How to make a dog kennel

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For this design, I'm using wood and round steel rods. Colors involved black spray paint, dark walnut stain, white paint and a gloss polyurethane finish.

I normally try to keep my videos short, but this one got carried away. I have no doubt in my mind that you will be able to follow every step I took or at least figure it out.

PLEASE let me know what you think about this video. Give criticisms… I can take it. I do ask that you at least say one thing positive if all you can think of are negative remarks. 😀

If anything is confusing, I have no problem making a follow up video or a demonstration. You can most likely find these videos but I can make a concise one if you don't feel like watching a 20min video on "how to use a chop saw" haha… because it only should be 2 min long and people don't like making concise videos.

If you have any ideas for designs I'm all ears. I love woodworking in my free time. It's relaxing.

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26 Comments on “How to make a dog kennel”

  1. Nice work. Any more information on the round steel rods? Is this like the cold rolled steel? What lengths were you able to buy them in? Thanks!

    1. Hey Jordan, Thanks! Those are in-fact 3/8″ cold rolled steel rods. I was able to find them in sizes 48inches and 24inches. I got some from Home Depot and the rest from Lowes. I cut them with an abrasive saw blade on my miter saw.

  2. HUGE note I want to make.
    After using this kennel for quite some time, I realized that the doors weren’t really reinforced to hold in a large dog and that I failed to include this in the video. My dog, shadow, could get out if he wanted to.
    If you have a dog like mine, a 110lb golden retriever, you will need to brace one of the doors. I chose the right door. You’ll want to put two locking attachments on the door, one on the bottom and one on the top. I used to just use on the bottom, but I didn’t like that the door bent awkward under pressure when it was only braced on one side. The link to a sample of what I’m talking about is as follows:

    1. I generally use the left door to let him in and keep the right door static. You can unlock the right door if you would wish, but I’m lazy and he doesn’t mind going in one door.

    2. Now you can say, “Then what is the point of two doors?” (1) For looks. (2) I open both doors to clean the kennel, and both doors helped me detach to the top when I moved the kennel because I had room to work.
      And you can say “Well just make one big door then.” I could, but you would also have to brace that giant door and I don’t have enough swing room to allow such an opening.

  3. Is there a way you can attach a doc or pdf with the materials list and the specific cuts? My FIL is gonna help me but he would like a plan to work with.

  4. hey bro! great video. I have a question…Can it be used for air travel ?. Will it meet the travel requirements? thanks!

    1. Thanks for the compliment!
      About the air travel however… I am not sure. Not really knowledgeable in that area. I would try to ask around/search forums

  5. I bought excellent handbook from woodprix website. Just google woodprix and start your journey to the better life

    1. I got a variety pack from Walmart that had 1″ to 3″ screws. I mainly used 1″ screws on this build. Zinc plated is fine.

  6. When I’ve tried to look at the plans you posted, I keep getting an error 404 message. Is there anything you can do on your end to help so I can see your plans? I’m excited to make this for our puppy!

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