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A chihuahua deck and stair case

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Project by ever4ward posted 69 days ago 980 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a complicated projected for me and a great opportunity to expand my skill set. The only location for the pet door on an exterior wall was nearly 4’ above grade. I have never laid out or cut stair stringers before so that was a big challenge. We live in New Hampshire and this past winter several neighbors had frost heaves under stair landings that made stairs and doors unusable. So my challenge was to cantilever the entire stair unit from the foundation so it would be a few inches off the ground AND not penetrate the vinyl siding with the exception of the pet door.

I built and assembled the entire structure on the driveway to insure it was a structurally stable unit then installed it in sections about 3 inches off the ground. We will spread yard lime on the dirt and cover with 3 inches of mulch to help with odors. The dogs didn’t quite know what to make of 4” stair risers at first but after a couple of days they all go up and down with no problem. My proudest moment was when my neighbor asked me what I was building and I showed him the plans. He noted that my plans indicated the unit would be 45 1/4” from bottom of stairs to top of deck and we pulled a tape and it was dead on! I think it is an attractive solution to the problem of allowing 3 chihuahua dogs easy access to the outdoors in an area of tightly spaced homes. At least 6 houses have a view of my backyard so I didn’t want an ugly or badly proportioned stair.

I used a circle saw for most of the cuts but each cut was then hand planed on a shooting board to insure accurate joints. I hand cut and chiseled the stair stringers. I assembled it with screws and attached it to the foundation with concrete screws.

-- can you make anything from those shavings?





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ikillbugs

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#1 posted 69 days ago

Love it! Thanks for posting it!

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muesli

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#2 posted 69 days ago

A great and very attractive solution for these little dogs! Really cool! Your dogs must be loving you. Only a question of time, and you will see copies in your neighbourhood.

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 68 days ago

Pretty Neat, I see room for a deck later on also….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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freddy1962

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#4 posted 68 days ago

LOL, nice. As my Mom would say “that dog is spoiled rotten”

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 68 days ago

Great project for your happy little dogie! Nice work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Nickdarr

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#6 posted 68 days ago

That is awesome.

-- Darren

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love2cad

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#7 posted 68 days ago

Very well done! Great work.

-- Bobby

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Knothead62

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#8 posted 68 days ago

Lots of labor and love in that project. We’ve told our two Chihuahuas- don’t anticipate one anytime in the future.

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rfa6

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#9 posted 68 days ago

Will you come over to my house and build one of these for me?

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ever4ward

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#10 posted 68 days ago


Not until he finishes the heated dog house he promised me rfa6!

-- can you make anything from those shavings?

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 67 days ago

What’s that old saying about necessity and the mother of invention? Yeah, you nailed it.

And it looks like your little guys approve!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 67 days ago

That’s a nice project and it sure looks like it made them happy.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Surfside

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#13 posted 66 days ago

Sweet! Very functional. Definitely a great construction.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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