A set of pet steps can help your aging pet climb up on furniture, eliminating the need to jump and strain arthritic joints. Smaller pets may have a hard time jumping up to reach their favorite napping spot as well. Pet steps allow them to safely reach places they normally cannot. Building a set of pet steps is a simple project suitable for novice woodworkers that can be completed in about an hour.
Items You'll Need:
• 1 sheet of plywood, 4-by-8-feet and 1/2-inch thick
• Circular saw
• 3/4 inch, 1-by-10 inch lumber, 10 feet long
• 24 finishing nails
• 150-grit sandpaper
• Paint (optional)
• Paint brush (optional
• 2 sections of carpet, 9 1/4-by-16 inches
Step 1 - Cut the plywood with a circular saw into the following sizes: two pieces 11 1/4-by-16 1/2 inches for the sides, one piece 5 1/4-by-14 1/2 inches for the lower riser and one piece 6-by-14 1/2 inches for the upper riser.
Step 2 - Cut the 1-by-10 inch lumber with a circular saw into the following sizes: one piece 9 1/4-by-13 1/2 inches for the back brace and two pieces 9 1/4-by-16 inches for the treads.
Step 3 - Place the bottom riser flush with the outer edge of the bottom of a side board. Drive finishing nails through the top and bottom of the riser and side with a hammer. Repeat to attach the opposite end of the riser to the other side board.
Step 4 - Place the upper riser flush with the outer edge of the top of a side board and drive finishing nails through the top and bottom of the riser and side with a hammer. Repeat to attach the opposite end of the riser to the other side board.
Step 5 - Insert the back brace into the back of the steps. Secure it by driving finishing nails through each side into the top, center and bottom of the back brace.
Step 6 - Place a tread piece on the top of the bottom step so that it overhangs each side by the same amount. Secure the tread by driving finishing nails into the front and back of the step on each side. Drive one nail into the front center of the step. Place the top tread piece flush with the rear of the steps and attach in a similar manner.
Step 7 - Sand the steps with 150-grit sandpaper. Apply paint with a paint brush, if desired.
Step 8 - Secure 9 1/4-by-16 inch sections of carpet to the top and bottom treads with a staple gun.
By Amy Kingston
About the Author
Amy Kingston has been a professional writer since 2001. She has written articles for various publications, including "Health" magazine, "Jackson Parenting" magazine, the "Bolivar Bulletin" newspaper and "A Musician's Pursuit." Kingston was also published in "Voices of Bipolar Disorder."