How to Build a Dog House

It will take a lot of time and effort to build a dog house. But with patience you will be able to construct one.

Required Tools and Materials

Tape measure
Lumber (2 x 4)

Step 1

Measure the dog. The minimum height has to be 9 inches. You can also go to a pet store. Inform the people what your dog breed is. They should be able to tell you what the dimensions should be.

Step 2

Start by making the frame. Saw the 2 x 4 lumber pieces based on the dimensions you have made. You can make it bigger than the required dimensions. Nail the 2 x 4 on a square frame. Connect these to 4 inch legs. You can make the legs using the 2 x 4s.

Step 3

The next step to build a dog house is to make the base. Cut a piece of plywood and join it to the frame. Make sure that it is nailed firmly. For extra strength, make it a double layer of plywood.

Step 4

Cut the walls according to the measurements you made. If you are using plywood, draw the wall patterns on the wood. Cut it with the saw. If you are working with 2 x 4s, saw the required number of wood pieces to create the walls.

Step 5

To build the roof, cut some plywood or 2 x 4s. Make sure it is large enough to cover the structure. After you build the roof, you can apply some shingles. If you add shingles, be sure to add some roofing nails and tar paper.

Step 6

The final step is to paint the dog house. There are many colors to
choose from. But what is important is that you use weather proof paint. This will prolong the life of the structure.

Tips and Warnings

Use a design template as guide when building the unit. You can make the drawing or download one off the Net. Make the plan as detailed as possible. This will make it easier to build the structure.

Always use the power tools with caution. The tools work in different ways. Always follow the instructions before using them. This is especially true for those using power tools for the first time.

The instructions to build a dog house given here can be adjusted if you want to make it bigger or smaller. You just have to adjust the size of the wood.

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