Pet Ramp

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Project by Olaf Gradin posted 08-22-2008 06:21 PM 3068 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 08-22-2008 06:36 PM

Very nice. Nice dog, those Jack-Russells sure are neat dogs. Ours is a little to smart for her own good most of the time.

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#2 posted 08-22-2008 06:36 PM

Great idea! She certainly looks as if she enjoys it.

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#3 posted 08-22-2008 08:02 PM

What a perfectly wonderful thing to do.

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#4 posted 08-22-2008 08:37 PM

oh this is wonderful.
A very special gift for a very special family member :)

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 11:07 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 02-27-2010 12:38 AM

stairway to heaven for pets… what will be next? lol

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 01:55 AM

Looks real nice. What is the height and angle of the ramp. I have a Corgi that I would like to make a ramp for. Trying to keep him from Jumping off the bed.

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