Timber Frame Dog Kennel

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Project by mochasatin posted 03-04-2021 01:32 AM 2223 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been two years since our last dog passed and my wife an I decided to get two Golden Retrievers. We needed a safe place to keep the dogs while we ran errands so we decided to build a 10’ x 14’ Timber Frame kennel. This was also a good project to work on while in isolation due to Covid-19. It took approximately 5 months to finish the timber frame. I still need to add a smaller dog house inside, run a water line and install landscaping. The timelapse in this video just covers the timber frame build.

Where I live in North Florida, Longleaf Pine is the least expensive and most plentiful wood species available. The disadvantage of Longleaf is it’s Janka hardness of 870 compared to Eastern White Pine with a Janka hardness of 380. The other disadvantage is the Longleaf pine oozes a lot of sap as it dries which shows up through the Mahogany stain I used.

For this project, I opted to use a chainsaw to cut the large, deep mortises. A chain mortiser would have been easier and more accurate, but I could not justify the expense for a detached dog kennel structure. I did not have a lot of experience using a chainsaw, but I became more efficient and more accurate over time. I tried to use an electric chainsaw to limit the noise and fumes, but ended up breaking three different models after an hour or two. I finally ended up buying a small 14” Echo Chainsaw to finish the work.

The most unique thing about this project was the use of a Boom Derrick to handle the large beams. The largest beams weighed approximately 400 lbs before cutting to length. The Boom Derrick was constructed using the instructions from the Army Field Manual “FM 5-125 Rigging Techniques, Procedures and Applications”. I cut and stripped the pine poles used to construct the Boom Derrick from my property. I spent approximately $500 total on rigging materials which compares favorably to $500+ per day to rent a boom crane. I initially used a 2500 lb winch and remote from Harbor Freight, but it burned out approximately a third of the way through the project. The winch was under powered and slow to use. I ultimately just connected the winch line to my pickup hitch to lift the beams. In the video, you will see the flow move from left to right with the boom covering most of the range. The raw pine beams are on the left. The boom moves the beams to the saw horses on the slab in the center where they are cut and stained. Finally, the beams are moved to the finished area on the right. The Boom Derrick took about 2 days to construct and rig. Overall it worked much better than I expected. It easily cleared the 14’ height of the structure when attaching the rafters.

I will do a second, shorter video after the entire project is completed with an interior dog house, water line, landscaping etc.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 02:20 AM

Wow, nice work! My dog got jealous as we watched the video.

-- Ben

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#2 posted 03-04-2021 03:20 AM

thats the most incredible dog kennel ive ever seen.time to get some more dogs too fill it?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 03-04-2021 04:44 AM

Nice, the dogs live better than me. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-04-2021 11:34 AM

WOW, that is an amazing build. Great job. And yes the dogs have a wonderful place.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 03-04-2021 01:32 PM

Very nice kennel the dogs are in great hands. Nice work on the kennel.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 03-04-2021 02:18 PM

nice , way nice… those pups are lucky to have you.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 03-05-2021 03:19 AM

That came out fantastic! Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 03-05-2021 03:25 AM

I’ll add my “wow” to the list. What a great setup. Lucky pups!

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#9 posted 03-05-2021 03:37 AM

Now that’s incredibly good. Excellent results; worthwhile, functional, aesthetically pleasing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 03-05-2021 01:00 PM

Thank you every one for the nice praise. Like everyone else at Lumberjocks, I just enjoy working with wood in a variety of ways.

-- Scott

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#11 posted 06-14-2021 11:13 PM

That boom derrick is awesome. Timberframe too!

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#12 posted 06-16-2021 07:11 PM

That boom derrick is awesome. Timberframe too!

- g19

Thanks. It was pretty easy and inexpensive to setup. You can scale it up for larger projects too. I saved all the pieces for my next Timber Frame project.

-- Scott

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#13 posted 12-11-2021 05:20 PM

What a cool structure. Proportions are spot on. Thanks for showing your lifting methods – impressive. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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