My New House!!!!!

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-28-2014 02:34 AM 2169 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch


What can I do with scraps, garbage and pallets? LOL! I had no idea myself! This Dog house is made from all of the above. I had some off cut pieces of particle board, some narrow rip strips, left over flooring, hunks of construction ply, some horrendous utility oak flooring and a few hunks of poplar and cedar with a bunch of wood pieces that started life as something else.

I just decided to fly by the seat of my pants and start building. I made a few mistakes here and there because there was no plan but it’s a dog house. I didn’t need absolute precision. I definitely needed sturdy.

Some of the decorative strips are actually laminated pieces of wood. I was going to do the entire exterior like the front but that was taking too long so I opted for 6 inches around the perimeter.

The floor is actually utility oak from lumber liquidators. Wow that stuff is rough! I had to take a belt sander to it while I had it laid out to make sure that the dips and valleys matched up. Yes, that floor is a little wavy and the knot holes go clean through. Oh well, That wood wasn’t much good for anything else. I won’t be buying it again.

That roof is actually some left over pieces of my bedroom floor. The ceiling itself is made out of some old under the water bed mega drawers from the 70’s. My daughter is going to decorate it in her leisure. She couldn’t find the time to paint it for this posting but I’ll share her art later.

It’s impossible to see but the bottom side has a ribbed under floor to lessen the ground contact. However, this house will spend it’s time under the covered patio. The dogs love to hang out there. I may need to build 2 more to resemble the three bears. This one is definitely the big one.

In event of a tornado, we’re getting in the dog house. It weighs in at about 200 pounds. I almost killed my neighbor when he helped me move it. The only ones who won’t be safe are the dogs! They haven’t taken to it yet. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 02:44 AM

Wow, That’s big enough for a wide screen TV! Very nice job. I like the finish on the front a lot!

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 02:58 AM

Boy that is right up there with FLW !
You better behave or it may be your permanent home .LOL
Great looking ”HOUSE ” Mark .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 03:04 AM

great house mark

and it looks like you just fit too

seems you got in just in time
before the woof goes out
and the mutts start partying

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 03:18 AM

When I saw the notification email from LJ, I felt I have to see it and congratulate you….

Well congratulation on the new house! You did well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 03:25 AM

COOL dog house, Mark!

Nice use of all those Left-Overs!

Do you have ventilation around the top between roof & walls?
... I think the dogs would like that…


I thought I even saw some Purple heart in there! COOL!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 03:55 AM

That too cool. But you should not let the little woman know you can fit in it!! Or you may have to put the dogs out on a cold night and move in!!

Nice going, Mark!!..............JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 10:22 AM

Nice, but where are you going to put the beer fridge ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 09-28-2014 11:38 AM

This dog house looks incredible! As it was made of new wood not old recycled. Maybe just advice for future doghouse projects : door never should be in the middle of the front side, it must be at the corner.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 09-28-2014 12:00 PM

Looks great Mark! I love how you make do with what’s laying around and come up with a great project.
You’ve become a fantastic craftsman.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#10 posted 09-28-2014 01:19 PM

Hey! You all are awesome! Thank you so much for the very high compliments and funnies. I’m continually learning from you and trying what I’ve learned. Eventually some stuff sticks and it shows!

I have to comfess that I already wrote a long set of replies to each of you but my phone just gave out as I hit post! Grr. Please accept my short thank you note and thanks for the lessons!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 09-28-2014 02:58 PM

That’s a nice one, Mark. The dog’s going to love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-28-2014 03:55 PM

A living Collage of past Projects, all well done including this one.

Best Regards. – Len
Work Safely and have Fun (re-purposing).

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#13 posted 09-29-2014 04:22 PM

Great job! Has that very distinctive “MarkTheFiddler” look. Congratulations on the DT3, and sorry I missed the party but I was out slaying trout all weekend and the wifi reception was worthless.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 09-29-2014 05:10 PM

Howdy, thanks again the the kind compliments.

The dog party status – they all had hangovers yesterday from their mysterious cache of booze. I have gone searching for the cache and found nothing except for a large hole in the garden. I suspect they either finished off their stash or they moved it.

There was an underlying agitation with the pooches yesterday as well. It seems they were missing out on a fishing trip with John. All three consoled themselves by hanging out in their new digs.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 09-30-2014 05:36 AM


You’ll need to get the A/C hooked up if you want to compete with Tammy Faye!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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