It’s a Dog’s Life Side Table

It’s a Dog’s Life Side Table

Learn how to modify a side table into a small doghouse for your furry friend.


5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Jigsaw

Materials
Wood side table 19” x 21” x 18”
(16) 1” x 2” x 19” lumber (sides)
(17) 1” x 3/4” x 19” lumber (sides)
(6) 1” x 2” x 23” lumber (front/back)
(27) 1” x 3/4” x 23” lumber (front/back)
(2) 1” x 1 1/2” x 18” lumber (supports)
Dog leash
14” x 16” dog bed cushion
2” wall ring bracket
Small nameplate
1” finishing nail
(4) 1” wood screws
Wood glue
Hammer
Nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” brad nails
Drill with a 1/4” bit and Phillips head bit
Sandpaper block with medium grit
Safety glasses
Tape measure
Ruler
Letter-size paper
Pencil
Scissors

Directions

ADDING LUMBER TO MAKE A 19” SIDE PANEL:

  1. Put on safety glasses. Apply a small line of wood glue along each end of the long 3/4” side of 1” x 3/4” x 19” lumber. Press the lumber onto the 19” side of the wood table, flush with the overhang tabletop and the side of the legs. Secure to the table using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” brad nails on each end (See images below)

  1. Repeat Step 1 with a 1” x 2” x 19” lumber secured to the table directly below the piece from Step 1. Continue alternating 1” x 2” x 19” and 1” x ¾” x 19” lumber all the way down to the bottom of the table (See images below)

ADDING LUMBER TO MAKE A 23” FRONT PANEL:

  1. Repeat Steps 1-2 using 1” x 3/4” x 23” lumber and 1” x 2” x 23” lumber on the 21” side of the table. There will be a 1” overhang of wood on one side. The opposite side will be flush with the edge of the lumber from Steps 1-2 (See images below)

ADDING TWO LUMBER SUPPORTS:

  1. Two vertical lumber supports will be added to the inside of the 23” front panel to provide support for the surrounding lumber once a dog door is cut out in later steps. Turn the table around so you can see the inside of the 23” front panel. Use a tape measure and mark 3” in from the inside edge of each table leg and mark with a pencil. Hold a 1” x 1 1/2” x 18” lumber vertically over the pencil mark. Secure in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” brad nails. Add a brad nail through every horizontal lumber. Repeat for adding a second vertical lumber support (See images below)

  1. Once the lumber supports are in place, repeat Steps 1-3 for adding lumber to the two remaining sides of the table. Make sure to mark on the outside with a pencil which side is the front and has the inner lumber supports. They will be hidden once the remaining 2 sides are added. (See image below)
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ADDING A DOGGIE DOOR:

  1. To make a template for the dog door, fold a piece of letter-size paper in half along its length. Use a ruler to measure 4” out from the fold and mark with a pencil. This will be half the width of the door. Measure 10” along the fold and mark with a pencil. This will be the full height of the door. Sketch half a door onto the paper in a style that you like, starting at the 4” mark and connecting to the 10” mark. Keeping the paper folded in half, cut out your door shape with scissors. Open up the paper to see the whole door (See image below)

  1. Place the table on its side with the front panel facing upwards. This is the side that has the vertical lumber supports on the inside. Center the door template on the front side of the table using a tape measure for placement. Measure 5” up from the bottom of the table and mark with a pencil. This will be the bottom of the door goes. Trace around the door template with a pencil (see images below)

  1. Using a drill with a 1/4” bit, drill a pilot hole through the bottom left corner and the bottom right corner of the door. These holes will allow the jigsaw blade to fit in the next step (See image below)

  1. Put on safety glasses. Place the jigsaw blade in a pilot hole from Step 8. Following the door pencil line, cut the lumber to the top of the door. Remove the jigsaw blade and place it in the second pilot hole. Cut out the other half of the door. Pull out the cut pieces of lumber to make the door. The inside lumber supports from Step 4 will be either side of the door (See images below)

  1. Use a sandpaper block with medium grit to smooth any rough edges

ADDING A LEASH AND ACCESSORIES:

  1. Tie the dog leash to the 2” wall ring bracket. Hold the bracket up to the front of the table, near the dog door. Secure the bracket in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (4) 1” wood screws (See images below)

  1. Hammer a 1” finishing nail half way into the front of the table, near the dog door. Hang a small nameplate from the finishing nail. Place a dog bed cushion inside the table. Add a small dog!

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