Dog-Crate Console by nyut545e2

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                                                 Dog-Crate Console                                                                                                   - two sheets (48×96 inches)
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                                                                                                                                                                         ⁄4-inch birch plywood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - tape rule
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                                                 design + words BILL LAHAY                                                                                              fiberboard (MDF)                                 with straightedge guide
                                                                                                                                                                     - one length of 13⁄8-inch-                       - clamps
                                                 Note: This project is built to house a midsize pet crate that                                                         diameter wood closet                           - table saw (optional)
                                                 measures 22W×30L×25H inches.                                                                                          rod, 5 feet long                               - router with 3⁄4-inch
                                                                                                                                                                     - wood glue                                        straight bit
                                                                                                                                  ������                             - one package No. 8×15⁄8-                        - jigsaw
                                                   SKILL LEVEL: Beginning woodworker
                                                   TIME TO COMPLETE: One weekend                                                                                       inch coarse-thread                             - sanding block with
                                                                                                                                                                       drywall or deck screws
                                                                                                                                                                               ��                                       100-grit paper
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                                                   ESTIMATED COST: $150, not including pet crate
                                                                                              �                                                                      - one package 8d                                 - cordless drill/driver
                                                                                                              ����������                                               finishing nails                                - drill bits (1⁄16-inch, 3⁄16-inch
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                                                     [A] Desktop/                                                                                      ��              latex paint                                      (or driver bit for drill)
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Get Going
Start by marking and cutting the plywood sheets into parts A
through D; see the cutting diagram (opposite). On the four
shelves (D), mark the locations of the support posts as shown
and drill the 13⁄8-inch post holes accordingly. Then lay out the
rounded corner contours on the shelves and the desktop and
floorboard pieces, and cut them to shape with a jigsaw. Sand
the radius curves to remove splinters and sharp edges.
   Next, use a straightedge guide and a router with a 3⁄4-inch
straight bit to cut dadoes in the back panel (B) and dividers (C)
as shown. (Note that the spacing yields progressively shorter
shelf areas toward the top of the unit. You can adjust the shelf
spacing to suit your needs, as long as the total amounts to 24
inches.) After routing, drill several 3⁄16-inch holes along each
dado for the screws that will fasten the components together.
Countersink each hole on the face opposite the dado so that
the screw heads will lie flush with the surface.

Assemble the Parts
Attach the two dividers to the back panel as shown, securing
their rear edges into the dadoes with glue and screws. Make
sure the upper and lower edges of the parts are flush with
each other. Set this subassembly onto the floorboard (A), align
the dividers to ensure the correct spacing, and trace their
outlines onto the floorboard. Remove the subassembly and
drill a series of 1⁄16-inch pilot holes (in the floorboard) where
the divider and back panel edges will connect. Apply a bead
of glue inside the outlines, then position the divider
subassembly in place again and let the glue set. Drive 8d
finishing nails up through the pilot holes in the floorboard to
complete the connection.
   Use more glue and screws to attach the shelves to the
dividers and back panel as shown. When all the shelves are
attached, cut the support posts to length, apply a dab of glue to
the bottom end, and insert them through the predrilled holes.
   Mark and drill the desktop for installation the same way you
prepared the floorboard, then glue and nail it in place. Drive
8d finishing nails to secure all the edge joints and to pin the
upper and lower ends of the support posts. Also, drill 1⁄16-inch
pilot holes in each shelf edge (at the outside corner) and drive
a finish nail to pin the shelf securely to the post. Then let the
assembly set while the glue cures.

Finish and Install
Set and fill all the nail holes with wood filler, then sand and
apply a coat of latex primer to the entire assembly (two coats
on panel edges). Allow to dry, then follow up with two coats of
semigloss latex paint. Fit the kennel crate inside the console
unit, and if desired, hang a shade on a tension rod.




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