the dog bed.
The bottom arrow indicates the direction of the wood screws prior to adding the slates, this is also the direction for the side bracing. The top arrow is showing some of the nail holes that I apparently did not fill that well.
The Build:

Each leg had a dado to fit the baseboard flush and then each leg was painted prior to the addition of the base.
If you do not have a router but still want the look above, cut the notches the same depth as your legs and then glue and screw them on.  You will definitely need the forward and back bracings to stabilize the legs.
Each leg was glued on and two wood screws were used per leg.
Bracing across the front and back was glued and screwed on also through the legs (bottom arrow, where picture is showing underside of the dog bed)
Side slates were cut to appropriate size for each side and then painted.  I used a miter saw to angle cut all the corners.  You don't have to and can straight cut them. I ran short in two placed and angle cut the boards to fit together.  I then glued and used the nail gun to keep them together.
Slates were glued at the legs and anchored using the nail gun, fill in nail holes with wood filler, wipe off excess and let dry.
One last coat of white paint and done
If you have any confusion about this build please leave a comment and I can answer it for you.

Thanks for reading and remember,
Enjoy life, 
it's the one you have!



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