Do-it-yourself dog box

To make a dog house with your own hands, you need to correctly calculate the size and prepare a minimum of tools and materials. The described project is designed for those who do not have “tough” carpentry equipment and serious woodworking skills. The article describes in detail how to choose the size of the dwelling in which your dog will not be crowded at the same time, and it will not be cold in winter. The doghouse shown in the photos was not insulated, nor was it fitted with a curtain to protect the entrance from the snow. There is a little theory about this in the end, which will be easy to translate into practice.


Naturally, the required amount of materials depends on the size of your pet. This particular booth was made for a very small yard dog, and the following materials were spent on its production (construction waste and trimming trim):
  • 50x50 mm bar - 2.50 m.
  • Edged board 25x150 mm - 4 m.
  • OSB 7 mm - about 2 square meters
  • Ruberoid - 1 square meter
  • Plastic panels - about 2m.
  • Screws for wood 35 mm - about 100 pieces.
  • Screws for wood 80 mm - 10 pieces.
  • Galvanized U-shaped profile - 60 cm.
  • Glue.
The board can be taken 20 mm thick. If there is no OSB, then both MDF and chipboard are of approximately the same thickness. Roofing material acts as a waterproofing. In the absence of any other waterproof material. The roof is made of plastic panels because there was nothing else suitable at hand. You can use soft tiles, corrugated board and so on. You probably need less self-tapping screws, but the design is as rigid as possible. In addition, they are penny. Galvanized profile is needed in order to strengthen the edges at the entrance to the booth. Especially it is necessary in those cases when the dog is kept on a chain. The glue was used only to fix the plastic profiles. If desired, you can glue all the wood joints (and significantly save on self-tapping screws).


The key advantage of this project is simplicity. For its implementation does not need expensive specific tools that are not present in the ordinary home wizard.To make a doghouse with your own hands, you will need the following:
  • A hacksaw (you can use an electric jigsaw or a circular saw).
  • A power screwdriver (optional).
  • Electric drill (without it).
  • Joiner's square.
  • Roulette.
  • A simple pencil or marker .
  • Clamps (optional).
  • Drill bit for wood with a diameter of 2.5 mm.
  • Bit for screwing in screws.
  • Stationery knife (it’s convenient to cut plastic panels)
  • Construction stapler.
  • Tool for grinding (orbital, vibration and whether belt sander).
In the absence of the above in the last paragraph, you can go the other way. The easiest of them is a disc nozzle under the emery wheels for a drill (everyone has it). Naturally, if you have a circular saw, a thickness gauge, a jointer and other joinery tools, you can speed up work with them.

Dog box size

Despite the abundance of illustrated explanations on the Internet, it’s not so easy to guess the size of the future box. Most examples give the following principle:
  • The length of the booth shouldcorrespond to the distance from the nose to the tailbone of a dog.
  • The width of the housing is equal to the height from the paws to the withers.
  • The height corresponds to the height of the dog to the crown.
  • The height of the entrance is the same.
  • The width of the entrance is equal to the transverse size of the chest plus a couple of centimeters.
In principle, you can safely be guided by these principles. But there are a number of nuances. First of all, such a high entrance is useless to a dog. Therefore, we boldly reduce by several centimeters. With the width of the entrance is the same. Secondly, the length of the booth is better to take into account the length of the tail. The width of the kennel is also recommended to increase slightly. This is especially true for those dogs whose offspring are planned. There is another side to the coin. You should not overstate the size of dog housing, as the heating system will not be there, and the pet will have to warm up on its own in the winter. Excessive volume will make this task more difficult. The entrance, even if it is made exactly the size of the dog, is better to be closed during the winter period. On this account there will be a couple of ideas below. In the end - if you overdo the size of the booth, the work will become more difficult, and the materials will go much more.

