Dog Steps

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Project by sansoo22 posted 08-18-2020 12:57 AM 692 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a quick weekend project I tossed together for my boxer Mack. He turned 12 in February and had his yearly checkup last Thursday. They found arthritis in his hips and since he insists on sneaking into the bed at night I figured it best if he had some steps. The only things I needed to pick up for this project were the rug for the stair treads, the corner trim, and some stain. Everything else was scraps I had on hand.

I made a frame out of a 2×6 that had been in my shop for months. I milled that down to 1-3/8” square stock for the frame. The sides are sheathed in 1/2” birch and the treads are 3/4” ply of some variety.

The finish is a 2 part stain with an undercoat in ebony and a top coat in espresso. On top of that are 2 coats of wipe on satin poly and then MinWax special dark to finish it off.

I don’t own a jointer and I don’t like planer sleds so I used a #8 and a #6 to help with milling the 2×6 before it went thru the lunch box and final dimensioning on the table saw.

And the last pic is Mack being an idiot on the living room floor because that’s what he does.

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#1 posted 08-18-2020 12:59 AM

Those are really great.

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#2 posted 08-18-2020 01:37 AM

bless you for taking care of your four legged family. Good looking steps.

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#3 posted 08-18-2020 08:31 AM

Nice project, Sansoo. But you know, if the dog sleeps in your bed, then your are not the pack leader:))

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#4 posted 08-18-2020 03:55 PM

nice projects for those that need a little help.i know a guy that has 5 basset hounds and they all sleep in bed with he and his wife.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-18-2020 04:25 PM

Great way to show your best friend you still love him!

Mack is just waiting for a tummy rub 8^)

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#6 posted 08-18-2020 05:04 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone.

And for the record we don’t technically let Mack sleep in the bed. He just ends up there sometime in the night. He’s like a fat ninja. He weighs 90 lbs and yet somehow sneaks into bed without waking anyone. He’s been doing that since he was old enough to be left out of his crate over night.

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