|Project by MarkWilk||posted 10-15-2008 01:50 AM||6456 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been looking for a new furniture project for a few weeks, and always need stuff for the dogs, so when the newest issue of Workbench offered general plans for a platform bed, I figured that I could scale it down for my Black Labrador’s 8th Birthday.
I used particle board for the platform elements, and poplar for the wood accents and rail caps. An exterior all purpose latex paint in Espresso covers the particle board, then three coats of Yellow Oak stain on the poplar. Finally, two coats of satin poly knocked down with 220 grit SP between coats covers everything.
The matress is my first time working with foam core, and I’ll need more practice. All in all, a functional piece of furniture for the dogs that’s a lot more stylish than a bunch of towels or blankets thrown on the floor.
And, Madison, our Black Lab, seems to like it, so it goes in the “win” column for now.
-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/