Large Wood Pet Kennel End Table

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Large Wood Pet Kennel End Table

Still such a necessity in our lives, this dog kennel is both a tabletop surface and home for our puppy. We choose to leave the kennel unfinished because puppies tend to chew and scratch, but now that Avery is growing up, it may be time to paint.


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When we built our home - and cabin - we had one rule: Don't move in until it's finished.  Because otherwise, the house never gets finished.  Well, Grace was crawling around on a dirty garage floor, so we moved in to the house before it was 100% done, and that was the day work stopped on the inside of our house.  And now we live in a home that is 99% done.  Because you can't just tack up trim in the middle of your life.  Well, you can, but it's not as simple as just tacking up trim.  You gotta bring tools in, move stuff out of the way . . . it's just not as simple or easy.  Life is in the way.

So we knew better.  We built another house this weekend and let the occupants move in before it was finished.

We knew better.

More Girls

Meet our puppies.  Nala has been our much loved dog for many years, and Avery is a brand new puppy.  Avery is actually Nala's grand puppy. We brought the crate inside to see if the girls would like it and if the size would fit in our living room, with the intention of hauling it back to the garage for paint and finish.

Who would have thought they would LOVE it?

Breaking More Rules

And because we broke our rule of letting them move in before their house was finished, I'm now breaking my top blogging rule: Never blog an unfinished project.  But it's either that or disturb them.  And they are loving this kennel!  What do you think?

Unfinished Shots

I wanted to show you a close up of the kennel unfinished as well because it's built from pine furring strips - just $1 a board for 1x2s and $1.50 a board for 1x3s.  By using furring strips, builder grade plywood (which will get painted) and a project panel for the top ($12) this kennel came in under $40. Not bad, considering this thing is B-I-G and solid and retails in the several hundreds.  Did I mention it's B-I-G?  Yeah, it's B-I-G  :)  .  All my girls - Grace, Nala (who weighs 90lbs) and Avery all fit in there.


The plan is to paint the pet crate black, so I'll be sure to post completed photos when that happens. 

And here is the drawing.  I'm always amazed at how accurate the drawings are to the real deal!

And one more with the door open.

Shopping List: 

1 – 24″ x 36″ Pine Project Panel or 3/4″ plywood or MDF
5 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – sheet of 1/4″ plywood
4 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – set of hinges
1 – latch
1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
wood glue
7/8″ wood screws (or shorter)

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Drill Pocket Holes

There is not way around it on this one – you gotta have a Kreg Jig™. Drill all pocket holes first.

24" wide x 27" tall x 36" long. This is a big kennel.
Cut List: 

21 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Rails)
6 – 1×3 @ 30 1/2″ (Side Boards)
4 – 1×2 @ 26 1/4″ (Side Legs)
4 – 1×3 @ 26 1/4″ (End Legs)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 33 1/2″
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 21″
5 – 1×3 @ 18″ (Door Frame and Back Boards)
2 – 1×3 @ 17 1/2″ (Door Top and bottom)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Sides)
3 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Rails)

Step 1: 

Build Side Railings

Build the side railings as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 


Finish building the sides as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Plywood Sides

Add the plywood to the sides as shown above. Use 7/8″ screws and wood glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 


Build the end as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Plywood for End

Now add the plywood. Use 7/8″ or shorter screws and glue.

Step 6 Instructions: 


The door should be a piece of cake. Just mark and screw together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Door Frame

Build the door frame with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Door Hinges

Why not add the hinges while it’s easy? We did, and the hinges were much easier to install this way. I also installed the latch.

Step 9 Instructions: 


So you have really just built four walls. Now assemble the walls! I highly recommend finishing the walls separately first – then you can easily assemble and reassemble the crate as needed. Another idea – use corner brackets to screw the walls together from the inside. Then you can break the crate down to flat pieces for storage and travel.

I filled all the pocket holes with wood filler three times and let dry. Then sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. Still need to paint

Step 10 Instructions: 

Top and Bottom

Screw the project panel to the top. We choose to leave the bottom off (our girls are house broken) but you could use some of the leftover 1/4″ plywood to make a bottom for the kennel. Simply line with plexiglass for a waterproof bottom.

Estimated Cost: 
Skill Level: 


You so totally rock!! I'm an animal control officer and I'm going to have to get cracking -- I'll need about twelve of these for me, friends, relations, and would-be-animal-adopters, and that's just THIS month! Thank you SO MUCH!!! :)

I agree. I ended up building doors from 2x3 frame and 2x2 slats and the dogs ate through them and those were just a simple design

I cant see doing this much work and getting the same result.

my doors were build as I had said 2X3 frame with 2X2 with 45ed ends screwed to the outside surface so they are easily replaceable if they get chewed. looks kinds like deck railing.

