Step 1: Cut the Parts

hands using a jigsaw to cut a wood board to shape for the box, top or legs of the pet ramp
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a jigsaw, cut the parts of the box, top and legs to length according to the measurements on the cut list. On the long 1x5 sides of the box, mark the edge 2 inches from one end and 10 inches from the other end.

Using a jigsaw guided by a straightedge, cut off the corners of the 1x5 at each of these marks. The longer cut will be the front of the ramp where it will sit on the floor. The shorter cut will be at the back, or top, of the ramp where it meets the edge of the bed.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Speed square
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • Natural Bristle Brush
      Paint brush
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get one 6-foot board.

    2. 1x5 Get two 8-foot boards.

    3. 1 5/8-inch trim head screws

    4. 3/8-inch 2½-inch bolts to attach the legs to the box. Get two.

    5. 3/8-inch washers Get ten.

    6. 3/8 inch locking nuts Get two.

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Piano hinge Get one that's 30 inches long. 10. Folding door hinge

    11. Toy box lid supports

    12. Drawer pull

    13. Nonskid rubber strips or pads

    14. Round skid feet

    15. Latex primer

    16. Latex semi-gloss paint

    17. Contact cement

    18. Non-skid/sisal rug

    19. Coffee can