Dog Bench

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Project by kshipp posted 07-09-2008 05:58 PM 4640 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench that I made for our dog. It gives him a place to sleep and also allows him to look out the window. My wife is making a proper pad for the top of it.

It is made of solid oak for the frame and oak plywood for the rest. I used the Kreg jig exclusively for joinery and loved it.

The finish is two coats of Minwax gel stain with a brush-on lacquer from Minwax. I really liked working with the gel stain. I had a hard time getting the lacquer to lay down smooth but it was also my first time using it.

Check out more about this project on my blog.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 07-09-2008 06:06 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-09-2008 06:38 PM

Very nice bench , And it looks like he is going to enjoy it . Very nice build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 07-09-2008 07:05 PM

Hey Kyle,

If it’s good enough for Rover, It’s good enough for me! Got to get one of those Kreg thingies. Which “Kit” do you own?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#4 posted 07-09-2008 07:17 PM

Nice bench! The puppy looks like he loves it! ya, gotta love those pocket screws. As far as the brushing lacquer is concerned, I only use Deft. The key to getting it to lay down smooth is to thin it out a little so it flows better, keep your brush loaded and (this is critical) not to over brush it. Nice work.


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#5 posted 07-09-2008 07:20 PM

Very nice work. Do you need to put a bowl on the floor to catch the drool? :-)

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

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 03:52 AM

Looks like one happy dawg. Good job.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 04:56 AM

Nice job and a good lookin’ dog … I absolutely LOVE boxers! Have one myself … his name is Rocky

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 05:01 AM

Looks like a happy customer. Great looking project and dog.

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#9 posted 07-10-2008 05:20 AM

Great job… looks like your buddy thinks so too!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 07-14-2008 10:55 PM

I love the pocket screw kits from Kreg. They make great joints, super strong and reliable. You did a great job. I’ve got a bit window that is crying out for a bench like yours for the dogs.

Boxer looks very happy!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#11 posted 07-14-2008 11:14 PM

that dog isn’t spoilt is he?

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#12 posted 01-21-2009 02:11 PM

Very nice project, and a great looking dog too!

-- Larry, North Carolina,

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#13 posted 07-31-2009 05:26 AM

Nice chest ….. lucky dog.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 09:51 PM

Saw this while looking for bench idea’s. I can’t belive no one has made at least one bench dog pun, ok here it goes… I tried to use those kinds of bench dogs, but they left too many teeth markes in my work…yuk yuk yuk.

Anyway great idea making it window height.

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