How To Build A Simple Doghouse With A Slop Roof
Protection from wind and rain is needed for all dogs who do not live in the house, but in the yard. This article is a step-by-step instruction on how to build a dog house with your own hands from plywood and standard lumber.
Remember that the booth should be proportional to the size of your dog. In a very small kennel the animal will be cramped. But a big one does mean that it is good, because dogs tend to feel more protected in a dwelling that is limited in size. In addition, a properly-sized booth will help your pet use the warmth of its body to warm the air inside, and in cold weather will make it comfortable to stay there.
Drawings and necessary materials
Drawing dog kennels:
Attention! All dimensions on the plan are in inches (1 inch = 2.5 cm).
This project is designed for small and medium-sized dogs, whose weight does not exceed 20-25 kilograms. For the manufacture of basic structural elements you need only one sheet of 18 mm plywood.
Wood is a natural heat insulator, thanks to which in a booth it will be cool in hot summer and warm in winter. Safety of your dog is a priority, so try to choose high quality lumber. Use wood treated with preservatives under pressure only to create a base that your pet cannot nibble on, because compressed wood (DSP) contains harmful chemicals that can harm the animal.
- Cut four bars with a section of 5×10 cm to create a base: two with a length of 55 cm and two with a length of 56.2 cm.
- Saw eight spruce or pine bars with a section of 5×5 cm to create a frame: four 37.5 cm long for vertical posts in the corners of the booth and four 32.5 cm long for the roof frame.
Step 1 – Markup
At the beginning of our article there is an image containing a drawing of a booth, which we will build with you in the framework of this project. Once again we draw your attention to the fact that all dimensions on this plan are in inches. We strongly recommend that you do not just download the file and print the already prepared scheme, but do your own drawings of the dog box with the sizes that your pet needs, check and double-check everything several times.
To begin, you must move the dimensions from the drawing to a sheet of plywood. Use a ruler and a square to reproduce the scheme accurately. Bear in mind that on plywood, the individual pieces should not be in close contact with each other: you should take into account the cutting width of the saw blade.
Make the entrance opening about 25 cm wide and 33 cm high. The lower edge (threshold) should be 7.5 cm to cover the bottom and partially the bottom panel of the base. The height of the entrance opening should be about 3/4 the height of the dog. A large opening is not needed, since dogs prefer to enter the booth, bending their heads, this helps them to feel that their home is a cozy and protected place. In addition, a small opening allows you to keep warm in winter. Use any object with a round shape and a suitable size to draw the arched top of the entrance opening – a plate, frisbee or lid from the pan is perfect.
Step 2 – cutting out plywood construction fragments
Cut out all marked fragments from plywood. Before you do this, firmly fix the sheet, it will provide a direct saw without splitting. In addition, to reduce chipping and splitting, be sure to use a sharp blade. It does not matter whether you will cut directly along the drawn line, to the right or to the left of it, but only if you follow the chosen strategy, i.e. all cuts will be done uniformly.
When cutting the roof panels, cut one long edge of each panel at a 45 degree angle. This will ensure their snug fit at the point where the two ramps close. Before changing the cutting angle of your circular saw, do not forget to turn it off, however, this should be done with any adjustments to the tool mode. When cutting, make sure you see both the blade and the line of cut.
Use a jigsaw with a blade for cutting plywood to cut the entrance opening. Pre-drill 1 cm hole – the starting point – in each lower corner of the opening. Carefully follow the drawn line. When the cutting process comes to an end, support the cut piece to prevent the plywood from breaking off.
If there is poor ventilation in the booth, the air in it will be too warm and stuffy in the summer, which means your pet will experience discomfort. A few holes in the rear panel near the ridge of the roof will ensure good air circulation. Drill three evenly distributed 35 mm holes. Directly under the drilling site, place a piece of board or bar under the plywood to reduce the likelihood of material splitting.
