Step 3: Build the Box Sides

man using a drill driver to screw together the sides of the pet ramp box
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Make a mark 2 inches from the longest point at the back of each 1x5 side piece. Make another mark 10 inches from the longest point at the front. Using a Speed Square, draw a square line across the 1x5 at each mark.

Set the 12½-inch box ends between the sides, inside the lines. Clamp the sides in place to keep them square. Using a drill/driver, screw 1 5/8 inch trim head screws through the long sides and into the ends.
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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