269 – Pet Steps

(dopey music) – [Marc] Dogs having problem
getting into the truck? You need one of these. ♫ Hit it (upbeat funk music) On today’s show we’re gonna build these multi-functional pet steps. Good girl! Millie here is only five years old, and even she could use
a little bit of help getting to high places, like
the inside of this truck. And those of you with older dogs, or little dogs, you know how hard it is for them to get up into their favorite sleeping spot on the
bed, so a set of steps like this is gonna be really handy. The other cool thing about them is they actually turn into a ramp, so let me show you how they work. And we just bring the legs out, like so. So you can see now we’ve got a nice ramp that we can use, but we can also go to the next step, literally, and create a nice series of steps. And just as easily, it
collapses, for easy storage. The project is made from 3/4 inch plywood, and we’re gonna build
it in the back of this 2017 Honda Ridgeline. You can easily fit full sheets of plywood in the back of the Ridgeline, and you’ll only need one to get this job done. Break the plywood down, according to the cut diagram, using an edge
guide and a circular saw. And don’t be afraid to get into your work. Once cross cut into the main sections, begin ripping the various project parts. (saw whirs) The stringers have a 50 degree angle cut at the bottom, and a 40
degree angle cut at the top. The legs also have a 40 degree
angle cut at the bottom. With the stringers clamped together make careful measurements for the various 3/8 inch holes. Most of the holes are a half inch deep, but some do go all the way through. (drill whirs) For the through hole, and the stringers, first start with a 3/4
inch forstner bit hole. Then drill the 3/8 inch
hole all the way through. (drill whirs) This should allow our bolt to
sit flush with the surface. Using the same bit,
drill one inch deep holes into the ends of the treads and risers. Use some glue to attach the tread cleats to the underside of the treads. Once the glue is dry, use a small roundover bit, or sandpaper,
to ease all the edges. Now cut some 3/8 dowel stock to just a hair over 1 1/4 inch. Glue the dowels into
the treads and risers. (upbeat ambient music) Now drop the treads and risers into the respective holes,
and attach the second riser on the other side. To secure the whole assembly, pre-drill and attach the two short stretchers with screws. (drill buzzes) Use the 3/8 inch bit
to help align the leg. Make sure it’s nice
and square to the edge, and strike a line. This line shows us where to install the third long stretcher, which also serves as a stop for our legs. Attach the legs by inserting a bolt up through the hole in the stringer. Add a washer between
the leg and the stringer to act as a spacer. Now, finish it off with
another washer and a lock nut. Repeat the process on the other side. Finally, attach the leg
stretcher to the legs. (drill buzzes) And now we can give it a test run. Looks pretty, pretty, pretty good. For additional safety, add some adhesive backed grip tape to the treads. And just like that, this
project is complete, and the tools can stow away nicely in the in-bed truck. Now if you want to build this project, you could download the free plans at thewoodwhisperer.com. Alright, let’s go dogs. Go on, you can do it. You can do it Winnie! Stella, come here! Boing, boing. Yay, good girl! (laughs)

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81 Responses

  1. dennis montagna says:


  2. Andrew Tucker says:

    I know people give you a ton of shit about doing these for Honda. I actually like the non-woodworking sponsorship. Seems like it could give you the ability to use the tools of your choice and maybe build projects of choice. I am aware that Honda had specific project types in mind for this, but still cool builds.

    Now if we could get Dunkin to sponsor you, that would be awesome. Someone come up with a cool hashtag we can trend…

  3. Алек says:

    Hooray! Mark again began to spread here interesting videos

  4. Careless' Coaching says:

    I don't really need this for my Pom-Chi as his vertical jump is higher than mine, but it's a cool design.

  5. Jeremiah's woodworks says:

    Now u need a Dog named Vanilli and your set! Girl you know it's true!

  6. Emmanuel Lopez says:

    Awesome, tnx for sharing it!!! 🐶

  7. Richard Clarke says:

    Do you get to keep the car at the end of this?

  8. Igor Stjepanovic says:

    Love the multi function use. Always seem to pick up on a trick or two thanks for sharing the knowledge. Good luck with the move as well.

  9. Troy Graham says:

    How many video's does the Honda Ridgeline cost?

  10. TheWoodWerker says:

    Great project Marc! Have A Super Week!….. Gus

  11. Andrew Klein says:

    Nice compact design, very cool.

  12. Jamaica Uitzetter says:

    Nice project 🙂 I need one of this so my dogs can get on the bed 😛

  13. Hal Kester says:

    Nice easy design..My old dog will love the ramp. And I will feel better that she will not hurt something jumping in. Thank you. Like the truck projects. Hals Wood Shop

  14. Vinnie C says:

    I have been looking for doggy stairs plans for about a year now for my Chihuahua with No luck…Thank you for making them free…

  15. Vince Baker says:

    did Honda give you the truck

  16. PinkPonyOfPrey says:

    "And wait! There's More!!! It also stores easily under your … car? Anyways, call your local number now!"

