After we had a baby, my wife insisted that the dog live on the street, or at least stay there for a while. There is nothing to be done, during the vacation, which I took in connection with paternity, I decided to make a kennel for the dog with my own hands.
We have a small short-haired dog, so it does not tolerate cold and rain. There was an idea to put the dog in a kennel, but I felt sorry and did not want to leave.
I work in a department store and we have a huge amount of pallets left. Of course, the idea arose to take advantage of this. Thus, my fantasy was where to unfold. With almost a month of vacations left, I set to work. There was no drawing or plan, except that the room for the dog should be isolated from wind and rain, I wanted a sloping roof with high ceilings sufficient for the dog to stand up calmly. In addition, I did not want to leave her in the dark, she should have the opportunity to bask in the sun.
Stage 1: Base from one pallet
I forgot to photograph this stage of the work, for the base I used a euro pallet. Added more slats to close the gaps between adjacent boards. I also nailed boards from other pallets to the sides of the pallet so that the wind would not blow in there. Sanded and rounded edges where possible. This allowed the floor to be raised to a sufficient height so that it did not get wet and was warm enough.
Stage 2: Assembling the frame
To assemble the frame of the doghouse, I had to purchase some timber. The timber was planked on both sides in order to make thermal insulation cavities. The roof and walls are slanted just for the sake of beauty.
The tree is usually full of holes and all kinds of knots, except that the boards may not be quite straight, so I decided to fill the openings with foam. This may not be the best solution, but I thought the dog would be much warmer this way and would provide additional waterproofing.
At this stage, the thought came to me "It will weigh a ton!".
Stage 3: Roof
To begin with, I secured the pallet boards on the sloped section of the roof and then fitted the boards in a short, straight section. I cut the boards after I fixed them, a reliable jigsaw helped me with this.
The side overhang of the roof is supported by three short pallet bars.
Stage 4: Painting
After the kennel was almost finished (except for the door), it was time to paint it.
Previously, I filled in all the extra holes, sanded and aligned the heads of the screws. I didn't want it to be noticeable that the booth was assembled from pallets.
After that I painted the outside of the kennel with matt black outdoor paint. The floor, interior walls and ceiling were primed and varnished.
Stage 5: Making and installing the door
He postponed this stage of work until the last, since he did not have a clear action plan or drawing.
I started with the inner frame of the doorway, which I made from a roof batten. Getting the angles right using a hand tool was not easy. Then I made four outer panels using planks from the pallet. I secured them with glue and self-tapping screws.
For the inner window frame, I used the remaining thin boards. The width of the board made it possible to install two glasses, i.e. to make a single-chamber "double-glazed window".
Then he filled in everything again, sanded and painted.
To install the door, I bought hinges for the gate, as well as several stainless steel latches to close the door. When installing the door, I used cardboard to adjust the position of the door. The final look, once installed, evoked a certain sense of pride.
Stage 6: Protection from rain
To protect the roof from rain, I used the roofing material left over from my neighbor. For laying it I used a blowtorch, but since the pieces were small and I worked without gloves, I got several burns. I recommend using some kind of protective gloves.
And yet … the pain I had to endure made me doubly proud of my work!
I don't want to write that after a few months the roofing material began to flake off, maybe I didn't warm it up enough or it was too hot outside. He was engaged in roofing work for the first time.
Stage 7: Glazing
In the spirit of making the kennel as cheap as possible, I procured a couple of pieces of 3mm clear acrylic for glass. They seemed a little thin to me, but they were free, so they were fine with me.
I used scissors to cut acrylic. I made two panes, one smaller for the outer window frame and a larger one for the inner one. Since the inner frame retreats approximately 10mm in depth, there is a good thermal insulation gap. Two small holes were drilled in the inner glass, top and bottom, to prevent condensation. Acrylic before fastening, it is recommended to pre-drill so that it does not crack when screwing in the self-tapping screw.
Stage 8: Finished product
To ventilate the booth, I took it out of the garage to the street, the smell of varnish and paint needs to disappear. In order to carry it out, the help of a neighbor was required. The kennel turned out to be not as heavy as I thought at first, although the appearance and the amount of wood suggested otherwise.
The dog was a little skeptical at first, but after a couple of weeks and after a blanket was laid inside, she happily began to walk there and eat her bones. I also fell in love with climbing on the roof of the booth and barking at strangers.
The doghouse, which was assembled with your own hands, is in front of you in all its glory.