Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to Make a Dog Ramp

Tape measure
By Gary Boutin
Assembled by Bret

Supplies and Tools:  
Claw hammer
Carpeting outdoor tan

Cordless drill or electric Drill
Drill bit 1/16 (.0625) drill bit 
Leather work gloves
Level 4-ft
Plywood 3/8 inch interior
Measurement tape

Utility razor knife

Arrow fastener T50 crown galvanized steel staples 
Wood: 2x2s, 2x3s, 1x2s
Wood glue

Wood screws

Bret and his mother came to The Home Depot for a special dog ramp project. He came to the Anaheim Super Store - Lumber/Building Materials area for information and exact cuts for his project. For more information about the Anaheim Super Store please read this article brought to you by the Orange County Register. This article was written by Lisa Liddane of the Orange County Register and Published on April 4, 2012 Updated: Aug. 21, 201. If you enjoyed her article on The Home Depot Superstore please click on her name for more articles written by Lisa Liddane.

This post shows the ten steps to assembling a special dog ramp.

Step 1: Arrive at your nearest Home Depot and talk to an associate.  If your project involves working with wood, ask for the location of Lumber/Building Materials.
Step 2: Explain the lumber associate about your project. For this post Bret had a written plan of the dog ramp and he had already measure the available space between his closet and his bed.
Step 3: He looked at several plywood pieces and wanted to know what the advantage of each. Bret was concerned that his 20 lb. dog might be uneasy if the plywood ramp moved or bounced at all. 
Step 4: We decided on interior 3/8 plywood, cut at two length. Fig.1 shows the first of Bret's pictures of the parts purchased at The Home Depot.
Fig.1 The parts
Step 5: Each piece was cut per Bret's plan: To include two pieces of 3/8 inch plywood, four 2x3x30" legs located on the right of this picture. The middle ramp would need additional supports and was supported using Douglas Fir 1x2x8 also cut in 30" lengths.
Step 6: Interior carpeting was purchase to finish the project.
Step 7: Purchase and bring the supplies home. 
Step 8: Assembly; written directions of the project.
  1. Pre-drill using a drill with a 1/16 (.0625) drill bit in each leg in the center and in the plywood pieces. Please review the size chart.
  2. Assemble each leg with wood glue and use a Cordless Screwdriver to drive the wood screws for each corner area. This process must be done for the top only. When all four legs are placed on the top level use the level to make sure the surface is level with the floor. 
  3. Carpeting: Now use a utility razor knife to measure and cut the carpeting for each area of the dog ramp. This will take some time to cut the carpeting in a rectangular form. Be careful not to cut any fingers.
  4. Stapling: Now use an Staple Gun with T50 steel staples and start stapling the carpeting into the plywood. Staple all three sections.
  5. Middle frame support: Between the middle section and the start section add the 1x2x30" wood supports to add support to the plywood. Attach these the same way as the legs were attached. Pre-drill the holes in the 1x2s and use a cordless screwdriver to insert the wood screws through the 2x2s and into the plywood. This needs to be done on both sides. Share the ramp support between the middle section and the last section. Use the final 1x2s to support the beginning entrance. Job finished. 
Step 9: Final views: Fig.2 and fig.4 shows the side view of Roxy's ramp. Fig.5 shows frontal view that will allow Roxy climb to the bed.
Fig.2 Side view

Fig.3 Partial side and front view
Fig.4 Front view
Step 10: Fig.5 shows the final placement of the dog ramp. In Bret's own words "I am happy to say that it turned out great and it works just as well. My dog, Roxy, loves it and uses it all the time."
Fig.5  Roxy's safely on Bret's bed
Note: All picture were taken by Bret for this post.

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