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How to Make a Wood Pallet Dog Bed

Give your furry friend a comfortable spot to sleep using reclaimed shipping wood pallets.

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Materials Needed:

  • wooden shipping pallets
  • tape measure
  • nail puller
  • hammer
  • 1 1/2" finish screws
  • stainless steel finish nails
  • chop saw
  • carpenter's pencil
  • drill

Dismantle Pallets

Gather a group of used wooden shipping pallets (Image 1). Using a hammer or nail puller, remove each plank of wood from the pallet base (Image 2), then dismantle the base.

Choose Best Pieces

Lay all pieces of wood out on a flat, level surface. Based on your specific shipping pallet and the intended size of your dog bed, choose which pieces are the best fit for the two sides, the rear, the front fascia and the base. Tip: A good-sized dog bed for small and medium dogs is 12 to 16 inches, and 14 to 18 inches for larger dogs.

Measure and Cut Boards

Measure and mark side boards using measuring tape and a carpenter's pencil. Cut them to 24-inch lengths with a circular saw. Measure and mark the rear and bottom boards using measuring tape and a carpenter's pencil, and cut to a 36-inch length with a circular saw. These boards will be the rear panel and bottom planks.

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