I am so excited about this! And I just got a kreg jig last week! As soon as i am done with my table I will be building one (or two... or three..)! :)

My husband made me one of these crates as a wedding present (he also surprised me with a puppy). He used solid wood and as a result the stupid thing cost like 500 bucks! This is a much better idea!

You do have to be careful about puppies chewing through. If you can some how use metal for the bars, you would be in better shape. Our kennel is missing one bar now since the puppies chewed through it.

Great project. Way more stylish than a big ol plastic or metal one hanging out in the middle of the room!

Wow, that's a nice-looking crate. I am reorganizing a few rooms of my house and was toying with building something for my dogs after looking at your website and getting some ideas. I eventually settled on a few metal crates that I found online, figuring I might take forever to build a homemade one. I just ordered them the other day, in fact. I figured after they arrived, I would build something like the table Kristin shows above to go over them. I think having a table or something like that will optimize the space in the room where I'm intending to put them, by giving me additional surfaces for storing things in that room. Maybe I'll post some pictures when I actually get them built.

I love this project!! I will link this to you in my blog. I am the person that posted on your FB post that I run the Fan Page for the local Animal Shelter. (I have several FB profiles that I follow you from - I don't want to miss a thing that you post!)
~Kelly Lamb

This is absolutely beautiful! I've seen lesser kennels for $200!! The only thing I would add (as a vet and raiser of many puppies) is that I would build the dimensions to fit a plastic liner in the bottom for accidents. Or you could "rubberize" the bottom and perhaps two inches up the sides of the bottom for easy cleanup and protect your wood better than just paint. Otherwise, this is perfect!

The lack of paint may be a healthier option for that puppy incase she starts chewing it! And, it's beautiful raw! Great job! Beautiful girls!

AWESOME!!!!!! When you said that you had a new family member, this is what I was hoping for. We have a Lab/Dane mix that we crate when we are leaving and his wire crate is such an eyesore!!! I was using paper and pencil the other day trying to figure out how to build this and now you have done it for me. I am so EXCITED!!!!!! Definitely my next project!!!

Awesome! I am looking to modify some of your plans to make a double enclosure for our bearded dragons. They have outgrown their homes and the cost to buy 2- 55 gal tanks is insane.

I'm thinking this will be great with a custom cushion fitted for the top to look like a bench seat to disguise the crate even more. How perfect!

yay!!! You took my suggestion/request!! :) Or maybe you already were working on it but I feel special anyway :D Thank you so much! I am going to get cracking on this baby!! :)

Wow, that is beautiful! My dog doesn't like crates, but that might be big enough for him to like. We just have a small foldable table in our basement that we put his comfy dog pad on and he feels out of the way. Or he goes and finds a pile of dirty laundry to lay on.


And I bet you could make the walls taller or add a spacer all around on the bottom and then slap that piece of plywood she talked about on it - then it would be good for a standard size crate pan. I cannot imagine it would be fun to clean up puppy puke or pee in this by climbing in so a slide out crate pan would work so much better. The standard size crate pan for this crate would be 23x36.

I love these, I want to build two of these minus the doors and use for end tables. That way they are functional and the dogs have a space that is NOT the couch.

I love this! Has anyone had experience switching from a wire crate to something like this? I'm worried my dogs will feel too confined since it's not as see-through/breathable as a wire one. I don't want to build the whole thing if they're not going to like it!

Ana!! I officially am in love with you!! This crate rocks!! Whenever we have parties or friends over we "hide" the big ugly plastic crates in the laundry room. Do you think I could take these plans and scale them down to make two smaller crates???

This is a beautiful dog crate! I would love to see more pet projects, especially raised pet feeders (at various heights from cat/tiny dog up to big dog) similar to the Tryde Coffee Table but with holes to pop in bowls; pet beds; litter pan hider for cats; etc. We're all spoiling ourselves with your plans, so the pets are getting jealous. ;)

Congrats on your new puppy!

Oh my goodness...I have no words...this does not happen often! I found the project for this weekend! I'm going to cut a hole in the back of this and use it as a much prettier substitute than the covered cat litter box! You're the best Ana!

Your timing is perfect for two reasons ... first - my 15 year old daughter's pomeranian puppy will now need to spend the days inside since it's getting colder and this will make a perfect indoor "house" for him and second - she can start working on her carpenter skills by helping build this beautiful crate for her puppy!!!

