Dog House Plans for Small Dogs

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This step by step diy project is about dog house shed for small dogs. I have designed this small dog house, so you can shelter your favorite pet in proper conditions. Use 2×2 lumber for the frame of the dog house so you can create a rigid and durable frame. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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Dog House Plans for Small Dogs

Building a dog house

Building a dog house

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 3 pieces – 17″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • B – 1 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 20″x24″ long FLOOR
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 3 pieces – 11″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 1/2″ plywood – 16″x24″ long, 2 pieces – 20″x27″ long SIDE WALLS
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 16″ long SUPPORTS
  • F – 3 piece of 2×2 lumber – 16″ long, 3 pieces – 17 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • G – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 17 1/2″x30 long, 1 piece – 18″x30″ long ROOF
  • H – 15 sq ft of tar paper, 15 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING

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How to build a small dog house

Floor frame

Floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the dog house. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber and lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.

Fitting the floor

Fitting the floor

Fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood over the joists. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the joists.

Wall frames

Wall frames

Build the side wall frames from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges with attention.

Assembling the dog house frame

Assembling the dog house frame

Fit the side walls to the floor of the dog house. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws though the bottom plates, so you can lock the walls into place tightly.

Fitting the side panels

Fitting the side panels

Fit 1/2″ plywood or T1-11 siding to the sides of the dog house. Align the edges flush and insert 4d nails to lock them into place tightly.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Build the rafters for the dog house from 2×2 lumber. Make birdsmouth cuts to the rafters, so they can fit to the top plates properly.

Fitting the trusses

Fitting the trusses

Fit the rafters to the top of the dog house. Lock the rafters together tightly using 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

Front anc back panels

Front and back panels

Cut the front and back wall panels from T1-11 siding or 1/2″ plywood. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make a door opening. Drill a starting hole and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with 120-220 grit sandpaper.

Fitting the front and back panels

Fitting the front and back panels

Fit the panels to the front and to the back of the dog house. Align the edges flush and insert 4d nails.

Fitting the roof sheets

Fitting the roof sheets

Fit the 1/2″ plywood to the top of the dog house. Center the sheets to the roof and then lock them into the rafters with 1 5/8″ screws.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Cover the roof for the dog house with tar paper and then install asphalt shingles.

Small Dog House Plans

Small Dog House Plans

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint over the components to protect them from decay.

 

 

This woodworking project was about small dog house plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.












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