UPS Dog Mailer Crate out of Lodgepole Pine

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Project by Richard posted 07-03-2011 10:38 PM 2536 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trying to mail my dog cross country and I couldn’t believe the cost of crates, so I decided to build my own out of pine. I made little food and water compartments where Marley can have access to while she is shipped I just need to find a way so the food and water doesn’t spill during the mailing process. The top of the crate has lots of room for postage stamps and straps to secure Marley for her two week journey and right now I am tryng to decide if 3/8 or 1/2 inch air holes would be be adequate.

Riiiiight…..A Chest which is being donated to our Humane Society fundraiser. It is made out of Beetle Killed Lodgepole Pine from Idaho.

People like handcrafted items at fundraisers, so I encourage all you woodworkers to donate to your favorite charity fundraiser. Gives you a great excuse to buy that new powertool that you have been eyeing.

Size is 24L 20W 18H

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 07-03-2011 10:53 PM

Nice chest. I must say you had me worried there for a minute.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 10:57 PM

I’m glad you were kidding, because I was about to ask you what the diameter of the air molecules were in your area… or Oh, you give your dog the licorice bison treats, too !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 07-04-2011 12:06 AM

I was thinking one of those big, padded envelopes would be a lot easier. :-)

Really nice chest, though. Marley seems to think so too.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-04-2011 02:43 AM

I’d go no larger than 1/4”, lest you create weak points in the crate’s structure. Also, have you considered putting them on the bottom only? It’s much more aestetically pleasing. ;)

Nice donation, and nice dog. He looks like one of the happiest dogs I’ve seen in ages. :)

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#5 posted 07-04-2011 03:23 AM

Nice work and oh, I was another “gotcha”-real good.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 07-04-2011 03:34 AM

That’s Logistics. If it fits, it ships.

or maybe Dogistics.

Good for you, nice job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 04:02 AM

I get slapped when I say this to girls, but—nice chest!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 04:28 AM

That’s one fine dog ya got there mister.

And oh yes, she’s occupying a nice box too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 07-04-2011 04:36 AM

Anything larger than 1/4” and the dog will be able to start chewing on the sides I think. Have tried a really large hamster water bottle?

Nice box.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#10 posted 07-04-2011 07:39 AM

I was all ready to book a flight to Boise to kick your butt. Got me….good one. Nice build, thanks for sharing….I think.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 07-04-2011 12:49 PM

If your gonna ship that pup, don’t forget a reading light. She’s gonna need something to do while traveling. And if you’re gonna put air hole in, one of them ought to be a treat hole so people can feed her along the way!

Nice wood Beautifu job!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#12 posted 07-04-2011 01:55 PM

May need to think of an additional hole somewhere around her back side also!

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#13 posted 07-04-2011 02:13 PM

I’ve got a huge grin across my face. The cause is admirable. The work is fantastic.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 07-04-2011 08:48 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I like using lodgepole pine, I hike in large areas of it and I am amazed on how large areas of these trees are dead or dying or simply blown down in large swaths. What I really like are the older trees with wide trunks that one can get some decent lumber from. And the wild streaks of blue are a bonus in the lumber.

Yes another project to be donated for a silent auction. I usually throw chocolates in the bins and a bottle of wine in the tray to entice the bidders.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#15 posted 07-04-2011 10:10 PM

“He can’t be serious!!” Had me going good. Nice crate and great cause. With wine and chocolates for enticement, sounds like everybody comes out a winner.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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