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Dog sitting on porch of its kennel in backyard area.

Overview

Your best friend deserves their own place to call home. This stylish dog kennel is a great project to take on as a family and will look great in your backyard. We'll show you how easy it is to build and keep your four-legged friend out of the weather.

Steps

1Cut your timber

With 6 timber frames to build, you can make this job easier by having most timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. You'll need to use a mitre saw or box to make further cuts later on. Here's our cut list.

70mm x 35mm pine:

  • 205mm x 2 
  • 250mm x 1 
  • 530mm x 5 
  • 580mm x 2 
  • 620mm x 4 
  • 625mm x 2 
  • 660mm x 3 
  • 800mm x 4
  • 805mm x 2 (with 10-degree mitred edges)
  • 930mm x 4 
  • 1130mm x 3 
  • 1320mm x 2  

50mm x 25mm pine:

  • 930mm x 2 (roof battens)
  • 695mm x 2 (stops)

90mm x 19mm decking boards:

  • 800mm x 13 

12mm x 150mm cladding palings:

  • 750mm x 5
  • 1200mm x 2
  • 805mm x 10
  • 250mm x 6
  • 750mm x 2
Timber sitting on tabletops.

2Lay out front of kennel

Start this project by laying out the treated pine for the front frame of the kennel. The top of the frame is the 660mm timber. The 4 studs are 620mm. The 2 x bottom pieces are 205mm and the door head is 250mm. Just make sure the gap for the door is high enough for your dog to get into the kennel. Mark at the top of the frame where the two internal studs will go. For our project, we marked 205mm from the ends.

Person measuring timber.

3Assemble the front frame

Once you've laid out the front of the frame, use the nail gun to fix it in place.

Person drilling timber together.

4Mitre the studs for the sides

The roof for our kennel will have a 10-degree pitch, so you'll need to cut the side frame studs at a 10-degree angle. Set the circular saw to 10 degrees and cut 2 x 530mm, 2 x 580mm and 2 x 625mm studs on this angle.

Person sawing timber.

5Lay out the side frames

For each side frame, you'll need an 800mm length and an 805mm length. Make sure the studs are placed in order of tallest to smallest so that the kennel roof is pitched.

Person drilling timber together.

6Assemble the side frames and back

After you've laid out the side frames, use the nail gun to assemble them. To make the back frame of the kennel, you'll need to repeat the steps you did to create the side frame, without mitre cutting the studs. For this, you'll need 2 x 660mm lengths and 3 x 530mm lengths for the studs.

Pieces of timber screwed together in a window shape.

7Make the base

Lay out the base for the dog kennel. The 2 x 800mm pieces of treated pine are for the sides. The 3 x 1130mm pieces are for the studs. Once you've laid the base out, use the nail gun to assemble it.

Person drilling timber together.

8Lay out the floor of the kennel

Lay the 13 x 800mm timber lengths on top of the base frame you've created. Leave an even 7mm gap between each board. This will allow the timber to expand and contract during winter and summer, and keep the kennel well ventilated.

Person picking up timber slats.

9Fix the floorboards to the base

Once you've laid the floorboards on the base and have the right spacing, pre-drill 2 holes near the end of each board with the 3.5mm drill bit. Then use the drill and 50mm screws to fix the boards to the base.

Person drilling timber slats to a frame.

10Nail the frames to the base

Place the back frame at the back of the base and use the nail gun to fix it down. Then attach the side frames next to the base frame with the nail gun. Place the front frame in place and fix it with the nail gun. Then fix all the frames together with the nail gun so it's securely in place.

Person drilling timber frame pieces together.

11Measure for the stops

The 4 stops go in each corner of the kennel, and are what the cladding will be nailed to. Hold the timber for the stops against each corner of the kennel frame and mark the height.

Person marking up timber frame pieces.

12Cut the stops

Set the circular saw to 10-degrees and cut the stops to the height you've marked.

Person using circular saw to cut piece of timber.

13Attach the stops to the frame

Use the nail gun to fix the stops to the frame and you're ready to clad the kennel. 

Person drilling timber frame pieces together.

14Measure the cut-out for the bottom cladding

You'll need to make a cut-out for the cladding at the bottom of the kennel. To do this, take the measurement from the stop at the back of the kennel to the stop at the front. Then measure the height from the bottom of the kennel to the bottom of the stop at the front. Transfer these measurements onto a piece of cladding for your cut-out.

Person measuring timber frame.

15Cut the cladding

Clamp the cladding to the workbench. Use a circular saw to cut the piece of timber so it fits under the stop. You'll also need to measure and cut another piece of cladding for the other side of the kennel.

Person using circular saw to cut piece of timber that's clamped to the workbench.

16Nail the bottom cladding to the kennel

Once you've cut out the two pieces of cladding for the bottom of the kennel, secure them to the frame with a nail gun.

Timber frames being put together.

17Attach the cladding

Take the second piece of cladding and overlap it 20mm over the bottom piece of cladding. Secure it into place. The overlap will help keep the kennel waterproof and it looks really good. Keep installing the cladding on each side of the kennel with the 20mm overlap until you almost reach the top of the kennel. 

Person drilling timber frame pieces together.

18Mark and measure for the top piece of cladding

You'll also need to cut cladding to match the pitched roof of the kennel. At the front and back of the kennel, measure the distance from the cladding you've already installed to the roof and transfer these measurements onto a piece of cladding. You'll need to do this for both sides of the kennel and for the kennel door at the front.

Person using spirit level to mark piece of timber with pencil.

19Cut the top cladding to size

Clamp the top lengths of cladding to the workbench and cut them to size with the circular saw.

Person using circular saw to cut piece of timber that's clamped to the workbench.

20Fix the top claddings

Hold the cladding in place and use the nail gun to fix it to the frame. Continue cladding each side of the kennel until all of the walls are done.

Person drilling pieces of timber together for DIY dog kennel.

21Fix the front and back roof supports

Use the nail gun to fix two of the 930mm support lengths of timber to the front and back of the kennel.

Person drilling timber frame pieces together.

22Attach the rest of the roof supports

Once the front and back supports are in place, lay the 2 x 1320mm pieces of wood on top of the kennel so there's a 400mm overhang at the front. Use the nail gun to secure them to the supports. Now take the other 2 x pieces of 930mm timber and fix them to the front and back of the roof timbers. 

Person drilling timber frames of DIY dog kennel together.

23Measure and mark for the roof

Measure the length of your roof and transfer these measurements onto the mini orb sheets.

Person marking metal roof frame with pencil.

24Cut the roof sheeting

Clamp the corrugated sheeting to the workbench and use an angle grinder to cut it to length.

Person using handheld circular saw to cut through piece of metal.

25Fix the roof to the kennel

Put the mini orb sheeting on top of the kennel. Place two treated pine timber battens at the front and back of the sheeting and secure them down with a nail gun.

Person placing piece of timber on top of metal roof of DIY dog kennel.

26Decorate the kennel

Now that you've built the kennel, it's time to add the finishing touches. You can stain or varnish the kennel depending on the look you want. We're painting ours to add a splash of colour to the backyard.

Person painting finished dog kennel with orange paint.

27Put your kennel in place

Once the paint is dry all that's left to do is put your kennel in place and introduce your dog to its new home. 
Finished DIY dog kennel in blue, orange and white colours.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.