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Have you ever wondered how to make a carrying crate for your pet out of plywood and few bits and pieces? Well, wonder no more as in this instructable I will demonstrate to you how I made one for my cat for under 20€.

The idea emerged when I was visiting my local plywood supplier. As I was talking to the guys I noticed a corner full of cutoffs and scraps. Of course, my first thought was to acquire some of this material for future projects. The guys had no problem with it and for 10€ I got enough material to build a crate you are seeing here. From the hardware store, I got the rest of the components for 5€

This project is a great one for intermediate woodworkers. It does not require many complex tools but it will require a lot of patience as one will be dealing with many delicate pieces that need a lot of attention. It is also a great project to try out plywood bending (it is easier than you think). This was actually my first time as well. Let me know in the comments what you think!

Let´s get started!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials

Materials needed for this build are:

  • Plywood (9mm or similar) 40cm wide and 100cm in length.
  • Plywood (4mm or similar) 40cm wide 75cm in length. The idea here is that it has to be flexible. Know that thin plywood is more flexible in one direction than other (usually the one that has more perpendicular running layers)
  • A pair of hinges (brass matches well with plywood!). I could not find brass ones so I got a piano hinge.
  • A latch to close the door and keep your pet inside. (Again, I would have used a brass one but my local hardware store did not have any)
  • 4 rubber feet
  • Small screws for attaching the hardware
  • Small nails
  • Fabric for the handle (5X30cm piece)
  • 2 furniture bolts, 2 large washers, 2 nuts (for attaching the handle)
  • Spray lacquer for the finish
  • Spray adhesive for making the handle (or you can sew it)
  • Wood putty for imperfections
  • Wood glue

Tools needed are:

  • Table saw
  • Scroll saw
  • Disc sander
  • Router with a straight bit
  • Ryoba saw (flush trim hand saw)
  • Drill with wood bits
  • Clamps (both big and small ones)
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Marking tools
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/tape measure

I think from power tools only must-have is a scroll saw (or jigsaw) and drill - all other tools just make your life a whole lot easier. Do not forget- the best tools are the ones you have so be creative!

ME20072 months ago
That is so cool ! ! !
CraftAndu (author)  ME20072 months ago
MICROLAND2 months ago
Well done!
CraftAndu (author)  MICROLAND2 months ago
TheFischLife2 months ago
Love this! It's so chic!!!
CraftAndu (author)  TheFischLife2 months ago
I glad you liked it!
Mimikry2 months ago
Very nice design!
I guess my cat's would like a more "roomy" version - I'll think of it :)
CraftAndu (author)  Mimikry2 months ago
Thank you!
vpv962 months ago
I like it, well done!!!
CraftAndu (author)  vpv962 months ago
Honeybeehappy2 months ago
Looks so expensive and fancy. Very beautiful design. You are such a good woodworker! Amazing job!
CraftAndu (author)  Honeybeehappy2 months ago
Thanks :*
Excellent job on the design and build of this project! P.S. Nurris is amazing!!! :)
CraftAndu (author)  WeTeachThemSTEM2 months ago
Thank you so much!
studleylee2 months ago
That is the classiest pet carrier I've ever seen. Well Done!!!!!
CraftAndu (author)  studleylee2 months ago
Thanks :)