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Project Information

Wood And Materials Used
Salvage pallet lumber, recycled plywood panelling
Tools Used
Tailed planer,
Location
K2E 6K2
I built this dog bed to help me with my recovery from a TBI. As such, as long as the outcome was somewhat close to the original intent, I would be happy with the results. The Chief Inspector and I are both happy with the results.



I knew that I was going to be using my plough plane and making some bridle joints, so a uniform thickness was going to make my life a lot easier. So I dragged out the tailed planer and skip-planed the boards to a somewhat uniform thickness. Perfection was not the goal, and the goal was achieved.



A little planing smoothed the edges and gave me a uniform width to work with.



I had to add some more dog holes to my bench to use my holdfasts for ploughing some grooves.



The above picture shows the groove at the bottom of the rim boards. The picture below shows how the bottom panel fits with it. Doing things this way meant only one bit and one set-up, so the odds of me introducing errors were greatly reduced.



I used the edge of my bench to align the parts and scribed my cutlines. I marked the waste VERY clearly with a Sharpie so that I would always know which side of a cut line was waste and which wasn't.



Crosscut the shoulders of the tenons to depth.



Set the router plane to depth.



Remove the wast and trim to depth.



Cut, fettle and fiddle to get the fit right.



Cut and trim some wood panelling that was removed from our basement. :D



And now we have a panel. Slip the rim boards into and over the grooves of the panle, and start marking for length and the dovetails. Have you noticed that no rulers or number-incremented devices have been used so far? Woodworking without them seems just so much more restful and pleasant.



Somewhere between here and assembly, I opted to use a rebate plane to remove half the tongues from the bottom panel so that It would sit recessed rather than proud. IIRC, that was counter some minor twist in the bottom panel.

The edges were rounded over using a #4 and a mill file.



The Chief Inspector was introduced to the bed before I gave it some shellac and sent it to the Boss for finishing.



After the Boss did her magic, we added a bed made from some recycled heavy drapes, and the Boss and the Chief Inspector are both happier.

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Looks like a great team project with a happy and comfortable pup!!
 

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Very nice, Kent! Looks like the Chief Inspector is happy with the results.
 

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Lemme guess, Bella is the boss and demanded you make this project?

Seems like you bent to her will and succeeded!, no sleeping in the dog house tonight :)
 

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Nicely done, and the cute pup looks happy. Well done.
 

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Great documentation of your project. Awesome looking pooch! Happy client.
 

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Give Bella a scratch and a pet from all of us. She looks very content with her new bed.
 
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