When you are finished cutting out all the plywood blanks, grind their edges with a manual sander or sanding pad, and then sandpaper of medium grain to eliminate any unevenness and notching.
Step 3 – Foundation Building
Assemble the base frame from 5×10 cm bars. The base raises the floor of the booth a few centimeters above the ground. An air cushion under the floor will help keep it dry and will keep it warm. Using a circular saw, cut two bars with a length of 55 cm and two with a length of 56.2 cm. When cutting pressure-treated wood, always wear a mask to protect your eyes and face from dust.
Longer bars should overlap the ends of the shorter ones. Rezenkuyte pre-drilled guide holes and fasten the elements of the base of the booth together with 75 mm galvanized screws (two at each end).
Place the bottom plywood panel on the assembled base and make sure that its edges are flush with the edges of the bars. Secure the booth floor on the base with 30 mm galvanized self-tapping screws, sinking their heads just below the surface plane.
Step 4 – sidewall assembly
Saw out the frame elements of the bars with a section of 5×5 cm. Assemble the side walls, securing the bars 37.5 cm long at the edges of the plywood fragments, which will serve as racks. The upper end of each bar should be flush with the upper edge of the plywood, the lower edge of the plywood wall will be longer than the bar-rack, 2.5 cm. Each bar must be fixed with three 30 mm galvanized screws. Install the side walls on the base of the booth and secure with screws using the entire length of the lower edge every 10-12 cm.
Now attach the back wall so that its bottom edge is flush with the bottom edges of the side walls. Secure it with 30 mm galvanized screws, screwed every 10 cm at the location of the vertical posts. At the bottom edge of the back wall attach to the floor panel, making sure that the ends of the screws do not stick through the plywood floor.
In the same way, secure the front wall.
Step 5 – Mount the Roof Panels
Fix the bars with a section of 5×5 cm and a length of 32.5 cm along the short sides of the roof panels. Each block should be located at an equal distance from the upper and lower edges of the plywood fragment. To fasten them, use 30 mm galvanized screws (three for each bar).
Position the roof panels on the box, making sure that they are, firstly, evenly placed relative to the front and rear walls of the booth and, secondly, fit snugly to each other at the junction (on the ridge of the roof). Fasten the roof panels to 30 mm galvanized screws, screwed through the front and back walls of the booth into the roof frame bars.
Step 6 – Roof Siding
First, cover the entire roof with one piece of roofing felt. This is an additional layer of protection that will ensure dryness inside the booth. The roofing material can be fixed with 10 mm galvanized brackets using a construction stapler. Using a knife, cut the edges of the ruberoid flush with the edges of the plywood roof panels.
Now you can proceed to the roof plating roofing (soft shingles). At the same time it is necessary to ensure that the tips of the nails with which you will fasten the tiles do not stick inside the kennel, passing through the plywood roofing panels, since they may hurt the animal. Therefore, at this stage, use galvanized roofing nails no longer than 18 mm.
The first row of roofing tiles must be laid along the bottom edge of the roof. At the same time the tile should protrude beyond the plywood panels on
2 cm, this will help protect the wood from moisture. Continue to fix the roofing material, moving upwards. Each next layer should overlap the previous, downstream. The caps of the nails with which you fix the tiles must be closed with an overlying layer of material, because this is a place of potential penetration of rainwater. Repeat the process on the other ramp. Do not forget to cover the ridge of the roof, bending the tile at a 90 degree angle.
If this is necessary, you can cut off the excess material after work, using a knife with a blade for cutting tiles. Do not forget, however, that the roofing material should be in all directions on
2 cm beyond the plywood slopes.
Step 7 – Finishing Touches
Paint the booth using low toxic, low volatile organic compound paint for outdoor use. Previously, you can hide the holes for the screws with wood putty.
So we built a simple dog house with our own hands. Before letting your pet go inside the kennel, wait until the paint has completely dried (at least one or two days).