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Project by mstenner posted 05-26-2010 08:25 PM 1521 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bed for the dogs a couple of years ago to keep them off the human couch. It’s at window height, so they actually prefer to lay there. The accompanying stool (step) didn’t work out because dogs don’t understand how to use tippy steps. It makes a nice low bench to use for putting on shoes. They have a flat-topped chest now (not shown).

The wood is recycled pine and fir. There’s actually a 2×4 and OSB frame/platform on the inside. The side-panels and legs are carriage-bolted to the frame. The corner brackets are cut and bent from aluminum sheet (it’s what I had handy). If I were to do it again, I’d probably make the legs a bit thicker; they’re structurally fine, but look a bit spindly.

After two years, it has held up well, and the dogs still like it. The top edges get pretty worn from excited dogs, but that damage is the kind of thing you touch fondly many years later.

-- -Michael





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-26-2010 08:28 PM

Wow deluxe is right,they look like a couple of happy kids.

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Diggerjacks

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#2 posted 05-26-2010 08:38 PM

Yeah the dogs looks happy

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michelletwo

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#3 posted 05-26-2010 08:42 PM

grand job..I have 4 who would like to commission you to make a huge one!!! HAHA Mine let me sit on the couch because it makes me happy!!!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#4 posted 05-26-2010 08:42 PM

Wow!! Do You have some happy dogs, or what? Now, You are going to cover Them up at night, and give them a treat? Pretty good, Our beds don’t have a frame, Our husky likes to chew in boredom, We get up and check them out. Good Job!

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Chase

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 08:50 PM

the term “pampered pooches” comes to mind.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 10:05 PM

Great idea. My lab would be jealous.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Gale

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#7 posted 05-26-2010 10:14 PM

This is a great idea. Did it help keep them off the couch?

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mstenner

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 12:00 AM

Oh man, you think I pamper the pups? You should see what happens when my wife sits down for dinner or comes within 10 feet of the treat bowl.

For the dog lovers out there, yes, this actually worked pretty well at keeping the dogs off the human couch. The important things are:
  • put it in a good location (ideally in front of the best window in the house)
  • make it comfy (mine has a core of foam and old pillows)
  • keep it clean (core is wrapped in an old shower curtain and taped, which holds the shape and limits the badness of messes… then wrapped and safety-pinned with a rug or tough blanket… easy to wash or swap out)
  • train the dog(s) (I get scary when I find them in a bad place)

Basically, dogs choose where to hang out based on comfort, view, and proximity to their humans. If you make an alternative that’s truly attractive, it takes very little training.

Thanks for the feedback, all. I have a love/hate relationship with this project. My skills were not-so-good back then, but the uniqueness and personal touch add a lot of appeal.

-- -Michael

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Knothead62

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 01:20 AM

That is very nice! Nothing like leading a dog’s life. Our dog has claimed squatter’s rights on either the recliner in the LR or the Queen Anne chair in the spare room.

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Richard

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#10 posted 05-27-2010 01:33 AM

I got to be quite honest, I am not impressed….What do I tell my dog when she finds your project on lumberpups?

She won’t be happy with her discount dog bed laying out in the shop. And I am not going to move her bed to my work bench so she will be up high like your dogs’ bed. Besides my workbench is cluttered up enough as is. No, this will simply not do, unless you decide to send me an exact replica for Marley

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 01:39 AM

I’m curious what the flat-topped chest looks like. I just got done building one like that myself and will post it here as soon as my wife decides how to finish the top.

Those colors are gorgeous, by the way. Nicely chosen.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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Monty Queen

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 03:35 AM

Wow awesome job.

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Mary Anne

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#13 posted 05-27-2010 02:13 PM

Sweet! They deserve the best and you gave it to them.
Nice job.

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#14 posted 06-04-2010 05:10 PM

Great job. My wife is pushing me to do another bed for one of our big dogs so that he has more space for sleeping. I like your design, so I may borrow from it.

Way to go.

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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