Protection from wind and rain is necessary for all dogs who live not in the house, but in the yard. This article is a step-by-step instruction for building a dog booth with your own hands from plywood and standard sawn timber.
Remember that the booth should be proportional to the size of your dog. In a very small kennel, the animal will be cramped. But the large does mean that it is good, because dogs, as a rule, feel more protected in a dwelling, limited in size. In addition, a properly sized booth will help your pet to use the warmth of his body to warm the air inside, and in cold weather will make staying there comfortable.
Drawings and necessary materials
Drawing of a dog booth:
Attention! All dimensions on the plan are in inches (1 inch = 2.5 cm).
This project is designed for small and medium-sized dogs, whose weight does not exceed 20-25 kilograms. For the manufacture of basic structural elements, you only have one sheet of 18 mm plywood.
Wood is a natural heat insulator, thanks to which the box will be cool in hot summer and warm in winter. The safety of your dog is a priority issue, so try to choose high quality sawn timber. Use wood treated with preservatives under pressure, only to create a base that your pet can not gnaw, because pressed wood (DSP) contains harmful chemicals that can harm the animal.
Preparation of sawn timber:
- Saw four bars with a section of 5x10 cm to create a base: two 55 cm long and two lengths of 56.2 cm.
- Eat eight spruce or pine bars with a cross-section of 5x5 cm to create a frame: four lengths of 37.5 cm for vertical racks in the corners of the booth and four lengths of 32.5 cm for the roof frame.
Step 1 - Markup
At the beginning of our article there is an image containing a drawing of the booth, which we will build with you under this project. Once again, please note that all dimensions on this plan are in inches. We strongly recommend that you do not just download the file and print the already prepared schema, and make your own drawings of the booth for the dog with the sizes that your pet needs, check it several times and double-check it.
To begin with, you must transfer the dimensions from the drawing to the plywood sheet. Use a ruler and a square to reproduce the pattern accurately. Take into account that on the plywood individual fragments should not come in contact with each other: you should take into account the width of the cut saw blade.
Make an entrance opening about 25 cm wide and 33 cm high. The lower edge (threshold) should be 7.5 cm to cover the bottom and partly the bottom panel of the base. The height of the entrance opening should be about 3/4 of the height of the dog. A large opening is not needed, since dogs prefer to enter the booth, bending their heads, this helps them to feel that their home is a cozy and protected place. In addition, a small opening allows you to keep warm in winter. Use any round shape and suitable size to draw the arched top of the entrance opening - a plate, frisbee or a lid from the pan is perfect.
Step 2 - sawing out the plywood fragments of the structure
Punch out all the marked fragments from the plywood. Before doing this, rigidly fix the sheet, this will ensure a straight saw without splitting. In addition, to reduce chipping and splitting, be sure to use a sharp cloth. It does not matter whether you are sawing directly on the drawn line, to the right or to the left of it, but only on condition that throughout the process you stick to the chosen strategy, i.e. all cuts will do the same.
When cutting roof panels, cut one long edge of each panel at an angle of 45 degrees. This will ensure that they fit tightly in the place where the two rays meet. Before you change the cutting angle of your circular saw, do not forget to turn it off, however, it should be done with any adjustments to the tool mode. When cutting, make sure that you see both the blade and the cut line.
Use a jigsaw with a blade to cut the plywood to cut through the entrance opening. Pre-drill 1 cm hole - the starting point - in each lower corner of the opening. Carefully follow the line drawn. When the sawing process comes to an end, support the cut-out piece to prevent the plywood from breaking off.
If there is poor ventilation in the box, the air in it will be too warm and stuffy in summer, which means that your pet will experience discomfort. A few holes in the back panel near the ridge will ensure good air circulation. Drill three evenly spaced 35 mm holes. Directly under the drilling site, place under the plywood the edge of the board or bar to reduce the probability of splitting the material.
