This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a double dog house. If you want to learn more about building this project in your backyard, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Read the information shown in the diagrams with great care and adjust the design of the dog house to suit your needs and to fit your budget.
It is essential to select the lumber with great care before starting the actual construction of the double dog house. Use weather-resistant lumber (pressure-treated lumber) and plywood, but make sure the slats are perfectly straight and in a very good visual condition. Take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components to the right size and locking them together.
There many other backyard constructions that you could build for your favorite pets, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the woodworking projects. In addition, you need to get a look over the part two of the project, if you want to learn more about how to build the roof of the dog house. Plan everything from the very beginning, in order to save time and money.
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Building a double dog house
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 11 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – “2 pieces of 2×4 lumber 73 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 36 1/2″ long JOISTS
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 39 1/2″x73 1/2″ long FLOORING
- D – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33″ long, 6 pieces – 21 1/4″ long, 8 pieces – 36 1/2″ long WALLS
- E – 3 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 39 1/2″x40″, 1 piece – 27″x74 1/2, 1 piece – 40″x74 1/2″ long WALLS
- 14 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 4 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 6d nails
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
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- PART 1: How to build a double dog house
- PART 2: How to build a dog house roof
How to build a double dog house
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the floor. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to assemble the frame using 2×4 slats and 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together after making sure the corners are right-angled.
Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert the galvanized screws into the joists. Cut the legs at the right size and attach them to the frame with screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right size and attach it to the frame of the floor. Make sure the edges are aligned at both ends before inserting the screws and locking it into place. Smooth the cut edges before securing the plywood piece into place, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.
Building the front wall frames is a straight-forward process, but it requires a proper planning and quality materials. Use pressure-treated lumber to build the components but make sure the measurements are really accurate. Lay the wall frames into place and secure them to the flooring with screws and waterproof glue.
Continue the project in the same manner described above. Cut the components properly and assemble the wall frame on a level surface before fitting them into place. Plumb the wall frames with a spirit level before locking them into place.
Fitting the front wall is a simple step, but you need to take accurate measurements and to invest in weather-resistant 3/4″ plywood. Make the door openings with a jigsaw after drilling the starting holes. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper in order to prevent your pets from getting injured.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right dimensions and secure it to wall frames with galvanized screws. Align the plywood piece at both ends before inserting the screws.
Continue the woodworking project by building the side walls and fitting them into place with nails. Mark the cut lines with a pencil before adjusting their size with a circular saw. Attach the pieces of plywood to both sides of the dog house with finishing nails.
Build the partition panel from 1/2″ plywood. Mark the cut lines on the sheet and get the job done with a circular saw.
Fit the partition to the frame of the double dog house. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the panel into place tightly. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.
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