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.
Next, I marked and drilled the holes for the rebar and also added pocket holes that I could screw the side assembly together.
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.
For the back of the assembly, I drilled and used pocket holes to join the boards together.
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.
I then sanded everything that I had built already.
Next, I built a center divider the same way I did the back and then assembled all of my sides together.
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.
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.
Next, I marked and drilled my holes for the rebar and I assembled the doors.
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.
Next, using a cappuccino color, I stain the entire thing.
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.
I used pocket holes to join the top together, and then I sanded and stained all of it.
Once the stain had dried, I laid the top on it and then attached it.
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.