  17. Antonello De Angelis says:

    "…to the next step…"
    *BADUM- TSS* 😛

  18. UBWoodman says:

    This has been on my to do list but more for the bedroom, I like the fact that it folds because all the drawings I have done its come out as piece of furniture, this can be easily put away. Thanks Mark.

  19. Leaping Lemur Craftworks says:

    SELL OUT SELL OUT UNSUBSCRIBE UNSUBSCRIBE…….LMAO – sorry – catching up on recent pod casts……. Great build Mark – I'm going to link this to my hospital FB page – it may give some of my clients an idea for their dogs……Scott

  20. Matthew S says:

    Man, I hope you got a free truck out of this sponsorship!

  21. Tom Moore says:

    the puns are coming….

  22. utkanf says:

    Looks good Marc! Did Honda blur every brand in this video? I was worried they were going to blur your tattoos too. Joking aside Honda I like the truck and because of this videos with Marc, I am going to the Honda dealer to check it out soon.

  23. Benny Woodworks says:

    Awesome Project Idea! I've been brainstorming how to make this exact thing for my pup. Thanks for the plans!

  24. James Blake says:

    If you don't engage the nylon in the lock nut due to a short bolt all you really got there is a nut, no real locking going on.

  25. Arron Olson says:

    Our Bulldog is under 4, but I bet in a few years he won't be able to jump so high!  Thanks for the video!

  26. ofwoden says:

    Millie is adorable!

  27. Gadget Addict says:

    A great looking set of steps, but honestly I'd rather just lift the dog into the car than mess around with steps. I guess it's hard thinking of something that relates to the truck, so good job on finding something 🙂

  28. TheSlacker64 says:

    "Dogs having problems getting into the truck?" Get real dogs 😛 Edit: Ok, so you have a real dog at the end. 😉

  29. Vern says:

    I laughed so hard after the first 10 seconds I missed the rest of the video.

  30. Red Beard Carpentry & Woodworks says:

    Turned out great Marc!!

  31. Livi 120 says:

    dogs having trouble getting into the truck? you need a bigger dog

  32. TheWoodWerker says:

    I just watched the episode of You & Tommy Mac on Rough Cut, building the Hall bench with Storage. You've got great camera presence Man! I don't see why you don't have your own show like that on Television! Plus you're a REAL Woodworker! LOL! Maybe PBS will give ya a chance soon! Have A Super Week!….. Gus

  33. MDF RESCUER says:

    Keep up the good work.

  34. Noconz0727 MC says:

    That's nice lookin ply. Curious what kind and where you found it.

  35. HFCRacer says:

    I absolutely hate when people blur products. It's very rude, in my opinion. One of the reasons I watch woodworking videos is to pick up on what brands you guys use.

  36. Northwest Woodworx says:

    This is a fantastic project! I need to make this, I've been trying to think of how I could make a collapsible ramp just like this for my 4 legged buddy! Thanks Mark, I always enjoy your projects and content, and forget about the haters!

  37. Ben says:

    LOL at blurring out every single other brand in the video

  38. WoodenCreationz says:

    Come on Marc… I wanted the steps to fold down Jesse James style like the running boards that fold out from under neath for the lifted trucks! 😜 killer stairs man!! They came out amazing!

  39. Ian Loughead says:

    Thanks for the great project

  40. d3lsl0w says:

    I'm afraid the ramp platform won't stay locked in place as you approach the top end of each step. Won't the steps try to fly out when you put weight on that part of it?

  41. Dathan Swick says:

    Dayum, mow your lawn! the HOA is gunna fine you!


  42. dabruiser79 says:

    i've no kidding been looking at making these for a couple weeks now. thank you

  43. William W Powell says:

    My pupper is getting old and this is such a straightforward design I think even I can manage with my limited tools. No router so I'll ease over with a mouse sander. But how do I manage the 40 and 50 degree cuts with no miter saw? Protractor and hacksaw?

  44. Bill Church says:

    This is one of those projects I wasn't looking for but glad I saw it. My in-laws could definitely use this for their pup. Nice work!

  45. Joe Basement Woodworking & DIY says:

    love mini pinchers! and love that truck! i like how it converts into a ramp as always good stuff Marc!

  46. HomeHaunter1 says:

    The next step is to find a way to have the vertical supports come out by themself when you pull up on the step. I imagine a catch button to hold them in, a spring to push them out, with a magnet to connect them correctly.

