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Old 12-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Expanded Canine Navigator Perch

As navigator, Lucky has sniffed out many-a road, but grumbled at the gaping void in front of his chosen perch. Something needed to be done! A bigger platform was in order and, due to the odd shape, a template was needed. Lucky supervises while the cardboard is roughly fit:



The colored strip was used as a scribe strip against the various short angles



Here's the resulting piece cut from a square of OSB. Here, the colored strip is laid along the back line traced in the van so the front line can be traced on the wood



Resulting wood platform in the van



While it fits well, with a couple inches foam, it's going to be really high. Hmmm... Plan B maybe in order. After more templating and cutting, we have this



With a milk crate base and a couple inches of foam, this will be about the same height as the front edge of the seat.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: Expanded Canine Navigator Perch

While the wood would support him just fine, Lucky demands comfort. Here the foam has been cut to the shape of the wood. The foam needs to be on top when we're done to avoid complaints



The 2" green foam and marine-grade vinyl fabric came from Jo-ann Fabric
http://www.joann.com/heavy-duty-foam-sl ... am&start=5
http://www.joann.com/marine-rv-vinyl-/prd23669.html

Here the pattern is drawn on the back of the fabric. Start by tracing around the wood with its up-side down, then measure down 3.5" for the sides (2" foam, .5" wood, 1" staple space); allow 1/2" for sewing seams. The book was used to draw corners



The fabric cut out. The strip is needed for the sides at the inside corner. The wood is upside-down here like the fabric



The fabric is now sewn into shape and the foam is inserted. The wood is upside-up. The metal bit in its lower left corner is a 1/4"x20 T-nut for a future support leg



The wood is now inserted. The leg-side of the T-nut is visible in its hole in the right corner



Cover is stapled to the wood. The leg is shown detached. It uses a hanger bolt (1/4" lag on one end, 1/4"x20 tpi on the other) to attach to the T-nut



The leg is attached. The main area is supported by the crate. The leg prevents tipping when this corner is stepped on



Finished top side

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Old 12-02-2013, 11:36 PM   #3
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Re: Expanded Canine Navigator Perch

Awesome post. I like how you detailed the upholstery pattern.

Tell Lucky he has the best owner a dog could have, if he doesn't realize it already.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Re: Expanded Canine Navigator Perch

No clue why that is necessary, he looks just fine in the driver's seat.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Re: Expanded Canine Navigator Perch

I also have a custom canine perch. Unfortunately it's very expensive and high maintenance.

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Old 12-05-2013, 01:07 AM   #6
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Where is the pic of Lucky on perch? . Don 't tell us he didn 't like it.
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