How To Build An Indoor Dog Kennel (DIY)

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This is how I built a multi purpose dog kennel that doubles as a console table. This kennel not only looks great but doubles as a media table or sofa table. Perfect for housing your dogs or puppies while you are away from home. This makes a great diy project and an awesome doggie den. This video can be used for DIY kennel ideas. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe if you like what I do. This post contains affiliate links.

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61 Comments on “How To Build An Indoor Dog Kennel (DIY)”

    1. Do you recall what you spent on the materials since I wouldn’t mind trying it out for my Great Dane?

  1. Awesome project. I am trying to plan a double dog kennel for two 60 lb. dogs. Do you happen to have a measurement list for the lumber used?

    1. OFP sorry I don’t. This one measured 5 feet long by 20 feet deep by 30 inches high. I didn’t make a cut list. I wish now that I had. Again, sorry that’s not much help.

    1. Ryan Malone I think you could use 1x material if you have smaller bars and proper bracing/support. The 2x material just gives you a good amount of room to work with when drilling holes for the bars.

    2. 731 Woodworks I bought 1/2 inch round bar for a previous project so I planned on using that. Now that i think about it I probably wouldldnt have enough meat on a 1by to drill the holes

    3. 731 Woodworks well ill let you know how it goes like you i have a busy work schedule so it will be awhile. I just subscribed and keep up the good work!

  2. Love the kennel. Thanks for posting the video, it has been a huge help to us. We are working on making a double kennel using your video with some modifications to guide us. Can you give me any more information on how you made the top? I see below that you used pocket holes to attach it. What size boards did you use for the top?

    1. Lily Beach thank you. We used 2×6’s for the top. Joined them together with pocket hole joinery and attached them with pocket holes as well.

    2. Did you rip down the 2×6’s at all and how much overhang did you allow for on the sides, front and back? The last time we tried to join multiple 1×6’s together using the Kreg, the panels began curving after a few days. Maybe we had the setting on our Kreg jig wrong? Thank you for the information and your help!

    3. Lily Beach I allowed a 1 inch overhang all the way around. I had to rip them down slightly. I used my table saw and a straight edge to edge joint them first. If you have a jointer you can use that. That should help with the curving. I have a video here on my channel to show how I edge joint using a straight edge and table saw.

    1. WAYNE DIBART Thanks! How big are you going to make yours? I don’t have skills lol. I’m learning everyday and just like sharing my work. Good luck on yours!

    1. 731 Woodworks Yes. In next few weeks. I have a lot of oak hardwood flooring that I’d like to repurpose.

  3. With the dimensions you used, approximately how much did the kennel weigh after completion? Great video, btw. Thank you!

  4. Man, I really appreciate you putting out this video. I’m just getting started in woodworking and my first project is a double dog kennel for our 2 Boxers. I’ve watched numerous videos and yours was by far the most informative one on YouTube. And hopefully mine comes out as nice as yours did. Thx, for the great vid you gained a sub!

    1. Thank you for the feedback and kind words. Share a pic with me on Instagram or Facebook when yours is done if you don’t mind. Would love to see it. Do you have any other projects in mind after the kennel?

    2. 731 Woodworks I do actually and your channel has been a extremely helpful in how I approach those projects. Next on my list is 2 desks for the kids rooms, a bookshelf and then maybe a coffee and end tables similar to yours.

    3. @stonecrazy3
      Curious about your final product as I’m looking to take on the same project for our two boxers also. Curious about the measurements you allowed/used. If you don’t mind sharing?

    4. Shandi Scott Hi, don’t mind sharing at all. I based mine off the size of the dog crates we had our boxers in. We had them in the large 42” crates, so I tried to get it as close to possible as that. However, I used 2 by material as in this video and with it being a larger kennel it is extremely heavy! The top is 30”x88” the enclosure outer dimensions are 28”x85” the height with feet and top is 33”. So it gives each dog an interior size of 25”x40.25”x27”tall. The only thing I did different on mine from Matt’s other than size for 2 dogs, is use plywood for the floor and I made wooden balusters for the side panels and divider instead of using the metal bars. We stained it rustic gray then went over it with a white glaze to give it a weathered look. It came out really nice!

    1. I just ripped the edge off, about 1/8” on each side if I remember correctly. Making them about 3 1/4” wide.

    1. I think the rebar is 23″ long if I remember correctly. You can buy some pre cut to 24″ long, it’s just a little more costly than buying it uncut from a local store. (affiliate links below) Here’s a link to it if you’re interested:

      Also the screws are Kreg 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws found here:

    1. I am a fan of the Kreg K5:

      The Kreg K4 is a good option too.

      The difference is the K5 has the work supports on each side, which I like. But the K4 has a metal clamping mechanism which is a little better in my opinion. It’s a personal preference.

      You can save some money by getting the R3 You’ll just need to clamp it down for each pocket hole. It’s not great but it gets the job done. It’s what I started with and used for a few months. I quickly saw that I needed something that would allow me to drill more holes faster. That’s why I went with the K5. But if you only do a few projects here and there, I think the R3 is a good deal. There is also a deal with a R3 and a clamp here:

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    2. 731 Woodworks thanks appreciate it think I’ll get k4 from lowes should be good for projects like this uh..

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