When you have finished cutting all the plywood blanks, grind their edges with a hand grinder or a sanding pad, and then with medium-grained sandpaper to eliminate any irregularities and jaggies.
Step 3 - build the base
Assemble the base frame from 5x10 cm bars. The base raises the floor of the booth a few centimeters above the ground. Air cushion under the floor will help keep it dry and will keep heat. Using a circular saw, cut two blocks of length 55 cm and two lengths of 56.2 cm. When cutting pressure-treated wood, always wear a mask to protect the eyes and face from dust.
Longer bars should overlap the ends of shorter ones. Count out the pre-drilled guide holes and fasten the base unit's components together with 75 mm galvanized screws (two at each end).
Place the lower plywood panel on the assembled base and make sure that its edges are flush with the edges of the bars. Fix the floor of the booth on the base with 30 mm galvanized screws, drowning their heads just below the surface plane.
Step 4 - Assembly of the side walls
Cut out the frame elements from the bars with a section of 5x5 cm. Assemble the side walls, fixing along the edges of the plywood fragments bars measuring 37.5 cm long, which will function as racks. The top end of each bar should be flush with the top edge of the plywood, the lower edge of the plywood wall will be longer than the bar-stand by 2.5 cm. Each bar must be fixed with three 30 mm galvanized screws. Install the side walls on the bottom of the booth and secure with self-tapping screws along the entire length of the lower edge every 10-12 cm.
Now attach the back wall so that its lower edge is flush with the lower edges of the side walls. Fix it with 30 mm galvanized screws, screwed in every 10 cm at the location of vertical racks. At the bottom edge, attach the rear wall to the floor panel, making sure that the ends of the screws do not protrude through the plywood floor.
Similarly, fix the front wall.
Step 5 - fixing the roof panels
Lock the bars section 5x5 cm and length 32.5 cm along the short sides of the roof panels. Each bar should be located at an equal distance from the top and bottom edges of the plywood section. For their fastening use 30 mm galvanized self-tapping screws (three for each bar).
Arrange the roof panels on the box, making sure that they are, firstly, evenly placed relative to the front and rear walls of the booth and, secondly, fit tightly to each other at the junction (on the roof ridge). Secure the 30 mm roofing panels with galvanized screws screwed in through the front and back walls of the booth into the roof frame.
Step 6 - roof lining
First cover the entire roof with one piece of roofing paper. This is an additional layer of protection, which will ensure the dryness inside the booth. You can fix the roofing material with 10 mm galvanized staples, using a construction stapler for this. Using a knife, trim the edges of the roofing material flush with the edges of the plywood roof panels.
Now you can proceed to the roofing with roofing tiles (soft bituminous shingles). In this case, it is necessary to make sure that the ends of the nails with which you will attach the tile will not stick out inside the kennel, passing through the plywood roof panels, because they can injure an animal. Therefore, at this stage, use zinc-coated roofing nails with a length of no more than 18 mm.
The first row of roofing tiles must be laid along the bottom edge of the roof. In this case, the shingles should extend beyond the plywood panels by ~ 2 cm, this will help protect the wood from moisture. Continue to fasten the roofing material, moving from the bottom up. Each next layer must overlap the previous one, below. The hats of the nails with which you fasten the shingles must necessarily be closed by the upper layer of the material, because this is the place of potential penetration of rainwater. Repeat the process on the other ramp. Do not forget to cover and the roof ridge, bending the tile at an angle of 90 degrees.
If this is necessary, you can trim the excess material after finishing the work, using a knife with a blade to cut the shingles. Do not forget, however, that the roofing material should protrude ~ 2 cm in all directions outside the plywood skates.
Step 7 - Final touches
Color the box using a low-volatile, low-volatile organic compound paint for outdoor use. Beforehand, you can hide the screw holes using wood putty.
So we built our own hands a simple booth for the dog. Before allowing your pet to go inside the kennel, wait until the paint dries completely (at least one or two days).
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