D.I.Y. dog kennel

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D.I.Y. dog kennel

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Project Overview

Every man’s best friend deserves their own place to call home. This stylish dog kennel is a great project to take on as a family and will look great in your backyard. We’ll show you how easy it is to build and keep your four-legged friend out of the weather.,

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How to remove headless nails

Trying to get a headless nail out of a piece of wood can be frustrating. But if you have a pair of pliers and a pry bar, you’ll have it out in no time. Simply lock the pliers tightly on the shank of the nail and then use the pry bar to lever it off. It shouldn’t take too much effort for the nail to come straight out.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Lay out front of kennel
3 Assemble the front frame
4 Mitre the studs for the sides
5 Lay out the side frames
6 Assemble the side frames and back
7 Make the base
8 Lay out the floor of the kennel
9 Fix the floorboards to the base
10 Nail the frames to the base
11 Measure for the stops
12 Cut the stops
13 Attach the stops to the frame
14 Measure the cut-out for the bottom cladding
15 Cut the cladding
16 Nail the bottom cladding to the kennel
17 Attach the cladding
18 Mark and measure for the top piece of cladding
19 Cut the top cladding to size
20 Fix the top claddings
21 Fix the front and back roof supports
22 Attach the rest of the roof supports
23 Measure and mark for the roof
24 Cut the roof sheeting
25 Fix the roof to the kennel
26 Decorate the kennel
27 Put your kennel in place
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    With six timber frames to build, you can make this job even easier by having your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. Here’s our cut list.

    70mm x 35mm pine:

    • 205mm x 2 
    • 250mm x 1 
    • 530mm x 5 
    • 580mm x 2 
    • 620mm x 4 
    • 625mm x 2 
    • 660mm x 3 
    • 800mm x 4
    • 805mm x 2 (with 10-degree mitred edges)
    • 930mm x 4 
    • 1130mm x 3 
    • 1320mm x 2  

    50mm x 25mm pine:

    • 930mm x 2 (roof battens)
    • 695mm x 2 (stops)

    90mm x 19mm decking boards:

    • 800mm x 13 

    12mm x 150mm cladding palings:

    • 750mm x 5
    • 1200mm x 2
    • 805mm x 10
    • 250mm x 6
    • 750mm x 2
  • Step 2. Lay out front of kennel

    Start this project by laying out the treated pine for the front frame of the kennel. The top of the frame is the 660mm timber. The four studs are 620mm. The two bottom pieces are 205mm and the door head is 250mm. Just make sure the gap for the door is high enough for your dog to get into the kennel. Mark at the top of the frame where the two internal studs will go. For our project, we marked 205mm from the ends.

  • Step 3. Assemble the front frame

    Once you’ve laid out the front of the frame, use the nail gun to fix it in place.

  • Step 4. Mitre the studs for the sides

    The roof for our kennel will have a 10-degree pitch, so you’ll need to cut the side frame studs at a 10-degree angle. Set the circular saw to 10 degrees and cut 2 x 530mm, 2 x 580mm and 2 x 625mm studs on this angle.

  • Step 5. Lay out the side frames

    For each side frame, you’ll need an 800mm length and an 805mm length. Make sure the studs are placed in order of tallest to smallest so that the kennel roof is pitched.

  • Step 6. Assemble the side frames and back

    After you’ve laid out the side frames, use the nail gun to assemble them. To make the back frame of the kennel, you’ll need to repeat the steps you did to create the side frame, without mitre cutting the studs. For this, you’ll need 2 x 660mm lengths and 3 x 530mm lengths for the studs.

  • Step 7. Make the base

    Lay out the base for the dog kennel. The two 800mm pieces of treated pine are for the sides. The three 1130mm pieces are for the studs. Once you’ve laid the base out, use the nail gun to assemble it.

  • Step 8. Lay out the floor of the kennel

    Lay the 13 800mm timber lengths on top of the base frame you’ve created. Leave an even 7mm gap between each board. This will allow the timber to expand and contract during winter and summer, and keep the kennel well ventilated.

