Give your puppy or small dog a little creature comfort with this colorful dog bed featuring decorations that make it a fun addition to any room.
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Cut the dog bed front (A), sides (B), back (C), and supports (D) to length. When cutting parts to equal lengths, fasten a stop block to your saw or stack boards for a single cut. Print out the Dog Bed Paw Pattern Cutout, fold where shown, and use it to trace the pattern on the bed front. Adjust the position as you like, but no closer than 1 inch from either end.
We designed this bed with an inside area of 24-15/16-in x 15-1/2-in. To resize this bed for a different cushion, adjust the part lengths accordingly. You may also need to increase the number of slats.
Clamp the front (A) to a work surface with the pattern area hanging over one edge and use a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade to cut out the paw shapes. Sand the cut edges smooth and sand both faces of the front, back, and sides (but not the ends and edges).
On a flat work surface, glue and clamp the front (A) and back (C) to the sides (B). Check that all four corners are square.
Glue and clamp the supports (D) flush with the bottom edges of the sides. Drill countersunk 7/64-inch pilot holes from the inside and use 2-inch wood screws to fasten the supports in place.
Measure the inside length of the bed between the sides and cut the four slats (E) 1/16 inch shorter than that length. At 3/4 inch from both ends of a slat, drill two countersunk pilot holes 1 inch from the edges. Repeat for the other three slats, using the first one as a guide.
Screw the first slat (E) to the supports with one edge against the back (C) using countersunk 1-1/4-in screws. Repeat for the opposite slat with one edge against the front (A).
Space the remaining two slats evenly apart (about 1/2 inch) and screw them to the supports.
Sand the outside of the frame and edges and soften any sharp edges and corners. Cover the slat screws with wood putty and sand smooth. Wipe clean and apply two coats of paint (shown in Valspar Signature Mountain Botanical). You can also add decorations, such as your dog's name (shown in Ultra White).
Let the final coat to dry overnight and insert a pillow or cushion as bedding.