Custom dog bed

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Project by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 02-01-2011 11:24 PM 6835 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was requested by a former craft show customer of mine. She seen some of my other dog beds and wanted her own custom one with her dogs name on the headboard.
Made from cedar 4×4 and 3/4 stock this is just a simple mortis and tenon costuction with a 1/4 inch plywood bottom for support of the pillow. Trick is to buy the pillow before the build and just make it to fit. These sell for about 125 bucks and they go like hotcakes. If you wanted to simplify the build you could use pocket screw jointery and just cover the holes with plugs.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 01:07 AM

That dog had better love and use that nice bed!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 02:41 AM

AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 08:59 AM

very nice, what was the overall size of the bed. Do you ever worry about the 1/4” bottom?

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 06:43 PM

Wow! That’s an awesome bed! Great work!

-- Michelle

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 07:58 PM

Great project, Being a dog owner its amazing what will do for our pets. I love my Lab to death.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 09:46 PM

That is nice dog bed RockinH, if you ever displayed those at shows then I’ll just bet you have heard this one before “Oh how cute, but my dog will never sleep in it” :) I used to show a few dog beds at a show a couple of years ago, I had to sell them for more around 200.00 plus cause of all the work involved in the mortise and tenon joints. Another thing I learned at the shows by observation and it might be an idea for you, is that I had more lil kids jumping in those beds, laying down and not wanting to get up when their mama told them to. :) I noticed that the width of the dog beds that fit the large 30×40 pillows would accommadate the width of a standard crib mattress which is 28×52, so by simply extending the length of the side rails to fit the 52” length I could easily make a toddler size bed, and I dunno it might be an idea, then maybe offer custom names in the headboard.. Anyway nice project and thanx for posting…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 07:41 PM

Outstanding. As a dog owner and a frustrated furniture maker, I find building dog sized furniture is doubly rewarding. I get the satisfaction of finishing a real furniture project that doesn’t take too long, and my dogs get some cool places to crash.

Really great job.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 08:34 PM

Nice Design, I saw your project posted as I was starting mine.

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 07:16 PM

This is absolutely awesome. Can’t wait to build one for my new pooch (as soon as he’s allowed out of the crate at night, which should be any week now!).

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 07:33 PM

They were a big hit with people. I think I made a total of 15 at 125 bucks a piece. Under priced but sometimes it isn’t all about the money. people will do anything for their pets. I know I do what I can when I can. Thanks for posting and good luck on yours. I found after making several that pocket screw joints are easier than the M&T joints I used before, but nothing beats the strength and beauty of good jointery.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#11 posted 12-09-2011 02:56 AM

Wow! What a great bed for a pup! Luck Dog! Nice work !

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 12-12-2011 11:46 PM

Thanks Woodshaver, I appreciate it! My dogs are lucky however, they would probably like their own bed since all three share the one I made for them. This particular one is a custom order for a customer. However, I was told that they both love it.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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