  • Step 9. Fix the floorboards to the base

    Once you’ve laid the floorboards on the base and have the right spacing, pre-drill two holes near the end of each board with the 3.5mm drill bit. Then use the drill and 50mm screws to fix the boards to the base.

  • Step 10. Nail the frames to the base

    Place the back frame at the back of the base and use the nail gun to fix it down. Then attach the side frames next to the base frame with the nail gun. Place the front frame in place and fix it with the nail gun. Then fix all the frames together with the nail gun so it’s securely in place.

  • Step 11. Measure for the stops

    The four stops go in each corner of the kennel, and are what the cladding will be nailed to. Hold the timber for the stops against each corner of the kennel frame and mark the height. 

  • Step 12. Cut the stops

    Set the circular saw to 10 degrees and cut the stops to the height you’ve marked.

  • Step 13. Attach the stops to the frame

    Use the nail gun to fix the stops to the frame and you’re ready to clad the kennel. 

  • Step 14. Measure the cut-out for the bottom cladding

    You will need to make a cut-out for the cladding at the bottom of the kennel. To do this, take the measurement from the stop at the back of the kennel to the stop at the front. Then measure the height from the bottom of the kennel to the bottom of the stop at the front. Transfer these measurements onto a piece of cladding for your cut-out.

  • Step 15. Cut the cladding

    Clamp the cladding to the workbench. Use a circular saw to cut the piece of timber so it fits under the stop. You’ll also need to measure and cut another piece of cladding for the other side of the kennel.

  • Step 16. Nail the bottom cladding to the kennel

    Once you’ve cut out the two pieces of cladding for the bottom of the kennel, secure them to the frame with a nail gun.

  • Step 17. Attach the cladding

    Take the second piece of cladding and overlap it 20mm over the bottom piece of cladding. Secure it into place. The overlap will help keep the kennel waterproof and it looks really good. Keep installing the cladding on each side of the kennel with the 20mm overlap until you almost reach the top of the kennel. 

  • Step 18. Mark and measure for the top piece of cladding

    You’ll also need to cut cladding to match the pitched roof of the kennel. At the front and back of the kennel, measure the distance from the cladding you’ve already installed to the roof and transfer these measurements onto a piece of cladding. You’ll need to do this for both sides of the kennel and for the kennel door at the front.

  • Step 19. Cut the top cladding to size

    Clamp the top lengths of cladding to the workbench and cut them to size with the circular saw.

  • Step 20. Fix the top claddings

    Hold the cladding in place and use the nail gun to fix it to the frame. Continue cladding each side of the kennel until all of the walls are done.

  • Step 21. Fix the front and back roof supports

    Use the nail gun to fix two of the 930mm support lengths of timber to the front and back of the kennel.

  • Step 22. Attach the rest of the roof supports

    Once the front and back supports are in place, lay the two 1320mm pieces of wood on top of the kennel so there’s a 400mm overhang at the front. Use the nail gun to secure them to the supports. Now take the two other pieces of 930mm timber and fix them to the front and back of the roof timbers. 

  • Step 23. Measure and mark for the roof

    Measure the length of your roof and transfer these measurements onto the mini orb sheets.

  • Step 24. Cut the roof sheeting

    Clamp the corrugated sheeting to the workbench and use an angle grinder to cut it to length.

  • Step 25. Fix the roof to the kennel

    Put the mini orb sheeting on top of the kennel. Place two treated pine timber battens at the front and back of the sheeting and secure them down with a nail gun.

  • Step 26. Decorate the kennel

    Now that you’ve built the kennel, it’s time to add the finishing touches. You can stain or varnish the kennel depending on the look you want. We’re painting ours to add a splash of colour to the backyard.

     

     

  • Step 27. Put your kennel in place

    Once the paint is dry all that’s left to do is put your kennel in place and introduce your dog to its new home. 
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