How to Build a Dog Grooming Table

Written by michael straessle
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Pets bring hours of enjoyment to children as well as adults, but they don’t come without responsibility. Anyone who has owned a dog knows the only way to keep a dog odour-free is to bathe and groom him regularly, and a dog grooming table is the best option for taking care of everything outside the tub. You could go down to the local pet store and purchase a dog grooming table, but the expense of this can be avoided by building your own. A custom table also gives you exactly what you need because you can build it specifically for your dog.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 48-by-96 sheet of plywood, ¾ inch thick
  • 1½ inch deck screws
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Damp, clean cloth

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Instructions

    Blocking It Out

  1. 1

    Set the fence of the table saw to 36 inches. Cut the sheet of plywood cross-grain to give you one piece that measures 36 by 48 inches and set it aside. This will become the side of the dog-grooming table.

  2. 2

    Set the fence of the table saw to 20 inches. Rip the leftover piece from Step 1 (48 by 60 inches) twice to give you two pieces of plywood measuring 20 by 60 inches. (The 60-inch length is approximate.) One of these will become the ends of the table; the other will be the top. Leave the table saw fence on 20 inches

  3. 3

    Rip two pieces from the 36-by-48 inch piece from Step 1. This will result in two pieces of plywood that measure 20-by-36 inches. These are the sides of the dog-grooming table.

  4. 4

    Set the fence of the table saw to 18 ½ inches. Cut two pieces from one of the 20-by-60 inch plywood boards. This will result in two end pieces that measure 20 by 18 ½ inches.

  5. 5

    Set the table saw fence to 36 inches and cut the remaining 20-by-60 inch piece cross-grain to give you the top of the table. This will be 20 by 36 inches.

    Putting It Together

  1. 1

    Drill pilot holes on the ends of the sidepieces with the 1/8-inch drill bit. Begin in the corner and drill a hole every 8 inches. Repeat this procedure around the perimeter of the plywood that is to be the top of the dog rooming table.

  2. 2

    Drill a countersink hole in the pilot holes. Be certain not to drill more than a ¼ inch deep. The purpose of these holes is to leave the screws below the surface of the plywood.

  3. 3

    Apply a bead of glues along the 20-inch edge of one of the end pieces. Hold this against the end of the one of the side pieces and secure it with the 1½-inch deck screws. Repeat this until the ends are attached to the sides.

  4. 4

    Apply a bead of glue around the perimeter of the table where the top piece will sit. Place the top on the sides and ends and secure it with the 1½-inch deck screws. Clean excess glue with a damp, clean cloth.

  5. 5

    Sand the entire table and finish it as desired. If it is to be stained and a sealed, it is best to sand between coats of sealer with 00 steel wool.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Some building supply outlets may cut the pieces needed for the table to size.
  • Sanding is imperative for maximum life of the finish.
  • You can build a dog grooming table to any size needed simply by adjusting the width and height of the plywood pieces.
  • Do not set the table saw blade any higher than needed to make the cut.

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