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How To Build A Dog Kennel End Table With A Drawer
To get the most use out of your dog kennel, you can always transform it into an end table with a drawer. Some of the materials and tools you’ll need include:
- Black walnut (or your choice of wood)
- Woodcutter’s chainsaw
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Circular saw
- Round spindle
- Stairway banister
- Screwdriver and screws
- Drawer slides
- Biscuit cutter
- Table clips
1. Make Measurements
On your untouched wooden board, mark the areas where you’ll be making cross-cuts. These measurements should be in reference to the design of the end table that you’re making.
2. Cut Board into Sizable Planks
Once you have the correct measurements, cut the board. You should have all the planks you need to start creating the table. You should also make sure that the planks are smooth and not warped before running them through a planer.
3. Cut Joiner Edge and Desired Widths
You should then take your planks and choose the one that you want to make your joiner. Shave it so that the joiner edge has a complete 90-degree angle. Then shave the rest of your planks to the desired width of the table with a miter saw.
4. Glue Top Piece Together
Taking the planks you want to use for the top of the end table, apply wood glue to the sides of each one. Then squish them together and clamp them together with at least enough clamps to hold together each side. It also helps to add smaller boards to the top of the piece in order to keep it straight.
5. Cut Top Piece Square
Using a circular saw, you can then cut one side completely square. With that edge, you can then cut the rest of the same width to make it even.
6. Create the Bottom Piece
The bottom piece where the dog will be resting can be made of any kind of wood. Plywood will be your cheapest option. Cut the piece to the appropriate width and length to contain your dog.
7. Start Joining Pieces Together
To make oyur pieces join securely together, you’ll want to cut half of it off. Called a half-lap, these pieces can then interlock together.
8. Make Spindle Holes
Using a round spindle, you can then drill circular holes into the sides of the table where you intend to secure them together.
9. Cut Down Spindles
The spindles can be create using stairway banisters. All you need to do is cut them at an angle grinder. The spindles should be an appropriate size for your dog’s height.
10. Assemble Side Pieces
With the spindles prepared, you can then place them in the spindle holes. Each wooden side should snap to the spindle easily. Then use wood glue on the wooden pieces and clamp them together to make sure they’re joined. You can attach the rest of the sides to the piece by forming rabbits that allow it to interlock as well. You’ll also need to use wood glue to make it stick.
11. Paint the Bottom
You can then paint the bottom whatever color you’d like. To ensure the glue holds, you shouldn’t paint the areas where the bottom will be connected to the rest of the table. Once it’s painted, you can glue the bottom to the table and let it dry with clamps.
12. Add-In Support
To give the bottom even more support, you can then screw a few holes into it and screw the piece to the rest of the table.
13. Use Hardwood for the Drawer
To make the drawer, you’ll want to use hardwood and cut it to the appropriate size. You should first create the sides of the drawer and assemble them together, then install the bottom.
14. Install Slides and Face
You can then install the drawer slides on the bottom or side of the drawer depending on the style that you prefer. The drawer’s face is also able to be installed at this point with some screws.
15. Use Router to Make Door Hinges
To make the hinges for your door, use a router to cut away some of the wood where the hinge is going to be installed. Install the hinges with your screws.
16. Install the Top
Using a biscuit cutter, you should cut holes in the top part of the sides. This allows the top to be installed. Using table clips, you can then drill them to the bottom of the top piece and secure it to the table.
You can then seal and paint your kennel end table.
Simple DIY Dog Kennel End Table Using 2x4s
For a simpler kennel that you can make at home, you should follow these steps. You’ll need the following tools and materials:
- 5 1/2 inch x 10-foot rebar
- 4 2x4x8
- 1 Project Panel
- Woodcutter saw
- Wood glue
1. Cut 2x4x8 Pieces at Appropriate Length
Depending on the size of your dog, you’ll want to cut the wood pieces down to the correct size for them.
2. Cut Thickness for Top Piece
You should then cut a 2×4 to a thickness of 24-inches.
