How To Make A Dog House

by Glen
3 Days
For this project, I made a modern doghouse.
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I started by marking the sides first then used the circular saw guide to make a straight cut.

After making the first cut, I repeated the same thing for the second side. Then, I cut the back as well.

The sides in the back are already cut, so I cut the top and the bottom. 

I used a ton of wood glue because I needed this to be as strong as it can be. I used a tight bond wood glue that’s outdoor rated. Then, I used 3/4 inch plywood to make all my joints. I pre-drilled and then used two inch decking screws to anchor that down.

Then, I took a piece of scrap wood and attached it to the top.
I flipped the house over and then attached the bottom. 

Once I got the bottom lined up, I pre-drilled and attached the bottom using screws. I wrapped the dog house using some premium tongue and groove white board.

These boards come in twelve foot sections and my miter saw area is not set up to do 12 foot cuts to I took my workpiece to the floor. I only mitered the front side of the dog house so when you look at it, it’s a clean look but on the back I just buddied them up to each other.

After my pieces were cut I started covering the back first. 

One one side of the dog house, I attached a piece of wood to use as a reference so that as I added each individual piece on, I had a stop. 

I glued the entire doghouse on one side and then I glued each individual board as I was adding them. 

Then, I attached them permanently using the nail gun. I found it better to just shoot the nails inside the groove, that way I didn’t have to touch up any holes on the surface. 
Since there’s not a ton of support on this side, I used pocket holes to hold this side of the trim on.

The side panel on this side of the dog house should be flush with the trim going around so I used a scrap piece to hold it in place and measured off of that.

After, adding glue, I installed the pocket hole screws. Attaching the other side should be much easier. I glued that and then installed screws from the inside. 

After my roof supports were up, I finished the siding.

The top part of the plywood was wrapped with 2x2 trim going around the top perimeter. And to the top of that, I added some plexiglass to give it a unique design and it’s like some upper windows.

I kept the roof simple with just a piece of plywood wrapped with some zinc metal. I secured the sheet metal to the plywood using some roofing screws which had a rubber washer on it. This prevents water from penetrating.

I used aluminum that I’ve had for years to cover up the front of the plywood. Then, I sanded the doghouse down to apply the finish.

I painted the interior, which helps with protecting the plywood and since it’s going to be outside and exposed to the elements, I used a sealer primer prior to adding the pain. I also added aluminum tape to add to the design and give it an interesting look.
I attached the roof using 1 inch galvanized L brackets inside all of the corners. 

I added a wood trim around the front and stained it a pecan stain from Minwax and some spray urethane on it.

To attach these pieces, I used some long screws from the inside. Then I installed the plexiglass around the perimeter. I set up the doghouse on a few concrete blocks and last but not least, I attached the roof. 

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  • Pro23921909 Pro23921909 on Jun 04, 2017

    No question -- just a compliment. Nice job Glen! Thanks for sharing what you did. I am sure your dog is appreciative of this endeavor.


  • Muriel Watkins Muriel Watkins on Jun 06, 2017

    What are the measurements of the your material.

  • Jba25189145 Jba25189145 on Jul 08, 2017

    looked like fun to build. where's the dog?

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  • Alejandra Alejandra on Oct 21, 2019

    Great job,you should start pattenting your projects.

  • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Apr 23, 2023

    Looks great! We had outdoor cats and used an insulated dog house for when they couldn’t get in the house right away. At -10C it was my big male cat’s limit. So with warming stuff inside and a cat door so to speak. Then it attracted a poor stray male with scars all over him. He stayed there all day and o fed him… sorry I went on too long.

    however that design of yours is one I don’t see much. If you could take some of the plexiglass out and back in easily, when it’s hot it would be great ventilation for the heat to escape.