This step by step woodworking project is about XL dog house plans free. I have designed this dog house so you can shelter your favorite pet, even if it is extra large. The structure of the dog house is super sturdy and you can fit insulation between the studs, if you want to make it even more cozy. My plans come with step by step instructions and you can easily adjust all the dimensions to suit your needs. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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XL Dog House – Free DIY Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 5 pieces – 45″ long FLOOR FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long FLOOR
- C – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long BACK WALL
- D – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 1 piece – 60″ long, 1 piece – 3 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 38 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 18″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 56 3/4″x60″ long, 1 piece – 44 3/4″x60″ long EXTERIOR WALLS
- 13 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 11 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build an extra large dog house
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the floor of the dog house. Cut the joists from 2×4 lumber and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood floor to the frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws into place, every 8″ along the joists.
Continue the project by assembling the frame of the front wall. Use 2×4 lumber for all the components. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure you take accurate measurements before fitting the components into place. Check if the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Build the side walls for the dog house from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Use the same techniques described above to build the back wall.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the large dog house. Make sure the edges are flush, then drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the joists. In addition, you have to secure the adjacent walls together tightly using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.
Use T1-11 siding for the exterior walls. Mark the cut lines to the sheets and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result. Attach the panel to the exterior of the dog house frame. Align the edges with attention and insert 2″ nails, every 8″.
Cut the panel for the back wall frame and fit them into place with 2″ nails. Align the edges with attention.
This dog house is sturdy and it can accommodate a XL dog.
You can make a few adjustments to my plans and add insulation to the walls, floor and roof of the shelter. There are many upgrades you can make to these plans, so they suit your needs perfectly. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 of the dog house project, where I show you how to build the roof structure.
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