3. Drill Holes for Rebar
Drill 1/2 inch holes into the edge of the wood for the rebars to attach. Leave enough space on one edge for the door to be installed.
4. Cut Pocket Holes Into 2×4
For joining later, cut pocket holes into the appropriate 2×4 boards. Then use a clamp and clamp the seam of one board to the next. With this added security, you can then screw in the pocket holes. Repeat for the rest of the legs.
5. Glue Front Piece
Using wood glue, you can then glue the front piece to the rest of the bottom area. Use a clamp until the glue dries.
6. Attach Rebar to Sides
Before you start sliding the rebar into the holes, you should stain the edges. This ensures you don’t have to paint around the bars later. Then you can insert the bars into the holes. You can also add glue for further security once they’re inside of the holes.
7. Assemble Doorframe
With the remaining wooden pieces, use pocket holes to screw them into place into the wood below. You should also make rebar holes on the bottom and top pieces of the door. Once everything is ready, you can glue and screw them together. Then you can add the remaining rebar pieces to the door. Screw in hinges and locks to the appropriate places on the door.
8. Assemble Bottom
Using four square pieces, attach them to each exterior corner on the bottom of the kennel. Then you can cut the bottom piece to size and simply lay it against the bottom squares without the need to secure it down.
9. Attach Top
Taking the top, you can simply screw in or nail it to the rest of the kennel.
While it’s easier to paint all of your pieces before you assemble them, if you haven’t already, take the time to stain or paint your kennel to the desired color.
Night Stand Or End Table Small Dog Crate
To make a nightstand dog kennel, you’ll need the following materials:
- 2 1x3x8
- 1 sheet of 3/4th” plywood
- 1/4 sheet of 1/4th” plywood
- 1 1x6x6
- 1 1x4x8
- Crown and cove molding
- 1 pair 16” ball-bearing drawer slides
- Miter saw
- 1 pair butt hinges
- Circular saw
- 1 1/4” pocket hole screws
- Nail gun
- Hardware mesh
- Pocket hole jig
- Staple gun
1. Cut Down Plywood
Use a circular saw to cut the 3/4th” plywood to make the sides and bottom of the table. You’ll want to save the rest of it for the top. You should have 2 27” long side panels and a 17 1/2” panel for the bottom.
2. Assemble Basic Structure
Use a pocket hole jig to create 3/4” pocket holes and 11/4” pocket holes in the bottom and side panels. Then screw in the pocket hole screws to attach them.
3. Add Face and Support Pieces
Use the 1×3 for the face frame. The 1×4 should be for the bottom of the face. Cut them to size with the miter saw, then use pocket holes to screw them together. You’ll also want to glue it to the rest of the piece and use brad nails for further security. Finally, make some supports out of spare plywood scraps and attach them to the front and back of the piece to support the top later.
4. Create Molding Pieces
With the 1×3, you can glue and nail it to the bottom part of the piece. You may need to cut the middle piece in order to make it fit. Then add the molding pieces on the top part of the 1×3. The crown molding should be attached to the top.
5. Construct Door
You’ll want to measure your dog to ensure they can fit through the door. Otherwise, use a 1×3 to create the sides and bottom of the door. Then use a 1×6 for the top. The width of the door should be appropriate for your dog, and the table, as a whole.
Paint the pieces to the desired color, then attach the hardware mesh for the door.
6. Assemble the Drawer
Make 3/4th” pocket holes on a 1×3 to create the drawer bracing. Then install the stretchers to the inside of the face frame. They should be flush to the frame. Mount the slides onto the stretchers. Then use 1×4 to create the drawer sides. Plywood can be used for the bottom. Secure them with pocket holes and screws.
7. Add Top
Size your top piece according to the crown molding, so it fits perfectly. Screw the top piece into place. Finally, staple your scrap plywood to the back once it’s cut to size.
You can then stain or paint the piece to your desired color.
9. Add Hinges and Locks
You can then add your butt hinges or whatever hinges you prefer to the door.