How to Make a Pet Stairs
This guide will show you how to take some ordinary wood and transform it into a set of pet stairs for your beloved pet to use in difficult, high situations. This project is brought to you by a featured Blogger- Kelly S. Rowe of Live, Laugh Rowe. Check out her blog at www.livelaughrowe.com for other DIY projects, recipes & more!
Pocket Hole Jig
(x2) 2.5 cm x 17.8 cm x 29.2 cm wood (for the top closed riser)
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 29.2 cm wood (for the bottom closed riser and the base brace)
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 16.5 cm wood (for the top left and top right planks)
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 33 cm wood for bottom left and bottom right planks
4.0 x 25 mm Pocket Hole Screws
12 Wood Screws
Wood filler/ Putty
Let's go - step by step
Cut all of your wood to size using your Dremel DSM20 Circular Saw with the DSM500 Multipurpose Carbide cutting wheel (DSM500) to create:
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 33 cm for bottom left and bottom right planks
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 16.5 cm for the top left and top right planks
(x2) 2.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 29.2 cm for the bottom closed riser and the base brace
(x2) 2.5 cm x 17.8 cm x 29.2 cm for the top closed riser
Drill pockets holes using a pocket hole jig in order to attach the top plank to the bottom plank using pocket screws. This will ensure your pieces of wood are perfectly aligned, as well as sturdy and secure for your pet!
Attaching the front
Attach the bottom closed riser to the front of the bottom side planks countersinking the side screws ensuring they are flush and out of harm’s way. This ensures your pet is safe when using these pet stairs.
Attaching the back
Attach the back brace to the rear of the pet stairs using the same counter screwing method as step 3. These 2 steps are important to ensure your pet stairs are strong and secure.
Securing the riser
Attach the second closed riser to the stringers, measuring 2.5 cm down and 0.9 cm in from front. While this riser was built using a 2.5 cm x 17.8 cm piece of wood, to have it sit below the bottom step, an alternative would be to use a 2.5 cm x 15.24 cm piece to have it sit flush with the step. The choice is yours!
Adding your steps!
Finally you can attach the steps. Place the piece of wood on top of one of the riser planks and in line with the rest of the stairs. Then use 2 small screws on each side to secure it in place, don’t forget to counter sink these to0! Repeat this for the other step. Congratulations! Your steps are officially done! You're now ready to fill your holes with wood putty, sand, prime and paint. The choice of colour and finish is all yours, how about staining too have an all-natural finish or paint it to your pets favourite colour! We also engraved and painted our pooches name onto the stairs, you can try this to, check out how to start engraving article for more!