Step-by-step assembly of the booth with your own hands

Start"Construction" is needed from the bottom - bottom. A frame is made from a bar according to the external dimensions of the booth on which the board is laid. All parts are fastened with screws. Here and further it should be remembered that under all screws are pre-drilled holes. This technique will facilitate the assembly and also reduce to zero the risk of splitting lumber. The accuracy of the work, by the way, also significantly increases due to drilling.
Do-it-yourself dog box
Dog house for a dog with their own hands
Do-It-Yourself Dog Box
Next, the side panels are made. They are needed because the booth frame will not. It is not needed, because the product is small, and excessive bars will only steal the free space inside. For the panels you need boards and sheet material (in the photo - OSB). This cake allows you to get the desired strength without the frame. In addition, the OSB will overlap the joints between the boards, which, with long-term operation on the street, will inevitably turn into cracks. The side panels are attached to the bottom of the boards on the screws. The technique is the same - we drill, then screw it.Verticality of the panels is provided with the help of a carpenter and clamps.
Do-it-yourself dog box
Do-it-yourself dog box
Dog house for a dog with their own hands
Do-It-Yourself Dog Box The next item is the back panel. It is made similar to the previous one of the boards and OSB. The photo shows how to leave space for joining free from the plate. The fastening technology is the same. Dog house for a dog with their own handsDo-It-Yourself Dog Box The front panel is a little more complicated. If there is an electric jigsaw, it is better to duplicate this detail by analogy with the rear panel, and cut the entrance later. If the jigsaw is not, cut will have immediately. Again, the entire panel will be heaped on OSB. Install. We are convinced that the structure is already strong and rigid. Do-it-yourself dog box
Dog booth with your own hands
To fix the roofing material in the ridge part, you must cut and fix the bar, as shown in the photo. Next, cut the substrate of the OSB. They are attached to the ridge beam, the edges of the front and back panels, as well as to the ends of the side walls. The dimensions of the substrate are calculated so as to form overlaps from all sides. This will save a little the “walls” of housing from precipitation.
Do-it-yourself dog box
Do-It-Yourself Dog Box
It is advisable to install waterproofing under the roofing material. This is especially true for those types of roofs that will have joints. In the example, the usual modern ruberoid was used, planted on the staples with the help of a stapler. You can glue, grab furniture studs, and so on.
Do-it-yourself dog box
Do-it-yourself dog box
Do-It-Yourself Dog Box Everything is individual with roofing materials. In this case, an internal corner for PVC panels was used to equip the ridge. If there is an outdoor - it will be easier and easier. The starting plastic profile was fastened on the slopes in front and behind. Here he stuck on waterproof glue, although it was possible to use and screws. The last plastic panels are installed. In the example, they were attached to the screws, and the joints were treated with waterproof glue. The latter is not particularly necessary, since waterproofing is already there. Finishing touches - strengthening the edge of the entrance and installing steps. In order to protect the edge from damage, a galvanized starter profile was used (UD seems to be called). Steps are made of a bar and are planted on self-cutters 80 mm long (it is necessary to drill or burst). All external surfaces (wooden) must be protected from atmospheric influences. Suitable stain with subsequent varnishing (as in the example), paint, oil for wood. Doghouse for the dog with your own hands

Warming the booth and protecting the entrance

If you need a warmer booth,then you can apply a thermal insulation material, for example, polyethylene foam (the one with foil). It is possible to warm a bottom with polyfoam. There just remained a deep niche for these purposes. The walls and roof need to be warmed in advance, in the process of manufacturing panels. After assembly, in this case, it will be difficult to get inside, although it is possible. To protect the entrance from snow in wintertime, you can use technology that is often used in warehouses. It is made of longitudinal strips of flexible transparent plastic. These are sold in some building supermarkets. They will not interfere with the dog, and the heat-insulating characteristics of housing will significantly affect. In extreme cases, you can use a dense polyethylene, leather or its substitutes. Cut the old women's handbag into patches, and you will be happy (only the old, and not the one used by mother, wife, daughter or sister).
Date: 09.10.2018, 02:01 / Views: 34294

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