How To Build Adjustable Dog Ramp?

To construct this adjustable dog ramp, gather some 1x2x8′ boards, plywood, tiny hinges, and a 3/4″ dowel with a 14″ length. It has a handle for convenient transport, and don’t forget to add carpet to the wooden dog ramp’s sloped surface, a truly incredible gift for a dog admirer.  

Materials to build adjustable dog ramp:

One 3/4-inch plywood, 15-3/4″ by 47-3/4″ and two tiny hinges, carpet, 3/4″ dowel rod, at least 14″ in length, wood glue, primer, and paint. 49″ x 17″ screws, a 1-1/2″ nail gun, a 1-1/4″ nail drill, a circle saw or table saw, a jigsaw, sandpaper, and spray adhesive.

Steps of building ramp:

Build a platform:

Build a platform by attaching the 2 short side pieces (15-3/4 inches) with 2-inch nails to the edges of the plywood. Before nailing, apply glue to all contact points. Set the pieces so that they are flush with the plywood’s top. Ensure the ends are flush and also that you nail into both the plywood and the 1×3 ends when attaching the longer sides (49-1/4 inches) to the plywood and also short sides.

Dependable inset piece:

The hinges that join the base to a platform will be held in place by the inset piece, which is attached to the platform’s underside. Use 1-1/4-inch nails (as the inset piece is only 1/2 inch thick) to attach the leftover 1×3 x 15-3/4-inch boards flat to the bottom of the box and also against one edge. Use 2-inch nails to secure the 1×3 side pieces to the frame.

Build the base:

Use the same method as for the platform, but with no plywood on top, to attach the 4 base pieces with nails. On each end, allow the long sides (37-inch pieces) to extend past the sides that are shorter (14-inch pieces). Sand each component by using a sander.

Make Legs:

Cut the 15 1/2 inch piece in half so that you have two pieces that is 3/4 x 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches. Dowel the rod onto the leg’s end, aligning it with the edge. Draw a half-circle (representing the dowel’s curve) on the leg. To the remaining three ends of the 2 legs, repeat the process then round the ends over to the curving mark with a sander. In the middle of all of the 4 radiused ends, drill a 3/16-inch hole.

How To Build Adjustable Dog Ramp?

Attach Legs:

Put the measuring tape on the inside of the boxes butting up opposite the side without the piece of inset and mark the location about 22 1/2 inches in from the edges without the flat 1×3 inset piece to attach the legs. Flip the platform upside down. To provide a little clearance, place a small piece of folded paper or cardboard underneath the leg. At these locations, fasten the legs loosely for the time being. For step 9, you must have them unfastened. Additionally, wait until later to attach the dowel.

Mark the location of the base’s notches:

Mark the location of the base’s notches by measuring down one inch from the top and then drawing lines 2 feet long using a straightedge or level at that point on the base frame. Mark two inches, six inches, ten inches, and 14 inches down the line with the measuring tape hooked on the end. Repeat on the other side.

Cutting Holes for Notches:

Drill a hole in the first mark that used a 3/4-inch paddle bit. Do not really drill all the way through; stop when the bit’s point passes through the other side. To ensure that the other holes are uniform, label the depths of that cutting with a tape piece on the bit. Drill the remaining holes only until the bit’s point pierces the opposite side as you go. Turn the base over now and complete the hole drilling from the opposite side once all four holes have been drilled. This technique stops the wood from splitting and blowing out.

Attaching Base to Platform:

Placing the base within the platforms with the hole you just drilled pointing down will allow you to attach the base to the platform. Place the side devoid of holes against the inset piece’s edge. Place the hinges up opposite the base and on the top of the piece of the inset. Mark the hinges’ holes with a pencil. Screw the hinge into the piece of the inset after picking up the base. After that, position the base once more and complete attaching another side of the hinge.

Mark the angles on the notches:

It’s preferable to have assistance for this stage as you mark the angles on the notches. Turn the ramp so that it is facing the proper way up, then have a helper hold up a platform so that the base is straight on the table of the work. To align the legs with bottom of the each hole, swing them out from the platform box. Against each hole, note the leg position. You can then use the jigsaw to cut the desired line. You can cut straight through the final notch, so you can indicate it using a speed square.

Cut Notches:

With a jigsaw, cut into drilled hole’s bottom outside of your lines. It is preferable to be overly large than undersized. Once all the notches have been cut, use coarse-grit sandpaper to smooth out the jigsaw marks before using a sander to prepare the entire foundation piece for painting.

Adding dowel to legs:

Screw the dowel between both two legs to finish off the legs. If it helps, hold the legs up with a clamp as you enter the dowel. The platform’s legs could be tightened or removed for painting.

Add Carpet:

If you removed the platform from the bottom for paint, you may add the carpeting while it’s still separate. However, if the ramp has been fully completed, adding the carpet is acceptable. Place the platform n over the carpet after placing it face down on the carpet.

Adding Handle:

Add a handle to a platform’s left side to make the ramp more moveable.


How wide must the ramp be for pets?

The platform of a dog ramp should, in general, be a few inches wider than your dog’s broadest part, which is usually the shoulders or hips: Small breeds like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, and Miniature Dachshunds typically require a ramp that is at least 11″ wide.

How may a dog ramp be made less slick?

To help pets have greater grip while moving about, Paw friction is a non-slip coating that is sprayed straight to the paw surface. To aid improve paw grip, Paw-Pads are adhesives non-slip grip pads that are placed directly on the paw surface. Another choice to take into account for improving paw grip is rubber booties.

What can I do to make stairs dog-friendly?

Stick-on stair treads are one of the most effective ways to give your slick stairs some traction. If you add a tread to each step, your clumsy dog won’t ever again fall down the stairs. An alternative would be a stair runner.

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