Doghouse With His Own Hands
After we had a baby, the wife insisted that the dog live on the street or at least stay there for a while. Nothing can be done, during the holidays, which I took in connection with fatherhood, I decided to make a dog booth with my own hands.
We have a small short-haired dog, so it does not tolerate cold and rain. There was an idea to place the dog in the nursery, but it became a pity and did not want to leave.
I work in a department store, and we have a huge number of pallets. Of course, the idea arose to take advantage of this. So my fantasy was where to turn. Having had almost a whole month, I left for work in stock. There was no drawing or plan, except that the room for the dog should be isolated from the wind and rain, I wanted a sloping roof with high ceilings sufficient for the dog to calmly stand up. In addition, I did not want to leave her in the dark, she should have the opportunity to bask in the sun.
Stage 1: Basis of one pallet
I forgot to photograph this stage of work, I used the euro pallet for the base. Added more slats to close the gap between adjacent boards. I also nailed the boards from other pallets, to the sides of the pallet, so that the wind would not blow there. Sanded and rounded edges where possible. This allowed to raise the floor to a sufficient height so that it does not get wet and was warm enough.
Stage 2: Putting the frame
To assemble the frame of the doghouse, I had to purchase a little bar. The timber was lined with boards on both sides in order to make insulating cavity. Roof and walls are made with a bevel, just for beauty.
The tree is usually full of holes and all sorts of knots, except this board may not be completely straight, so I decided to fill the gaps with mounting foam. Perhaps this is not the best solution, but I thought that the dog would be so much warmer and this would provide additional waterproofing.
At this stage, the thought came: "It will weigh a ton!".
Stage 3: Roof
For a start, I secured the boards from the pallet, on the section of the roof with a ramp, and then drove the boards on a short straight section. I cut the boards after they were fastened, and a reliable jigsaw helped me with this.
The side overhang of the roof is supported by three short bars from the pallet.
Stage 4: Painting
After the doghouse was almost finished (except for the door), it was time to paint it.
Previously, I filled all the extra holes, polished and leveled the heads of the screws. I did not want it to be noticeable that the booth was assembled from pallets.
After that, I painted the outside of the kennel, in matt black paint for the street. The floor, interior walls and ceiling were primed and varnished.
Stage 5: Fabrication and installation of the door
This stage of work was postponed to the last, since he did not have a clear plan of action or drawing.
I started with the inner frame of the doorway, which I made from the roof rack. Getting the right angles using hand tools was not easy. Then he made four outer panels using the boards from the pallet. I secured them with glue and screws.
For the inner window frame used the remaining thin boards. The width of the board allowed the installation of two glasses, i.e. to make single-chamber "double-glazed window".
Then again, all filled, polished and painted.
To install the door bought hinges for the gate, as well as several stainless steel retainers, for closing the door. When installing the door enclosed cardboard to adjust the position of the door. The final appearance after installation caused a certain sense of gorodost.
Stage 6: Rain Protection
To protect the roof from the rain and used the roofing material left by the neighbor. I used a blowtorch for its installation, but since the pieces were small and I worked without gloves, I got several burns. I recommend to use some protective gloves.
And yet the pain that I had to endure, made me doubly proud of my work!
I do not want to write that after a few months the roofing felt began to flake off, maybe I didn’t warm it up enough or it was too hot outside. Roofing works for the first time.
Stage 7: Glazing
In the spirit of making a doghouse as cheap as possible, I got a pair of 3mm clear acrylic as glass. They seemed a little thin to me, but they were free, so they were fine with me.
I used scissors to cut acrylic. Made two glasses, one smaller for the outer window frame and more for the inside. Since the inner frame retreats to a depth of approximately 10mm, a good insulating gap is obtained. Two small holes were drilled in the inner glass, top and bottom, to prevent condensation from forming. Acrylic before fastening, it is recommended to pre-drill so that it does not crack when screwing in the screw.
Stage 8: Finished Product
For airing the booth, I took it from the garage to the street, it is necessary that the smell of varnish and paint disappears. In order to make it, it took the help of a neighbor. The kennel was not as heavy as I had supposed at the beginning, although the appearance and the amount of wood suggested the opposite.
At first, the dog was a little skeptical, but after a couple of weeks and after a blanket was laid inside, she gladly began to go there and eat her bones. I also loved to climb onto the roof of the booth and bark at outsiders.
The doghouse, which was assembled with his own hands, in front of you in all its glory.