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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Dog House Plans for Small Dogs
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- 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 2×2 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
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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How to build a small dog house
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fit the panels to the front and to the back of the dog house. Align the edges flush and insert 4d nails.
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.
Cover the roof for the dog house with tar paper and then install asphalt shingles.
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.