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How To Build A Ramp For Your Dog

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Why We Decided To Craft A Ramp For Pancho

We have a doggie called Pancho and he turned 11 years old last week. He’s a little 6 lb. yorkie with the energy and soul of a one year old puppy, but his knees don’t feel the same way. He’s had two knee surgeries in his lifetime. His knees want Pancho to take it easy and stop jumping.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - pancho

All of Pancho’s life we’ve had doggy steps around the house so he could climb on the couch or the bed when he wanted to. But Pancho is getting older (and heavier) and we noticed he was having a harder time going up and down the doggie steps.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - pancho

At first, we bought a ramp online to make it easier on his little old knees. Unfortunately, the incline was so steep Pancho was afraid of using the ramp. He wouldn’t go anywhere near it. So we did what any crafty owner of a beloved pet would do. We built a ramp for Pancho. It was really easy and he loves his new ramp!

Follow the instructions below to build your doggie a ramp!

Dog Ramp Materials

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

  • Cube (Available at Target)
  • Hardboard (Available at Lowe’s Home Improvement)
  • Piano Hinge
  • 12 small wood screws (1/2″ long)
  • 6 small phillips flat-head screws (1/2″ long)
  • 2 L brackets
  • 1″ x 2″ wood plank (8′ long)
  • Cork sticker sheet

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - materials needed

How to build a dog ramp tutorial -  hingeHow to build a dog ramp tutorial - phillips flat top screwsHow to build a dog ramp tutorial -  wood screws
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Dog Ramp Tools

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - tools

  • Razor knife
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hand screwdriver
  • Hacksaw for wood
  • Heavy Pliers

Dog Ramp Instructions

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - diagram

Step 1: Cut Hardboard to Size

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - measure and cut hardboard to 15 in x 48 in.

Measure the hardboard to fit the side of the cube. If you are using the Target cube listed above, cut the hardboard 15 inches by 48 inches. We cut it using a razor knife.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - cut the hardboard with a razor knife into 15 inches wide by 48 inches long

Step 2: Cut Wood Planks & Screw To Hardboard

Measure Planks & Mark With Pencil

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - measure and cut wooden planks

Cut Planks Into 3 Pieces (dimensions below)

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - cut wooden planks to size

Cut the wood plank into 3 sections that will be used to reinforce the hardboard. We used two 3 foot sections to reinforce the long sides of the hardboard; and one 11 3/4 inch section to reinforce the short side that will connect to the cube with a hinge.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - screw wood planks to hardboard edges

Attach Wood Planks To Hardboard

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - screw hardboard to wooden planks

Once the wood planks are cut, attach them to the hardboard using the small wood screws.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - screw hardboard to wood

Step 3: Attach U Brackets

Bend L-Brackets into U-Brackets Using Pliers

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - bend the L-brackets into  U-brackets

Attach U-Brackets To Hinge Using Flat Head Phillips Screws

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the U-brackets to the hinge using philps flat head screws

Attach the U brackets to the inside of the piano hinge (see photos below).

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the U-brackets to the hinge using philps flat head screwsHow to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the U-brackets to the hinge using philps flat head screwsHow to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the U-brackets to the hinge using philps flat head screws

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - pancho

Step 4: Attach Piano Hinge

Mark Hinge Screw Holes on Wood

Using a pencil trace every screw hole on the piano hinge on to your small piece of wood.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - draw hinge screw holes on the piece of wood

Drill Pilot Holes

Using the 1/16″ drill bit screw pilot holes for the wooden screws. These holes help the screws go in easier than if you try to insert a screw into a solid piece of wood. Just make sure your pilot hole is smaller than your wood screws to avoid your screw falling out.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - drill pilot holes on the piece of wood

Screw Piano Hinge To 11 3/4″ Wooden Piece

Using wood screws, attach the piano hinge to the small piece of wood.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - screw the hinge to the piece of wood

Screw Mounted Piano Hinge To Hardboard ramp

Slide the 11 3/4″ wood into place on the hardboard and screw it in using wood screws.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the hinge to ramp

How to build a dog ramp tutorial -  attach the hinge to the ramp

Fasten the piano hinge to the 12 inch wooden plank using small wood screws. Make sure to orient the hinge so that it will allow the hardboard to angle down from the cube.

Step 5: Attach The Cork Self-adhesive Sheet

We add a sheet of adhesive cork to our ramp because hardboard is too slippery on its own. Adding cork gives your puppy some grip to safely go up and down the ramp without slipping.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial -  use adhesive cork to give your puppy some grip and avoid them slipping

Center the cork sheet on the hardboard ramp. Starting at the top of the ramp, unroll the cork sheet pressing the sticky side toward the ramp as you go.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - use some duct tape on the bottom of the ramp to secure the cork

Use duct tape to secure the cork to the bottom of the ramp.

Step 6: Connect Ramp To Cube

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the ramp to the storage cube

Using the U brackets, connect the amazing new ramp to the cube. Close the lid of the cube and you are all done!

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - attach the ramp to the storage cube

Step 7: Introduce Your Doggy To Their New Ramp

We lured Pancho up and down the ramp with a treat and that was it! He loved his ramp and knew how to use it. Enjoy your new doggy ramp.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

Pancho Ramp Gallery

Here are some pics of Pancho enjoying his new ramp and interfering in the ramp build-out.

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

How to build a dog ramp tutorial - Pancho

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