Home DIY Plans and Projects Building an Indoor Double Dog Kennel (with removable trays!)

Building an Indoor Double Dog Kennel (with removable trays!)


In today's article, we will be joined by Gage Johnson who is going to show us how to create an indoor rustic farmhouse-style double dog kennel. Take it away, Gage!

I started off by cutting a base that was big enough to fit the two trays that I was supplied with, and then I added a little riser platform underneath it so that it will sit about an inch off the floor.

Placing trays onto the bottom board for reference
Adding supports to lift the bottom off of the ground

Next, I marked and drilled the holes for the rebar and also added pocket holes that I could screw the side assembly together.

Marking holes for rebar on side panels
Drilling holes to insert rebar
Drilling pocket holes into side panels
Assembling the side panels
Completed side panel

I cut the bottom of the side assembly off so that you can easily slide the trays in and out of the kennel once it was all assembled.

Cutting bottom from side panels for tray inserts

For the back of the assembly, I drilled and used pocket holes to join the boards together.

Drilling pocket holes for back of the assembly
Clamping the back boards together
Screwing the boards together using pocket holes
Screwing the boards together using pocket holes for the other side as well

Moving on to the front, I marked and drilled all the holes for the rebar and, while also leaving room for the doors, I screwed the assembly together.

Drilling pocket holes for the front assembly
Putting the front assembly together
Screwing the front assembly together
Completed front assembly

I then sanded everything that I had built already.

Sanding the back assembly
Sanding the sides
Sanding the front assembly

Next, I built a center divider the same way I did the back and then assembled all of my sides together.

Adding screws to back before screwing it in place on the bottom assembly
Adding the divider to the kennel assembly
Divider securely in place
Adding the front assembly

As you can see here, this is where you can take the bottom part of the side out so that you can slide the tray in and out.

Adding the side assembly with removable bottom plug
A tray placed inside and bottom plug installed
Other side assembly installed

Once all of the sides were put together, I screwed pocket holes in the top of each side so that later I can screw the top on.

Beginning to drill top pocket holes
Continuing around the inside of the assembly to drill top pocket holes

Next, I marked and drilled my holes for the rebar and I assembled the doors.

Marking doors for rebar installation
Spacing out the holes for rebar installation
Door assembly completed

As you can see here, I am filling any visible cracks or screw holes with wood filler that I will later sand so I have a flush look.

Filling the holes and cracks on the face of the kennel with wood filler (I placed brown paper around rebar for when I stain it)
Filling the holes and cracks on the doors of the kennel with wood filler as well
Sanding the wood filler to ensure the assembly is smooth and ready for staining

Next, using a cappuccino color, I stain the entire thing.

I begin by staining the insides of the kennel assembly
Then I continue staining the outside of the kennel assembly
As well as staining the doors
Everything stained and dried, ready for the next steps

I used these hinges that I painted black to attach the doors and I also attached barrel bolt locks to the doors so that they can lock.

Door hinges painted black
Installing the door hinges
Barrel bolt installed
Hinges of both doors after installation

I used pocket holes to join the top together, and then I sanded and stained all of it.

Assembling the top similar to the back
Sanding the top assembly
Staining the top assembly

Once the stain had dried, I laid the top on it and then attached it.

Attaching the top assembly to the front, sides, divider, and back pieces

Finally, I coated the entire thing with the satin polyurethane and once it had dried I sanded it with high-grit sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections in the poly coat.

Sealing with a good polyurethane
Sanding with a high-grit sand paper to remove any imperfections

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Brian is an avid dog lover and enjoys spending time with his own three dogs: Tazzmine, an American Bulldog; Scout, a German-Shepherd/Malinois mix; and Mac, a French Bulldog. Brian enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including finding tasty dog-friendly recipes, DIY home projects for dogs, and other informative and entertaining canine topics.