  47. VampireOnline says:

    Great video and a smart idea for it to be a ramp and a set of stairs. Hope you get more sponsors like this Marc so we get more videos out of you!

  48. Sawta says:

    I was a little surprised at the Honda sponsorship. Not angry or whatever, just a bit surprised. I'm glad that the sponsorship was acknowledged in the info section, transparency in regards to sponsorship is really important to me. I don't mind anyone who wants to make a living off of their channels, I just appreciate it when they are upfront about it, the way Mark was in this one. 🙂

  49. Donnie G says:

    A really great project. Many families out there with little dogs that need some climbing help.

  50. sachae321 says:

    Very nice. Very very nice. No finish though? Spray lacquer?? Or would that gum up the pivot mechanisms??

  51. Joseph McMurray says:

    At 2:48 what type of bit are you using?

  52. coxdesigns7141 says:

    I dunno Marc I could deal with the sponsored videos, but chihuahuas…"sniffle" "sniffle"… I just don't know if I can take this anymore! Just kidding.

  53. Jake Wilder says:

    Larry David Approves

  54. Matthew Diresta says:

    that can be very handy in alot of situations! love it ! cute dogs!! much love!

  55. Sumo's Projects says:

    It's funny that you call it a truck, over here it's a ute or utility & a truck is at least 4 tonne and over but I like the step for the dogs

  56. Scrap wood City says:

    Cool project and video! As always! Thanks for sharing!

  57. John boyd1 says:

    How can I find nice plywood like that ? I want to make that .

  58. Jakob Sperry says:

    Did the nylon in the locknut engage with the bolt?

  59. Dave Kennedy says:

    At 2:48, what is that countersink bit you're using? Does a great job!

  60. jesondag says:

    I miss when you worked out of your amazing shop instead of a truck.

  61. John Viviani says:

    Now the troll comment- when using a locking nut the threads need to extend through the nut. Ideally 2 threads after the nut. Otherwise I loved this series of videos, exposing woodworking to a new group. The Ridgeline in its new form is the perfect truck for the masses. I looked at a preproduction Black model at an Indy car race in May. Almost enough to convince me to trade, as I don't need more the Ridgeline offers.

  62. Miter Mike's Woodshop says:

    the boing reminded me of QBert…..lol.

  63. alan0166 says:

    I built this for my Frenchie pup. Works great (and she actually uses it) subtituded carpeting in leau of the grit tape. Think the carriage bolts need to be longer. Nylon in the lock nut doesn't engage with the bolt. Thanks Marc!

  64. Bill Smithem says:

    Hmm, it's be a lot easier to pick up the dog than pull the stairs out, set them up, load dog, fold stairs back up, put back in truck.

  65. Nick Ferry says:

    I dig it!

  66. Liz Quilty says:

    my dog is 1.5kg – she can get into the car, but not into the bed or on the couch! These are excellent!

  67. Christopher Blakeley says:

    You have a Doberman! Guess I have to put you @ the top of my woodworkers list now. She's a cutie ☺

  68. Dosbomber says:

    "Older dogs, or little dogs"… or little FAT dogs, like my two porky yorkies. 🙁

  69. dbmi69 says:

    What a perfect timing… I have an older Doberman that needs these pet steps to get into my own 2017 RidgeLine. I love my truck and my Dobermans. Thanks Mark!

  70. Billy Beane says:

    Thanks for this. I have a house of geriatric dogs. Retired hunting dogs and they have joint problems from the activity they love to do. Also rescue other dogs as needed and have a little guy who got beat up bad and tore the tendons in his knees. Had the worse one fixed but being a private rescue the vet bill is all mine at a thousand bucks a knee. Don't get me wrong I have much higher reported cost but it's a lot so this will definitely be getting built ( probably 3 one for each floor of the house and one to go in a car)

  71. Ben Poliquin says:

    sorry but honda ridgeline is not a truck

  72. Phil Wells says:

    what is the weight limit? I have a 90 lb german shepherd

  73. Charles Wood says:

    How crucial are the angles? Wouldn't 45 deg both ends work as well?

  74. Tom C says:

    My 🐕 says, thank you!

  75. Slippschitts Hey says:

    Hondas suck

  76. Casa Millan Scroll Saw says:

    Saludos desde #México

  77. JLH says:

    I stopped watching when you called that thing a truck. Sorry, but I can't take someone with a Ridgeline seriously.

  78. Bobirdie IGlife says:

    Can you just make me one?

  79. Robert Martin says:

    Great work and thanks my Big Old Girl will love this

  80. Global Eco Tec - Ritter ohne Furcht und Tadel says:

    until now I didn't know that honda is making a pickup truck!🤔

  81. gy b says:

    Thank you or the time and effort to provide these plans to your followers. My daughter's 10 year old Chihuahua thanks you too.

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