How to Build a Dog Kennel

Some say that every home needs a dog but not every home deserves a dog. Unfortunate may it seem but it usually does not occur to people that dogs deserve the perfect treatment from head to toe.
More than mere pets, dogs ought to be seen as loyal companions that we need to treasure our entire lives. They’re not just our best friends after all but our family as well. This is why even though each cute dog comes into the world fully covered with its own coat of fur, we still have to go all out into protecting them.
One way to do just that is by following a masterful DIY dog kennel that Ted’s Woodworking Program happens to generously provide. You see, by building a dog kennel and opting for a proper plans to do it, you won’t only get to give your precious pet the space it so rightly deserves; rather, you’d also have a very cost-effective way of providing a shelter for your pup. By large and based from my experience, following a do kennel plans is way better than buying a pre-built kennel.

Do It Yourself Dog Kennel

If you’ve caught the woodworking bug, don’t hesitate to consult the famed and 100% cost-effective plan known as Ted’s Woodworking so that you can stay updated with the new woodwork practices that could do wonders to your home and your friends’ home!

Speaking of friends’ home, below is a comprehensive tutorial that you can use as a a blueprint that’ll let you efficiently carry out a your own personal dog kennel for your best friend!

Step 1:

After getting the measurement of your dog, prepare the following tools:

  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Measuring Tape
  • Exterior Grade Plywood Sheets
  • Tradies Pencil
  • Treated Pine
  • Power Drill and Bits
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Construction Grade Adhesive
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Claw Hammer
  • Tradies Pencil
  • Caulking Gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Handsaw or circular saw
  • Galvanised Nails and Bolts

Know how big your DIY Dog Kennel needs to be. It can’t be too big as your pet might not feel safe in it and for obvious reasons it can’t be too small so make sure to make its space enough for your dog.

Step 2:

For this Custom Dog Kennel Plan, work from the floor and build your way up from there. As what the ever excellent Ted’s Woodwork Plan suggests, the floor of your dog kennel should allow air circulation so that your dog’s kennel would remain dry inside. That said, it should be at least 100mm off the ground so, before anything, build a subfloor frame using treated pine (which is excellent for using outdoors!) that measures 100 x 50 mm.


Step 3:

After deducting the measurement of the ply wall’s thickness, pencil a line across the timber’s ends using a carpenter’s square. Join each ends’ corner with galvanized nails (100 x 4.5 mm) or gauge wood screws (75 mm x 8). By driving the nails at a slight angle, you’d be able to ensure the sturdiness of your dog kennel.


Step 4:

To get the base done, nail the cut center subfloor frame cross piece to the outside pieces you have and do the same for the other two smaller cross pieces. Drill holes through it for cross-ventilation purposes. Once done, flip over.

Step 5:

Put a door in before building the walls when building the dog kennel. Ensure you leave 50mm at the top and bottom and cut out the oval as the door for your pet.


Step 6:

For the walls of the dog kennel, cut its side walls and flush them with the edge of your frame. Overhang front and back walls to end up with sturdy butt joints then make sure to use bullet head galvanised nails that measure 40mm x 2mm for the walls. Add a little of construction adhesive and you have strong side walls for the kennel.

Step 7:

Extra tip – to keep your pet warm in winter and ensure they stay dry to assist with fleas, apply some silicone on all the joints both outside and in.

Step 8:

Build the roof and put waterproof paint if you want. Refer to Ted’s Woodworking guide to assist in constructing the roof for the dog kennel. The roof is an important aspect as you want to ensure the measurements are correct and it’s constructed properly to avoid the weather coming inside the door.

Step 9:

Now it’s time for the gabels which are used to hold the roof panels in place. Measure your front and back walls from outside to outside.  Start cutting after you figure out the height of your apex and don’t forget to take note of the following dimensions for your gables. You can find more information in Ted’s Woodworking Plans also:



Step 10:

Attach the gable to the kennel using 3 temporary nails. This may be a bit complex so refer to the plans for more assistance on exactly how to do this. Place the gable on the kennel to prepare it for the roof panels. Do this for both gables.

Step 11:

To complete the roof, cut out the roof sheets and make one sheet 12mm longer than the other roof sheet so that you can create a perfect butt joint at the ridge. Hammer the panels onto the gable and silicone the roof joints.


Step 12:

Lastly, hinge the back wall so that you can easily lift the roof off your wooden dog kennel without having to remove the entire roof. Silicone the roof joints also to ensure you keep the dog kennel water resistant. Remove the temporary wood brace that was used for the gable in Step 10 and your dog kennel is ready for painting.


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