Dog Crate Night Stand/End Table

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Project by AlpE posted 08-13-2020 12:51 AM 821 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back some friends of mine got a new puppy and were having all the normal troubles people have with puppies and sleeping. They managed to crate train the pup, but really didn’t like the aesthetics of a wire crate. They also lived in an apartment at the time where space is at a premium. Tying up useful real estate with an ugly crate just wasn’t functional for them for the long haul. While talking to them about this situation I decided I could probably come up a solution that pulled double duty as a side table of sorts and worked as a crate, and I was reasonably confident that I could create something that looked at least as good as a spartan wire crate. I figured, at least in the looks department, the bar was set pretty low with the wire crate.

To be perfectly honest, this was a bigger challenge than I thought it was going to be. I sketched up a design that I thought was a nice blend of arts and crafts and mission style to match their headboard and was ready to start. Almost as an afterthought, I decided I had better ask them how big this puppy was going to get when it was full grown before I started the milling process. As it turns out, my original plan was far too small for their pup to grow into. Because this was supposed to function as a table of sorts, simply scaling up my original plan didn’t really work all that well because it violated too many of the space constraints for where they envisioned putting this. Because of these adjustments, the end result is a piece of furniture that looks a lot more like a dog crate than I had originally planned.

Thankfully, my initial assessment about the aesthetic bar being so low with a wire crate that it would be hard to not make something that was an improvement proved correct just not not by the margin I thought. It certainly wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be either.

The whole table/crate is made of flat sawn white oak except for the legs and table top banding, which are quarter sawn. Its entirely constructed with mortise and tenon joinery with a floating table top.

The owners were happy with it and apparently so was pup. Below is a picture of him on the inaugural sleep trial. The dogs is full sized now, but I’m told he still goes in here when he wants his own space or to take naps, though I don’t think he spends the nights in there any more.

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#1 posted 08-13-2020 07:51 AM

looks really good, you do nice work.

-- Robbi

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#2 posted 08-13-2020 02:04 PM

Beautiful work. We had a similar issue with a new pup that we got as a companion for our existing dog. We housed them in separate crates at night but the new puppy cried most of the night keeping us up. not having a large house we also had space issues so I built a bench for the living room that houses both dogs and they are now living happily ever after. Amazing what you can do with to make things come together. Again, beautiful job, and thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 08-13-2020 02:19 PM

Nice! Looks to be a good match with the headboard, too.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 08-13-2020 06:25 PM

Great idea! Love the style. I would worry that the dog might chew the wood

-- Petey

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#5 posted 08-13-2020 09:23 PM

This is great. Well done!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 08-13-2020 11:29 PM

I really love the stain color and the whole design.

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#7 posted 08-14-2020 01:31 AM

Its looks great! I certainly need to add this to my to do list lol I don’t like looking at the wire cages either.

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