DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials

This month, we are going to show you how to make your own dog basket using recovered materials.


Required equipment:

  • 1 sander or sandpaper (80 or 120 grit)
  • 1 jigsaw or hand saw
  • 1 electric screwdriver and screws
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 tape measure
  • Slats from recovered pallets (preferably EURO pallets)
  • 1planed batten, 40 x 40 mm, L. 2.7 m
  • 4 short boards, approx. 1 cm thick (the size of the boards is not particularly important)
  • 4 casters

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


Step 1: Measure your dimensions

Measure the dimensions of your cushion

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
Here the cushion measures W 60 cm x L 96 cm


Step 2: Dismantle your Euro pallet

Euro pallets with a thickness of 2 cm are preferable to ensure a robust basket

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
Dismantle the slats from your pallet


For the frame, keep aside:

  • 4 long boards, 120 cm x 14 cm (for the long sides of the basket)
  • 4 short boards, 80 cm x 14 cm (for the short sides of the basket)


For the bed frame base, keep aside:

  • 5 short boards, 120 cm x 9.5 cm (for the bed frame)
DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
NOTE: All of the boards must have the same thickness


Step 3: Prepare your boards

Using sandpaper, sand down your boards to remove splinters, which could injure your dog.
Tip
: 80 or 120 grit is sufficient


STEP 4: cut your boards to the correct length

For the frame:

For the long sides of the basket: draw a mark 96 cm along your long boards
For the short sides of the basket: draw a mark 56 cm along your short boards

In total, you should have 4 long boards for the long sides, and 4 short boards for the short sides

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


For the square batten: Take 2 pieces of 4 x 4 cm batten, draw a mark at 25 cm and cut them with a jigsaw or hand saw. Then cut them on a diagonal to get 4 identical battens

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials

Note:  Battens cut in 2 on a diagonal are used to reinforce the structure and assemble the two parts of the basket, while creating a ventilation space.

STEP 5: Cut out a recess for your dog  

Draw a recess onto one of the long pieces, which you will cut out with a hand saw or jigsaw.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
Here we have cut an 8 cm recess into the board


STEP 6: Assemble the frames

The long pieces go on the outside and the short pieces on the inside of the structure

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
Tip: Pre-drill the wood so that it doesn't split when you insert the screws
DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


Repeat step 6 to produce two frames, which we will stack one on top of the other.


STEP 7: The bed frame rails

Cut 4 battens to a length of 56 cm (these battens must be the same length as the boards used for the shorter sides of the basket)

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials

Once cut, place 3 battens into the bottom of your frame: 1 at each end and one at the centre of the frame.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


Then secure the battens to the frame using screws

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
Tip: Consider using two screws per batten so that it does not rotate and become damaged

You now have the base for your bed frame.


STEP 8: The bed frame

Take the 5 boards measuring 9.5 cm wide and draw a mark at 92 cm. Saw them to this length.
Then place the boards directly onto the bed frame rails and secure them directly to the battens using screws.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


STEP 9: Assembling the parts

Place 4 boards with a thickness of 1 cm on the lower part of what will be the basket to create the ventilation area.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


Place a batten that has been cut in two at each corner of your structure and screw these directly to the two framework pieces of your basket. In total, we have used eight screws per corner batten.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials
DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials



STEP 10: Fit the casters

We have chosen to add casters in order that the basket can be moved around more easily, given the weight in it. In this example, there are two normal casters and two self-locking casters.

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials


STEP 11: Sanding

For a better finish, we have lightly sanded the basket. An 80 or 120 grit sandpaper is sufficient.


Final result  

DIY: Dog basket made using recovered materials

Are you ready to do it yourself? Send us yours by e-mail: [email protected]

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