How I built this BIG dog house.

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As a beginner woodworker this was my first doghouse project! My brother asked me to build him a BIG doghouse and so I did. I used the trial version of Sketch Up to design this before building it and it took almost 30 hours to finish this. Any constructive criticism is welcome as I am always looking to learn something. Thank You for watching!

My inspiration for this dog house was by Colin Furze

I learned how to make lap-joints from Paul Ricalde

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54 Comments on “How I built this BIG dog house.”

    1. Thank you. I am familiar with tools and basic cuts but things like lap joints and other wood cuts are new to me. I was actually more excited to try them than anything lol

    1. Alexa GarzaThank you and Absolutely. I am currently swamped at work. As soon as I get some free time I’ll post them and let you know.

  1. I love this! I am planning to build a doghouse for my dog over Christmas break. Would it be possible for you to upload the dimensions and possibly a supply list? Thanks!

    1. Hey Thank You! I have been REALLY busy the last few weeks but next week is a slow one, I will post them in the description of the video and let you know!

    1. The dog is my brothers and was inside/backyard during the build process. When the house was finished it was to dark to get video but he warmed up to it quick! : )

  2. this is what i love to see. people being inspired by watching youtube videos then going out and building away…i love it! and hope everyone does the same after watching videos like this… 🙂

  3. Only a couple small things I would have changed. One is the window. You mentioned one of the minor things with the way that the joints lapped (this is really minor though). The other thing I would have done is to put the plexiglass inside of the frame (centered) and made a slight down-slope on the sill plate. Much the same way a normal window is constructed; it would help with keeping water out. The other thing that I would have changed is longer screws for the 2x but joints, 3.5 instead of 2.5 ….

    I’ve been building crap for nearly 35 years and I can say that your construction methods were spot on and you did a great job. I would even say that this is over built but that’s not a bad thing, especially with a structure that can be broken down into parts. Stronger construction is a good thing in parts that can potentially be moved around.

    1. Ian Ide Great feedback! Thank you. The first plan was actually to center the plexiglass like you mentioned but make it removable being weather proof still. (Place the glass on the inside piece and pull it to the inside to allow air flow on cooler days) I couldn’t figure out a way to be able to keep a good seal when it was in place so I just made it one complete unit. I actually did tilt the window to the outside a little to allow the water to drain because like you mentioned, I didn’t want water to collect against the glass. I plan on doing some minor upgrades later on. It means a lot to have experienced carpenters say this was good. Thank you much!!!

    2. Tilting the entire window frame is very good solution in this situation; that would definitely keep all the water out. Understand my original thoughts come from the idea of pleasing the customer and the thought of tilting a window wouldn’t have entered my mind. Just try that at a home-owners house “um ya I’m just going to tilt this window” heh…. Very cool idea though, and if you are satisfied with it aesthetically, the chances are that no one else will even notice.

    3. Ian Ide I completely understand. If I remember correctly I think it was 1/8th or 2/8th inch tilt from a being level. Next build I’m going to have to do my research and learn how to do it correctly. Any videos you recommend?

    4. I haven’t really looked around for videos that explain how to build a window. What little that I have seen all show conventional window construction and placement into a standard opening. There are several factors that you can keep in mind though.

      Make the sill angle about 10°-14°, cut this piece custom to fit nicely.

      You can add a 1/8″ deep slot on the window casement to positively locate the glass; it’s not necessary but it helps during construction. You can caulk directly onto the edges of the glass, into the slot, and it will be water tight. Trim against the glass as desired but keep in mind that uncaulked trim is just a spot for water to set. Notice that I said “set” not leak. This used to be handled by window Glazing (another semi-obsolete practice).

      Window design is a bit of an art, and to avoid dry rot from resting water, places for water to run off should be built in. Today’s standard vinyl casement window has actual holes built in that allow water to run out of the bottom front (of course this a completely different window) but you’ll want to develop a similar mindset.

      When trimming the outside against the siding all trim is water tight except for the bottom piece where in comes in contact with the side trim. In fact you can create a natural water channel by making the bottom trim the short piece.

      So the top piece of trim is long, the left and right but up to the top. Top, left, and right are caulked water tight at this point. The left and right are also long and the bottom trim fits between them. Only caulk the bottom trim water tight where it comes into contact with the window casement. Put the trim on all together, no need to wait for the previous caulking to dry, but do not caulk the seems between the left/right and bottom trim. It is impossible to make it all 100% water tight (without extreme measures) and this seemingly minor detail gives water a place to go (down and outside) instead of resting.

      You can even make the bottom trim a tiny bit short, perhaps 1/8″ and split the gap on each side 1/16″, no one will see it from 5′ away. You might even consider cutting a slight 5° angle at the top facing surface of the bottom piece of trim. Hopefully I didn’t carry on to much and this makes sense. This all might sound like overkill for a simple window but a few simple steps will make a good long lasting window that keeps the outside out.

    1. American Patriot Thank you!! My little man wants to be with daddy all the time! I love it. I put some oldies country on in those ear muffs and he was just enjoying himself.

    1. Zea Samudio Hey thank you. When I first built it a few people had commented about it being a waist of wood because of the size, so when I completed the video I wasn’t sure if id get roasted or not lol I think its great.

  4. Hey buddy, I’m a retired custom home builder and just wanted to say I’m proud of ya for what you did!!! You ought to be proud of yourself as well.

    I have known many carpenters over the years that had 10+ years of experience that couldn’t build a dog house as nice as what you did for your first project.

    Keep buying tools off Craigslist buddy so you can keep this hobby alive if you enjoy it because you sure have the talent to do awesome things.

    If anyone has been negative about anything don’t worry about what they say, they are just jealous and remember, we all have to start somewhere and all of us have our first project, just happens that you have one to be extremely proud of, well done brother!!!!

    1. Don Pfeiffer Don Thank you so much. This comment made my day. Coming from someone with your background and experience this means so much. Thank you sincerely sir.

    2. Emit Salazar your very welcome!! It’s really nice to see someone in a couple of the younger generations taking the initiative to get out there and just do it. Once you know and understand construction basic principles then there’s nothing better than just getting out there and cutting some boards and hammering some nails, there’s no better teacher than yourself!

      Take care buddy and if you ever have questions on anything just hollar but by looks of it you’ve got it covered so just go build my friend, I’m proud of ya buddy

    3. Don Pfeiffer Thank you. I liked this comment so much it will stay pinned as the top comment. I appreciate your time. If I have any questions with my next build, I will contact you.

  5. Another great video Emit, I’m at the Firehouse right now and had the pleasure of watching your work! Keep up the videos, you are a very good teacher. P.S. Your helper is AWESOME!

    1. Paul Ricalde Thank you again. I get my inspiration from you. You’re a great teacher. I’ve learned and still learn so much from your channel. God Bless You.

  6. Hello Emit, sorry to bother you I know you’re very busy, but I was wondering if I could get the blueprints/measurements? I’m going to try and make this house for my sister as gift for her German Shepherd. This is by far the best dog house I’ve seen . Thanks man!

  7. I can’t even cut paper in a straight line… my dog will continue to enjoy indoor privileges lol.

  8. Hey Emit. I didn’t read all the comments but if someone dogged you for this project they need to have their head checked. This was awesome dude. I struggle cutting straight lines and you showing the tool you used to help fix that has been a big help. I appreciate that. I started building my own big dog house and i was wondering how you got the angles for your 4×6’s. This is my first A frame attempt so any help would be awesome. I watched some other videos and they did all this math that kind of blew my mind. Any help would be awesome.

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