This step by step diy woodworking project is about diy dog house plans. If you want to learn more about how to build a dog house for your backyard, we recommend you to read the instructions and to pay attention to the detailed diagrams. Plan every step of the woodworking project from the very beginning, in order to keep the costs under control and to get a professional result.
It is essential to invest in high-quality materials that are weather-resistant, such as pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Pre-drill the lumber before inserting the screws, to prevent the lumber from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid and a highly-durable structure.
- A - 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long JOISTS
- B - 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 24″x24″ long FLOORING
- C - 9 pieces of 2×2 – 12″ long STUDS
- D - 4 piece of 2×2 lumber – 21″ long, 4 pieces – 24″ long PLATES
- E - 2 pieces of 3/4′ plywood – 24″x17 1/2″, 2 pieces – 25 1/2″x30 1/4″ WALLS
- F – 6 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 20″ long, 1 piece – 24″ long, 4 pieces – 20″ long RAFTERS
- G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 21″x28 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 21 3/4″x28 1/2″ long ROOFING
- I – 20 sq ft of tar paper, 2o sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING
- H – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 28 1/2″ long, 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 21″ long TRIMS
DIY Dog House Plans
Top Tip: There are many plans and instructions to choose from when building a dog house, so make sure you work with attention and select the right project for your needs.
Building a dog house
The first step of the woodworking project is about building a dog house. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to cut the 2×4 components at the right size and to assemble them together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws.
Check if the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws and drill pilot holes, to prevent the wood from splitting. Attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood over the joists and lock it into place with screws.
Building the wall frames is the next step of the project. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber and assemble them together with galvanized screws. Align the components before inserting the screws, making sure you work on a level surface.
Top Tip: Lay the wall frames to the flooring and secure it into place with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and secure them into place with screws.
Building the exterior walls is a straight forward process, but you need to take accurate measurements and to get the job done with a circular saw. Mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood and cut the walls with a saw.
Top Tip: Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper before fitting the sheets to the wall frames. Drill a starting hole and cut out the door opening with a jigsaw.
Attach the plywood sheets to the wall frames and secure them to the studs with screws. Align the components with attention, making sure the edges of the walls are flush one with another.
Building the rafters for the dog house is a complex process, as you need to take accurate measurements. Mark the cut lines on the 2×2 rafters and cut them at the right size and shape by using a circular saw.
Cut one end of the rafters at 45 degrees and make a small notch, in order to fit into place properly. Continue the process until you have made all the rafters for the dog house roof.
Fit the rafters into place, as shown in the image, and lock them to the top plates and to the top ridge. Place the rafters equally-spaced and lock them into place with galvanized screws.
Top Tip: As you can easily notice, you should also attach rafters to the exterior of the front and back walls, in order to enhance the look of the dog house and to create a rigid structure. Work with attention and with great care.
Attach 3/4″ plywood sheets over the rafters and lock them into place with galvanized screws. Make sure the roofing sheets are centered over the roofing structure before inserting the screws.
Build the front and back trims out of 1×3 lumber and lock them to the rafters with finishing nails. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees before locking them into place, to get a professional result.
After building the structure of the dog house, we recommend you to cover the roof with tar paper. Make sure the strips of tar paper overlap at least 2″. Secure the tar paper with staples.
Top Tip: Start installing the asphalt shingles to the roofing from the bottom section towards the top. Make sure you read the instructions before installing the asphalt shingles, in order to get a professional result.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the dog house in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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