Ana, I love this crate! I have an English Mastiff puppy and am in desperate need of a crate big enough for her. She is currently 9 months old and 108 pounds. She is expected to get up to 180 before she is done growing!!! Can you help me size this so it's much, much bigger? The biggest crates out there are 48x36 and she's already too big for this one!!!

BTW-YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I love al of your stuff!!!

Ana, thank-you so much for your plans. I've been watching your blog for so long and dreaming of the things I would build. my husband and I just finished our twin farmhouse bed with a trundle for our girls and we LOVE it! Thanks again. . . your talents amaze me!


You don't know how excited I am for this post. Just this last weekend, I was looking at to purchase this exact item! It is well over $200, and I just couldn't do it. I am so glad I didn't. On Overstock, they say you can use this crate as a end table for the living room which is perfect for me since I live in an apartment. :) In the next couple of weekends, I am making this! Totally dig you Ana <3

I really think you should decorate the inside of the crate in some way! Wouldn't you hate to live in a house that was all-black on the inside? How depressing. I think a black house (on the outside) can be very chic, though, as evidenced by one of my favorite buildings in New York (photo below)

What do you think? Maybe wallpaper? Maybe a nice pink and white stripe on the inside? Maybe they need little window coverings to make it more cozy and den-like? Do you think they need soft goods on the walls like a crib or looney bin?

I think it could be a nice homey touch.

I just looked at the dimensions ... you could put a larger top on that and use it for a dining table.

It's great!

The first picture on this post is the most ADORABLE dog pic I have ever seen! I love it!
And Now I need to build this home for my Buck, because the wire kennel is an eyesore, and it'll be easier to find it a permanant spot. I'm thinking I put the door on the long side and double it as a bedside table! (very very small house, his current wire kennel is in the middle of my kitchen, lol)!/photo.p...

There actually is a way around NEEDING to use a pocket hole jig. Use dowels. One dowel in the center of the slat and a little glue on the slat will hold it very securely, and it's completely invisible. It does require a little patience (a home-made hole-drilling jig is also handy).

Um, sorry, quick question since you do already have this built. What are your thoughts on if I were to make this larger? Buck's current kennel is 28" wide, 43" in length, and 31 inches tall. And this size is perfect for him. He can stand up, its only a couple inches longer than him and he can stretch out while laying down.

Will it be ok if I build it that size? and is there a way to make a simple break down version without having to unscrew the 4 walls?

Thank you!

I would love to see more pet crafts. Im living with 6 cats in my aparment and help the lady upstairs with her 4 and dog. they need some crafty love. I love this crate, gonna build one for the cats to hide in. WAIT, even better, I bet i could put a litter box in there if I left the front open :D

SO FUNNY! I just found your website like three days ago, I've been looking at making one of these, just not really sure how I wanted to go about it....and then there it was in my inbox!

Now I just have to decide how much smaller to make mine...I want one that is just big enough for my beagle....She currently has a HUGE metal crate that takes up TOO much space in my home.

Thanks again, I'll be getting started asap!

Gorgeous! So much better than the black metal thing. I don't think you should paint it though--it's too pretty! How about stain with perhaps a touch of paint (on the 'rails'?) for emphasis.

Kerry, I'd be depressed in a black house too, but dogs are den animals and love the cozy places like a crate. So many people see crates as a terrible thing to do to dogs but my experiences on the first 2 days of using one made me a believer. (Ok, sorry to highjack the thread for the crate-preaching;) )

I love this crate, it looks so great!! Just remember that if your dogs are chewers, the wood might not stand up too well, and you should watch painting especially. Some paints can be harmful if the dogs are chewing on them.

Ana, I can't say thank you enough for posting a diy dog crate! We rescued a German Shepherd who was just under a year old and already close to a 100 lbs (but he was underweight!) Supposed to be housebroken and crate trained but was actually neither and has a bit of separation anxiety combined with puppy energy and desire to chew. Basically, can't be left to roam the house unchecked. He has destroyed two crates so far (one of the clam shell type plastic ones with the wire door and the full on heavy duty all wire crate looks like it got hit with a semi truck). The only solution we've found for the meantime is to muzzle him when we're gone (which none of us like) to keep him from destroying the house as he barks in the backyard. Obviously a lot of training needed but such a great personality otherwise. I'm hoping to build this a bit sturdier, wear him out so he's tired enough to sleep and work on getting him used to it. Not an easy chore but I think it'll be helped out a lot by your plan! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I just looked at one of these online couldn't believe they wanted $500. Then I thought surely plans can be made.. then of course ta da.. you truly are a mind reader.. This top of my list :) Thanks Ana

Thank you so much Ana! I have been planning on building some crates for my FOUR small dogs but haven't gotton around to drawing plans yet. Now I don't have to! I do need to shrink them down though, lol! I actually think I might build two end-table-size ones for either side of the couch. They will be in corners with the couch in the middle and although they aren't as stylish as some END tables I might choose to build, they are certainly way more stylish than any other dog crate would look in a family room! And they fit our lifestyle: our dogs are part of our family too!

