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Well, started a new project. Actually a paying gig, you might say! It's for my lil' Sister. But she told me I can only do this if I charge her. Because I told her I would do it for the cost of the wood. And she said NOPE, she wants to pay me for my time too. She said I can give her a "family" break, but she does not want me to use my time, and not pay me something for it. Or she was going elsewhere!! LOL

Anyway, she wants me to make a shelf over her window in her kitchen nook, and in her bathroom, over her tub. And then make a table that will fit over her dogs cage. (She sent me a pic.) She said, it don't have to be JUST like, but just something to cover the dogs cage. As now, she has a sheet of plywood and a bed sheet draped over it now.

Pic 1 - This the same window treatments I am making for my Sister. This is one set (of 2) I made, and hung, for my Daughter.

Pic 2- This is the sample pic of the table my Sister wants over her dogs cage.

Pic 3- This is my Sisters dog cage.

Pic 4- My assembly line of drills, for putting the window treatment brackets together.

Pic 4- The six brackets done, and the lumber for the legs cut to size, for the cage table.

Day one, complete!!
 

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You are well on your way. This job will be done very quickly.
I also wanted to cover our dog cage which is in the family room. I had a large cutting board which was build to span a double sink so it was a pretty good size. I put it on top of the cage and it covers it nicely but now I am wondering if I need legs for support purposes.
 

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Picture 2, the dog cage sample picture.

I've seen dog kennels fully made out of wood that looked so good that I didn't notice it wasn't a standard end table until I took a closer look. It would be easier and cheaper to build like the picture but have you thought of getting rid of the metal cage and making the whole thing?
 

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Otto, I don't know if my Sisters dog is anything like my Daughter and Son-in-Laws dog, but he ate through the metal cage. Lost 2 K9's doing it, but none the less.. And this was not a cheap thin gage cage. So I don't know if I'd trust an all wooden cage on this dog. I think my dog would be alright in one, but he doesn't need a cage anymore.

Got to work on it a little bit. Got the frame together.
 

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Otto, I don't know if my Sisters dog is anything like my Daughter and Son-in-Laws dog, but he ate through the metal cage. Lost 2 K9's doing it, but none the less.. And this was not a cheap thin gage cage. So I don't know if I'd trust an all wooden cage on this dog. I think my dog would be alright in one, but he doesn't need a cage anymore.

Got to work on it a little bit. Got the frame together.
Frame is looking like a good start.

Dog ate through a cage :surprise:

Up until I was in my mid 20's I had dogs and never caged one or had a chewer. But thinking about it my wife has some friends with dogs that probably would chew through a cage, specially a wooden one.

It's probably too late for your project but thinking about it I wonder if there is a way around any chewing problems. Perhaps there is a way to treat the wood with something they wouldn't want to taste. I know there is a bitter apple spray that turns animals away and keeps them from licking/chewing but that is subject to the animal and how bad they want to continue a behavior. Maybe a cinnamon oil mixture could keep them from chewing on it, similar to how people will soak toothpicks in the oil and suck on them, I'm not sure how a dog would like a more potent version. You wouldn't want something that would give off a strong sent to their sensitive noises but would deter them when licked or bitten.
 

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Yea, my daughters dog, a Golden Retriever mix, had some serious separation issues. He ate through the metal cage, pretty much ate their sofa set. The chair has been reduced to a skeleton. Tore up most of their mini-blinds. Their newest dog, is not nearly as destructive. LOL My chocolate mix lab, did a little chewing when he was a pup. I had just put some trim up around our bay window and made a new windowsill for it, he tore them off/up. And I think one of our cats had ran inside the sofa, so he tore the back off the sofa. But that was about it. I broke him of that real quick! Now he just tears up his toys (Frisbees and tennis balls).

Pic below: My daughters two dogs (the cage eater on the left) on the outside and mines in the middle.
 

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We had a 130lb Rottweiler and kept her in large metal crate too...mainly for a place to sleep and for her to call "home".
After she passed on, we got a small beagle, but she got lost inside the huge crate, plus the crate was pretty ugly and her hair (shedding) would get everywhere.

So I made a "table kennel". It was more comfy for her size and she loved it. Just used scrap plywood and a few other sticks I had lying around. Added hardware screen for ventilation and made a hinged top that would open like a lid. The base was 3/4 mdf which I then put a piece of sheet vinyl on to make any spill or accidents easy to clean.

There's Lucy sniffin' out her new house, with metal crate next to it. BTW...she did not chew through the wood and I designed the door to add replacement parts if she had. Dogs chew on crates (metal or wood) because the get scared or want out...we just made sure that didn't happen...

Have fun...

Johnnie
 

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