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DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture and Decor
The picture of her made me smile. Her personality just beamed through my monitor. She was standing on someone’s bed (one of my biggest pet peeves about dogs), with a big foam ball in her mouth. Her head was cocked, her good ear straight up in the air and the other flopping down, and she was looking right at the camera. I knew it was because the photographer had just called her name: Harley Davidson. Such a perfect name.

She was only a 20-minute drive from our house, and we made arrangements to “just meet” her that afternoon. We knew in that instant she was the one.

We brought Harley Davidson home with us, and we made her this industrial dog bed. So she would have a forever home, and a bed of her own.

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  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 1
    Step 1

    For a reclaimed wood look, beat the four 2 x 6 sides with a chain, hammer, small crowbar, anything that will mar the surface. I find the chain works best. There isn’t possibly a wrong way to do this, so really take some frustrations out on the wood. Be as random as you can with the marks and careful not to crush the mitered edges.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 2
    Step 2

    See the difference that “damaging” the wood a little can make?

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stain the wood pieces with your choice of stain. I used a dark, rich Minwax Jacobean. Simply wipe it on with a clean cotton cloth. Be sure to protect your hands with rubber gloves. The dark stain will settle into the grooves and rough spots, making them even more visible. This is exactly what you want it to do.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 4
    Step 4

    After the stain has completely dried, drill pilot holes into the sides of the 2 x 6s for the lag screws with a 1⁄4-inch drill bit.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 5
    Step 5

    The front and back boards get two holes on each end, close to the top and bottom. The side boards get one hole at each end, directly in the middle.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 6
    Step 6

    TIP: To miter or not to miter? Cutting the boards at a 45-degree angle is called “mitering” and requires a little more time and patience. It’s not necessary, but your finished dog bed will look much more professional if you do.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 7
    Step 7

    So give it a try. If you decide to do flat edges, change the length of the smaller boards from 27 inches long to 24 inches.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 8
    Step 8

    With a hex socket bit attached to the cordless drill, screw in the lag screws to connect all four sides of the box. When you connect the four sides, the lag screws will overlap each other. Your wood seams at the corners don’t need to be perfect. In fact, slightly imperfect will only enhance the rustic character of the bed.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 9
    Step 9

    Attach the corner braces to the inside of the box with the 1-inch screws included in the pack.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 10
    Step 10

    These should be as close to the bottom as they will go. Of course they hold the bottom of the bed in place, but they’ll also help strengthen the box.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 11
    Step 11

    Add a flange in each corner of the under- side of the box for the feet. Adjust the flange so that three of the holes line up with wood, and attach with drywall screws.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 12
    Step 12

    Twist a 3-inch-long pipe into each flange.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 13
    Step 13

    Top each 3-inch-long pipe with another flange.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cover each of these flanges with a 3-inch-round self-adhesive felt pad to keep the bed from scratching your floors. If you don’t have hardwood floors, you can proba- bly skip the pads.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 15
    Step 15

    To make the side rails, add a reducing elbow to each end of the 18-inch-long pipes.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 16
    Step 16

    To the open end of the elbows, twist on the 21⁄2-inch-long pipes.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 17
    Step 17

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  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 18
    Step 18

    Place the rails where you think they need to be in the center of the sides of the box, and give each end a good whack with a rubber mallet.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 19
    Step 19

    Don’t be gentle. It will leave a little round mark from the pipe.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 20
    Step 20

    With a cordless drill fitted with a 5⁄8-inch paddle bit, drill out a hole about an inch deep.

  • Step 21

    Place the railing back over the freshly drilled holes and give it a couple good pounds with a rubber mallet to drive the pipes into the holes. These aren’t really handles, they are more of just a decorative railing.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 22
    Step 22

    Place the plywood bottom into the finished box resting on the corner brackets. There’s really no need to stain it, unless you’re a perfectionist, because it won’t be seen.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 23
    Step 23

    Any blanket will work, but I prefer the look of Mexican serape blankets. Wrap the blanket around the foam piece, folding the edges just like you would wrap a pres- ent.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 24
    Step 24

    Hopefully you will want to wash this occasionally so just secure the ends with a few big safety pins so it can be removed easily.

  • How to make a pet bed. Industrial Dog Bed - Step 25
    Step 25

    Slip the blanket-covered foam into the finished dog bed and prepare yourself for a happy best friend.

    I realize that this is a pretty big dog bed,
    and not everyone has a moose of a dog like Harley Davidson. (She’s about 80 pounds.) You can easily adjust the dimensions of the bed to fit your size of dog. Or simply adopt a bigger dog like we did.

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