*Can I add a request? There is a little pet/dog cubby sort thing in the Ballards catalog with a place for food, leashes, etc, and it would be really easy to build I think. I'm sure a lot of us could figure it out ourselves now thanks to you, but now that you've added this dog crate plan, you will be attracting a lot of dog lovers and it might be a cool idea to have a few pet friendly plans available! :-) If I ever find the time, I want to build several crates and one of these cubbies for my mudroom- where the dogs hang out when no ones home.

Love it!!! My lil Dakota (half Yorkie Half Chihuahua) called a Chorkie would LOVE it!! She love's to hide in her pen. You really make some nice projects. Thanks for posting the "how to" instruction's. Keep up the great work, we love to see your new projects.

Mark & Joan

Oopsie - there's a typo in the cut list! It says you only need 1 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 33 1/2″, but I'm half way through my build and realized I need 2...back to the store I guess :-/

One other small mistake - instead of:

2 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Sides)
3 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Rails)

You need 2 - 1x3 15 3/4 and 3 - 1x2 12 3/4

Not a big deal - if you followed the shopping list you should have some 1x3 left over. I figured out how to use the leftover plywood so I didn't have to go to the store for more - yay!

I just made this and it's awesome!! I bought slightly nicer plywood because I'm planning on staining instead of painting, but it's an awesome piece. This is my first Ana White project and there were some stressful moments, but I'm so proud of the outcome! I think the most stressful part was going to Lowe's to buy wood!

My total cost was $88.72 for all wood, hardware, etc. but like I said I bought more expensive stuff that I thought/hope might be better to stain. I also bought a kreg jig jr ($40) and a few other one time cost things.

Pics - still needs to be stained, and the roof isn't actually "on" because I ran out of brackets.

there's 2 dogs in is being camera shy :-) They are 35 lbs and 16 lbs and they fit snugly in the crate. I'm using this to replace a standard wire crate that was 30x21x24 - this one seems a bit smaller because of the thickness of the wood.

i'm glad you posted this before it was finished Ana! with the bare wood you can actually see the features more clearly. if it was all black, it would have been so difficult to tell just how beautiful this piece is (like all your work!).

the only problem i see: now you're making me want a dog!

I love this I have been wanting one of these for my cocker spanial. Do you think there is a way to make it so you can take the slats out of the door so the dog can go in and out at night or when you are at home in the day. my dog just likes going in there to sleep sometimes.

I love this! I want to make this into a 2 story condo for my spoiled little dog Howie (10lbs) he is my world... Maybe putting in a little ramp to the 2nd story instead of steps. Also I would love to make the top so that it is on hinges and can either be locked or open.
Thanks Ana for all the wonderful ideas! You are amazing and inspiring!

Great, now I will have to decide what I want to try first....a headboard or a dog crate....We've got a Husky who could really do with a heavier crate. She can almost toss the one from Walmart on its side if she's upset Gonna have to look into some options for painted versus non-painted. So glad you shared before it was done though.

@julie: dogs are denning animals, and most dogs love the feeling of being enclosed and hidden in a safe spot that is just for them. The wire crates seem less claustrophobic for US, but every dog I have known loves an enclosed crate just as well :-)

wow this is SO awesome!!! This looks way much better than those ugly wire crates!! Do you you make a plan to make a BIGGER crate for 2 Great Danes?? I want that to be my first project!!! Love your BLOG!!

I was just wondering how you were able to hide the pocket holes so well. I use wood putty but some times the head of the screw sticks out and cant seem to get them hidden, any tips?

Every time i look at this on the plan catalog I think that is my dog in the picture, I always think to myself "How did Ana get a picture of my dog?" HAHAHA!!

this is exactly what i have been wanting to make. except I have a little pom who only weighs in at 9 pounds so this one would be way to big. Do you have plans for this in a smaller size? maybe 22x22X22

I came over to your site from YHL after viewing the floating shelves y'all made. I have been to your site before, but I haven't really "taken it all in." So I was poking around, getting some ideas for patio chairs and a storage bench, when I came across THIS!! I want to scream from excitement, but I'm at work, and I'm pretty sure everyone will think I'm crazy if I do so. (hehe)
My fiance and I were just planning on buying one of these this weekend for our Siberian Husky. Grand Total: $350!! Thank you a million times over! I can't wait to get started. I'll be sure to post pictures!

