Doggie Stairs

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Project by yokel posted 03-27-2009 09:45 AM 3878 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these stairs for my mom whom recently got a new brussels grifon puppy. The carcase & internal compartments are 1/2” red oak ply with edge banding on the exposed surfaces. The treads & trim are solid red oak. The joinery is mostly biscuits with a few pocket hole screws where not visible. The top & bottom stairs are hinged/cleated to allow for storage space for all her little toys & treats. The bottom has a through door for a indoor dog house if you will(& you will!). That’s where i made a bit of a flub. I made mouldings that wrap around the 1/2” ply & decided to miter them. Unfortunately i realized half-way through that you can’t get the last piece in if you miter them. So if you look closely you can see i cut the last piece in half leaving a small gap where i wedged in a piece of molding to fill the gap. If i were to do it again i’d probably just but them or make it a design element & use a contrasting wood to show of the flub. I finished with a minwax natural stain 3 coats of polyurethane. Right now i’ve got the carpet just taped down with double sided carpet tape. This keeps the carpet in place okay but the edges tend to curl up. If anyone’s got a better idea on how affix the carpet, please do tell.

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 10:03 AM

Cute dog. I have two English Springer Spaniels. They can jump up on our bed, but may need this when they get older. Great design with the dog house and storage.



-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 03:07 PM

I like this project. The idea of a lidded top and a doggie house at the bottom was brilliant. I’m thinking of get a small dog myself and would have to do something like this so you’ve inspried me.

As for the carpet – double sided tape is ok – but messy if you want to pull it up later. I was use small carpet nails. The heads will be hidden in the pile of the carpet – but will hold the edges down tight. The holes are small enough that they can be filled and hidden if you ever take the carpet up and don’t replace it.

I have a friend with a Brussels Griffon and he’s one of the best dogs around. Cute, fun to play with, very loyal and trainable. She’ll love having it with her.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 03:09 PM

Nice project Yokel.

To fix the carpet, could you rout out a section of the tread so that the carpet is a little more flush with the top of the tread, then use carpet tape or nails?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 04:13 PM

This is a great project Yokel. I have quite a few dogs and as they are getting older it’s harder to jump up and down off of the bed. I like your design, great use of space.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 04:56 PM

Hey Yokel. Good job creative design.


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#6 posted 03-27-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks for all the ideas & feedback guys. Cory, i really like the idea of recessing the carpet. Think i’ll give that a try in combo with some carpet nails. Right now i’ve just got the pine resin based carpet tape on there(not the heavy duty stuff), so it’ll come off real easy.

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#7 posted 03-28-2009 05:49 AM

I love it, great work. Very cleaver and useful. Our little dogs would love that.

-- “I'm thinking about it, ... I'm thinking it's the best way to piss [the French] off.” -Lance Armstrong

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#8 posted 03-31-2009 02:48 PM

Really outstanding work. I have some older pups that might enjoy some assistance getting up on the bed, so your project inspired me. Great work with the extra storage, too!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 06:18 PM

My friend has a ChiChi that this will be perfect for…thank you for posting this with the measurements and drawing : ) Have a great day !

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