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Cat or Small Pet Bed

  • June 30, 2016

H2OBungalow
H2OBungalow
H2OBungalow
H2OBungalow

Soup Can Sam is an old fellow. He's slow to move, sleeps all the time and wakes me at 5am every morning ready for breakfast. I'm hoping that his new memory foam pillow and the cat bed I built for him keeps him happy and slumbering longer. Even if his new cat bed doesn't help him sleep longer, I know it will look good in our home. With beadboard sides and a distressed finish this bed will look great in a coastal, farmhouse or casual setting.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      CUT LIST: 1 – 17” x 22” plywood bottom panel 2 – 21 1/8” x 4 ¾” plywood sides 2 – 15 15/16” x 4 ¾” plywood ends 2 – 21 1/8” x 4 ¾” wainscot sides 4 – 21 1/8” pieces outside corner trim for sides 4 – 15 15/16” pieces outside corner trim for ends 2 – 15 15/16” x 4 ¾” wainscot ends

    2. Step: 2

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      Set a Kreg Jig to ½” setting, drill two pocket holes one at each end of the unsanded , rough side of each plywood side pieces. Next, drill three pocket holes on each side end of the plywood base also on the unsanded side. One at each side and one in the middle.

    3. Step: 3

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      With the pocket holes facing outward, Line up the side piece flush to the inside corner of the end piece. Attach with pocket screws.

    4. Step: 4

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      Attach the rest of the side pieces to build a rectangle. Pocket holes will be on the outside of the box frame.

    5. Step: 5

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      Flip the box frame over and insert the bottom panel with the pocket holes up (the bottom of the cat bed). If needed sand any high spots down to help fit it in. Tap in with a mallet if needed, the fit will be snug. Attach with pocket screws.

    6. Step: 6

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      Glue a wainscot panel on a side, place a corner trim over the top and bottom edge and secure with brad nail. Do the same for all sides.

    7. Step: 7

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      Attach feet to cat bed. I cut a large bed spindle into 4 pieces to use for the feet on this project. If you make your own feet, drill pilot and countersink holes in the floor of the cat bed and drill a pilot hole in each wood feet.

    8. Step: 8

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      Caulk all the seams, use wood filler on brad nail holes, paint and seal.

    9. Step: 9

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      Fill with a 17" x 22" foam pet bed.

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Cat or Small Pet Bed

by H2OBungalow
Jun 30, 2016
Medium 61df8f0a f0a7 4a68 b4a8 1286b30d732e

Soup Can Sam is an old fellow. He's slow to move, sleeps all the time and wakes me at 5am every morning ready for breakfast. I'm hoping that his new memory foam pillow and the cat bed I built for him keeps him happy and slumbering longer. Even if his new cat bed doesn't help him sleep longer, I know it will look good in our home. With beadboard sides and a distressed finish this bed will look great in a coastal, farmhouse or casual setting.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge fd6e5ec9 856f 41bc a9d5 21cb923962e5

    CUT LIST: 1 – 17” x 22” plywood bottom panel 2 – 21 1/8” x 4 ¾” plywood sides 2 – 15 15/16” x 4 ¾” plywood ends 2 – 21 1/8” x 4 ¾” wainscot sides 4 – 21 1/8” pieces outside corner trim for sides 4 – 15 15/16” pieces outside corner trim for ends 2 – 15 15/16” x 4 ¾” wainscot ends

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 36ee70ba 3dd0 47b5 b756 67c587d3fa51

    Set a Kreg Jig to ½” setting, drill two pocket holes one at each end of the unsanded , rough side of each plywood side pieces. Next, drill three pocket holes on each side end of the plywood base also on the unsanded side. One at each side and one in the middle.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 471f6697 7eb5 4fee b44d be2a32838f89

    With the pocket holes facing outward, Line up the side piece flush to the inside corner of the end piece. Attach with pocket screws.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f709379c ec4c 48bd a98c bbf513755654

    Attach the rest of the side pieces to build a rectangle. Pocket holes will be on the outside of the box frame.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge eb37f0ca 577f 4194 b026 0b04c5343863

    Flip the box frame over and insert the bottom panel with the pocket holes up (the bottom of the cat bed). If needed sand any high spots down to help fit it in. Tap in with a mallet if needed, the fit will be snug. Attach with pocket screws.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge ea0f7617 736d 4055 987f 87a833f36f76

    Glue a wainscot panel on a side, place a corner trim over the top and bottom edge and secure with brad nail. Do the same for all sides.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 5b8dec2e e291 4f7a a5be 6d27b8c3f76f

    Attach feet to cat bed. I cut a large bed spindle into 4 pieces to use for the feet on this project. If you make your own feet, drill pilot and countersink holes in the floor of the cat bed and drill a pilot hole in each wood feet.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge f6564583 35fc 466b bdd9 d609dc4fe6d1

    Caulk all the seams, use wood filler on brad nail holes, paint and seal.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge b7a21687 7814 43d7 a78b ff92b7e70f7c

    Fill with a 17" x 22" foam pet bed.