Julie you have a mistake in your corrections.

We followed your corrections and our 3 door rails ended up too short.

Luckily we have enough wood to cut new door rails.

The correction to Annas Plans should be

2 - 1x3 @ 15 3/4 (door sides)
The door rails was correct in Anna's plans it should be 3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4

That would make the sides and the rails the same length which they need to be.

This is our first project and my first time doing pocket holes. I did have some issues which I will post when I put up pictures. Before I move onto anymore projects I want to know why I had those issues.

Should be finished by Monday.

Thanks Anna & Julie


Anna's measurement for the door rails was correct it should be
3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4

The only correction to her plan is for the door sides to use 1x3 not 1x2.

We are having the issue of the wood splitting when we drill in the pocket screws. What are we doing wrong?

Sorry for the double comments. I thought I didn't send the first one. Still working on my dog house. I can't wait for my girls to move in it.

Would anyone know what the dimensions should be if I wanted to make a bigger one? We have retrievers that use 36" crates and larger. This one would be a bit small for them.

Hello everyone,
These crates are beautiful, Ana is there a plan for a smaller crate? I have a 3 pound chihuahua and her crate is a metal 13x22 I would love to build her a wooden one still tall enough to act as an end table. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

Wow, I am SO happy to see this post! My husband and I have a 55 lb dog and currently his wire crate is in the corner of our very small office. I want to redo our office but dont want the ugly wire crate in there. I think this would be perfect! Totally cute and functional. And it looks fairly easy to do!

This happened to me too.  We don't have a saw so we got our cuts made at Home Depot and my husband went to do it for me.  When he got them home and I started to build, there was a side missing.  Good thing we had the extra so I could cut another piece with my poor little hand saw. 

@Ana White, I love your crate so much, but I think my dog might chew on the wood. Would you be able to put a plan for a large crate cover that could slide over a metal crate?
Like this:


I have five golden retrievers so I really need a way to get them not to chew. I have added a splash of brown Listerine on my polishing rag...spray your wood with whatever cleaner you use, then wipe it down with the Listerine rag...really works, dogs hate the taste of it. No more chewing. Tip from their vet.
Also increased their activity and made up a ton of chews from braided old jeans.

I stumbled across this website when I was searching for kennel plans. I kind of got distracted by all the wonderful plans and can't decide what I'll do first. I definitely can't wait to get this done though and get the wire crate out of our living room. We have an unusually large lab and his current crate has a door on the side and one on the end (which is great for all the rearranging I do) so I plan to make a minor adjustment to still have that option. Will definitely post pics when it gets done.

I have the same concern as Daniele. I want to assure that my dog won't chew on her crate, so I'd love it if you made plans for a similar style crate with an open front. Preferably something that would enable me to pull tray on the floor of the crate forward for cleaning.

I made it a little bit bigger, tiled the inside, stained the wood a beautiful chocolate color, and built a small shelf to hold the food/water dishes. The tiles make it a breeze to clean... just take it outside a hose it out then dry it with a towel.

I just made two of these, to serve as nightstands. Right now, I use two of my show crates for this task, and it's a pain to take them down and re-load them for each dog show. I first saw these in a Skymall catalog, and totally drooled over them!

Two notes on the plans, though:
1. The cut list has an error. 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 33 1/2″ needs to be TWO, not one, as the crate has two sides. I didn't discover this until after I had assembled the first two walls, and had nothing for the second crate. I needed to dip into my scrap pile for one of the sides.

2. Don't make the same mistake I made on steps 3 and 5. The images don't show the pocket holes, so it's implied by the drawing that the plywood goes on the outside, or finished side. But look at the image--it actually goes on the inside. I didn't realize my mistake until the "leave 1 inch" note on step 5. Now I have some interesting edges that I'll probably need to trim out. Making a prototype would have been a wise step to avoid this issue, but I skipped that step. My mistake!

Because I'm a huge fan of the look of old barn wood, I used the Classic Grey staining technique used in the wall jewelry box project. I adore the look! 1 quart was just barely enough for one coat on both sides for two crates, though. I prefer this over paint--claw scratches will look natural, as the surface is already aged in appearance. I purposefully did not build the doors--they aren't structural, and I want these two crates to be full access. If I need containment, I'll bring in my show crates.

These crates are my second project from this site, and I'm using 4, maybe 5, total in a master suite remodel. Thank you thank you thank you!

We have two large dogs that are crated separately and this is a great way to be rid of those plastic crates for good! I am a bit concerned about chewing but they don't chew their crate now so hopefully they won't start. Very inexpensive way to add charm to our living space!