|Project by Olaf Gradin||posted 08-22-2008 06:21 PM||2567 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
We have an aging Jack-Russell Terrier that was showing signs of difficulty on her pet stairs. As an alternative, I decided to build a ramp for her to climb up onto the bed with. The concept was simple enough, though I wanted to incorporate some elegance into it – as well as lighten the weight of plywood construction. As a result, I spent an afternoon cutting up Baltic Birch plywood and carpet scraps to make a sturdy pet ramp!
Each pair of (side) legs are built from one continuous cut. The left and right side are connected via three mortise and tenon stretchers – placed with some strategy as to the expected use of the ramp. It supports my weight, so I think a 12lb. dog will be safe! I also ran small strips across the surface of the ramp on which to staple the carpet. This sufficiently provides the dog enough grip to get up and down with minimal back strain.
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