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Welping Box

  • October 30, 2018

Sawdust&Beer
Sawdust&Beer
Sawdust&Beer
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I had someone reach out to me on FaceBook and ask if I could make them a Welping box (place for a dog to have puppies). After talking to them for awhile I agreed and got to work. Having puppies is messy, and I knew that the material would need to be easy to clean and disinfect. I opted to go with Melamine, something that I have never used before. I knew it could chip out easily and is relatively weak being its particle board.Anyways, I brought the sheet home and cut 4 x 4'*18" strips on my table saw using a high tooth count, slow feed and had minimal chipping. From there I used my router table and put a half lap (rabbit) joint on the front and back pieces. This is so glue would adhere better (particle board to particle board). I then cut a doorway out using my jig saw, and spiral cutter. The most time consuming and tricky part was putting on the edge banding. Our clothing iron couldn't get into the curves of the door, so I used a socket, heated it up with a torch and used it to roll the curves. Once this was done it was onto assembly.

I used 2x2's in the corners, in addition to glue, to suck in and reinforce the box. I opted to use some scrap 3/4" ply on the top corners to really strengthen it, and they can double as a place to sit while playing with cute puppies! I cut additional 2x2's for the pig rail (so momma dog wont roll onto her babies). The rail is made from 2x2's that I rounded over on my router table, they're more like a square dowel now. For the bottom I used 1/4" melamine and sub-flooring adhesive (had a tube laying around) with some small nails. Once that dried I used white caulk to seal up the interior bottom edges.Overall it was a quick project that was more about function than aesthetics. Time for a beer while I clean the garage for the next project!

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  • Sounds like you put a lot of thought and planning into this one! Fantastic work. Love how you included a place to sit while playing with the puppies, that will definitely come in handy! 
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 31, 2018

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Welping Box

by Sawdust&Beer
Oct 30, 2018
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I had someone reach out to me on FaceBook and ask if I could make them a Welping box (place for a dog to have puppies). After talking to them for awhile I agreed and got to work. Having puppies is messy, and I knew that the material would need to be easy to clean and disinfect. I opted to go with Melamine, something that I have never used before. I knew it could chip out easily and is relatively weak being its particle board.Anyways, I brought the sheet home and cut 4 x 4'*18" strips on my table saw using a high tooth count, slow feed and had minimal chipping. From there I used my router table and put a half lap (rabbit) joint on the front and back pieces. This is so glue would adhere better (particle board to particle board). I then cut a doorway out using my jig saw, and spiral cutter. The most time consuming and tricky part was putting on the edge banding. Our clothing iron couldn't get into the curves of the door, so I used a socket, heated it up with a torch and used it to roll the curves. Once this was done it was onto assembly. I used 2x2's in the corners, in addition to glue, to suck in and reinforce the box. I opted to use some scrap 3/4" ply on the top corners to really strengthen it, and they can double as a place to sit while playing with cute puppies! I cut additional 2x2's for the pig rail (so momma dog wont roll onto her babies). The rail is made from 2x2's that I rounded over on my router table, they're more like a square dowel now. For the bottom I used 1/4" melamine and sub-flooring adhesive (had a tube laying around) with some small nails. Once that dried I used white caulk to seal up the interior bottom edges.Overall it was a quick project that was more about function than aesthetics. Time for a beer while I clean the garage for the next project!