Dog Kennel

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Project by rustednail posted 06-11-2011 05:38 AM 2421 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We decided a few months ago to build a special project for a charity benefit to support a local animal shelter. Since everyone was in attendance was an animal lover we thought it was important that whatever we designed it should have been a piece that could be enjoyed by both animals and humans. What we came up with was a Kennel that is not a plastic eye sore, but something that can be comfortably be placed in any home.

-- Jeff Burke, Calhoun Ga,

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 06:02 AM

very cool! dont think i’ve ever seen a wooden dog kennel. If it were my spastic border collie when he was a puppy, he would have chewed his way out of that in less than a day! haha. Hes a nut.

I really like the design, and I really like the way you did the door with no hinge! all around awesome

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 12:54 PM

This is beautiful! I may have to do something like it for my older dog. He’s pretty mellow but will get sick getting into the garbage if he’s left loose when I go out. Unfortunately, my other younger dog likes to eat wood. It’s her equivalent of the garbage can. She has a wire kennel, but I’ve built a wooden shelf that goes over it to hide it. No where near as nice looking as this, but it at least give some storage rather than just making for a huge waste of floor space gone over to the dogs!

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 08:15 PM

As an animal lover and owner of dogs I say bravo, old chap. I am getting a golden retriever pup in a few weeks and this looks perfect for him or her. Too bad we already got a metal one. Drat!

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 04:31 PM

Very nice, this could also be used as an end table next to the sofa or whatever and the dog would still be right there with you.

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 07:58 PM

Great job. I am contemplating a wooden crate/end table for our English Springer Spaniel. Your project is motivating me to get started! Thanks.

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 10:09 PM

We have a lab / beagle mix that I need to build a not bug ugly kennel for. I was hoping to build something that could do double duty as a kennel and an end table. Not so much that we need the end table, but I want to integrate the dogs “Safe place” where the center of family activity is… I am unsure of what the critical dimensions I need to include are, do you have any tips / pointers for someone looking to design and build a wooden kennel?

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 11:46 PM

Well first i would say the size all depends on the size of your dog, So i can’t really give specific dimensions for you to use. I would say that it just needs to be tall enough that he can easily walk in and out of it, and wide and deep enough that he can lay down and stand up and turn around in. I would also say to look at different dog house sizes and use the inside dimensions as a starting point. Also you may want to incorporate some sort of padding so he can be comfortable while in it. I built mine with wooden slats, and in hindsight something a bit more durable like metal may be a better choice. I have heard of someone that built one for his dog and the dog was able to chew through the wood slats.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. and have fun measuring your dog:)

-- Jeff Burke, Calhoun Ga,

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#8 posted 03-12-2014 03:28 AM

Got it, The current plastic kennel is sized kind of right, it is WAY too tall for him, I figure I can use the width / depth dimensions and size it high enough to be even to the top of the sofa arms… No problem…

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