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Whelping Box Plans Whelping Box Plans
Although the sketches are more-or-less self explanatory, a few amplifying remarks may be helpful, particularly with respect to the details shown on Figure 1:
  • Detail A. The side panels are held together by hinges having removable pins, screwed or bolted as shown to the plywood panels. Be sure to leave the pins in during assembly, or you may have alignment problems later.

  • Detail B. We want to make sure that the sides cannot be lifted by some leverage of the bitch working under the guard rails, and then letting them drop guillotine-fashion on a small or neck. So we provide pins to keep them down securely. To install, assemble the sides completely on the box floor. Drill guide holes slightly smaller than the pins you will use through the panels and into the flooring. Remove the panels, and drill out the holes in them to be slightly larger than the pins. Drive nails into the guide holes in the flooring, cut off the heads, and file smooth. Now when you re-assemble the pins will hold the panels down securely and safely.

  • Detail C. Wing catch, to hold the side panels in place when you have removed the front to allow the puppies in and out of the box. Turned to the horizontal position it permits the sides to be slid in place over the hold-down pins; vertical it keeps the sides from slipping off when not held by the front panel.

  • Not shown as a separate detail, but indicated on Figure 1. Cut and hinge the front panel, flush with the top of the guard rail. When folded down this affords a place to sit while the whelping s going on, and for watching and tending while the puppies are too small to climb out. Up, it is held in place by the hinge-fastner, and keeps the two- to three-week old pups from climbing out.

  • It should be noted that dimensions are predicated upon the nominal sizes of seasoned lumber. A "two by four" when dry measures 1 1/2" x 3 1/2". Before making your cuts check the actual dimensions of the wood you are using, and make minor size adjustments as necessary.

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