Cat or Small Pet Bed

By H2OBungalow

SKILL
intermediate

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.

Tools

  • Impact Driver
  • Table Saw
  • Corner Cat Sander
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill

Accessories

  • 25 PC. ROUND SHANK BLACK OXIDE DRILL BIT SET
  • 40PC Impact Rated Driving Kit
  • 9 PC. 5-1/2" CORNER CAT SANDER SAND PAPER

Materials

  • (4) 6-1/2" Outside Corner Decorative Molding Trim Pieces
  • 1" Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/2" - 2' x 4' Sanded Plywood
  • 1-3/16" - 32' x 48' Wainscot or Beadboard Panel
  • 13 Feet: 1-1/8" x 1-1/8" Pine Outside Corner Molding
  • 3/4" Brad Nails
  • Bun Feet or Other Furniture Feet
  • Paint
  • Painter's Caulk
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Screws 1-1/2"

Steps

Step 1

CUT LIST: 1 – 17” x 22” bottom panel 2 – 21 1/8” x 4 ¾” sides 2 – 15 15/16” x 4 ¾” 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

Tools

Miter Saw, Table Saw

Materials

1 - 1/2" -2' x 4' Sanded Plywood, 1 - 3/16" - 32' x 48' Wainscot or Beadboard Panel, (4) 6-1/2" Outside Corner Decorative Molding Trim Pieces
STEP 1

Step 2

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

Tools

Drill, Drill Bits

Materials

Pocket Hole Jig
Step 2

Step 3

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

Tools

Drill

Materials

1" Pocket Screws
Step 3

Step 4

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

Tools

Drill

Materials

1" Pocket Screws
Step 4

Step 5

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.

Tools

Drill

Materials

1" Pocket Screws
Step 5

Step 6

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.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

3/4" Brad Nails
Step 6

Step 7

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.

Tools

Drill

Materials

Bun Feet or Other Furniture Feet
Step 7

Step 8

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

Materials

Painter's Caulk
Step 8

Step 9

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

Step 9