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: 


I would love to build this dog crate this weekend. Do you have measurements for a XL size? Something like 54L x 35H x 36H ? Thanks.

I absolutely cannot wait to make this kennel... One question, though. Would a Kreg Jig Jr work for this project? I want to make this so much that i'm willing to spend the $100 for the standard one, but I'd like to get away with just getting the Jr. if possible.

Hi Tammy,
I'd like to make this kennel as well and was wondering if you ever got a reply about which kreg jig you could use and if you were able to use a kreg jig mini or junior. Please let me know of your findings! :)


We built this dog crate! Well.... let me re-phrase... I gave the directions to my husband and he built it. It took him 4 days.... because he REFUSED to follow the directions... because he KNEW what he was doing. Mine doesn't look as nice as yours... BUT when he leaves for work on the 2nd (His job is in SC, but the rest of us are living in New Jersey for 6 more months).... I'm going to fix it. The top is just plywood right now (he stained it)... but I'll be getting the 24" x 36" project board, so it actually looks like a table instead of a box. We used rubber spray (like what they coat the inside of truck beds with) for the inside bottom and sides up until the rales and calked the edges so that if there were any accidents, it would be easy clean up. If only men followed directions!!!!!! I'll be doing the woodworking projects myself from now on.... to include overseeing (very closely) the building of our first house. Wish me luck!

LOVE this! We have a larger dog that stays out all the time, but are bringing a new puppy home in February and we'll crate her for the first few years at least. I do NOT want to haul out that old, ugly wire crate! Our new puppy will top out around 20-25 lbs; is this crate too big for her? What size dog did you have in mind when you designed this? I'm wondering if we need to alter it, and if so how we could do that. We have several projects in our house from your site, and I can't wait to add this one! :)

I'm really want to make this crate portable. I found bed rail brackets to use for the sides. I figured strong magnet brackets should work for the top. I'll Just use a waterproof blanket for the floor. Has anyone tried this?


My dogs would chew right through those slats. I'll try it will chicken wire in those ventilated areas. Or perhaps I'll make it 3 sided only and large enough to slide a crate inside. Very attractive and love the detailed plans. You rock, girl!

I love the design of this kennel (Nice work, Ana!) but it's way too big for my pup. Has anyone scaled down the plans for a medium kennel? If so, I'll be your new best friend.

I ended up recalculating the dimensions myself, ending up with a very nice 18 X 24 X 28 kennel/end table (with a lamp!) I can't see how to post a photo here, but I bragged about it on Ana's brag posts. You can find it under dog kennel.

Hi Ana, Do you have any tips for people that may not own all of those power tools you listed? I don't use them enough to buy them but this project is a MUST for me! Help!

I would like to know if there are plans for a smaller crate. I would like to make one myself as my first project. I don't know how to reduce the size of Anna's design plan and I don't want to risk making a guess! I would like it to be a little narrower and perhaps a little lower because I am going to be having mini Dachshund in it so it doesn't need to be huge. Can anyone help me on my first project? I hope so! Please email me at thanks so much!

Hi Ana,
I love your creative ideas. This is my first time every building a project like this and it seemed very simple steps to follow but how do I attach the walls together? Is it attached through screws? And if so, how so do I attach the walls together. I'm stuck. =/

Hello! My husband and I are actually going to build 4 of these for our furry babies. We will need to modify the plans for 2 that are larger than this and 2 that are smaller and I think that I have that figured out. however, the 2 smaller ones will double as a window bench seat and I am just trying to make sure they are sturdy enough to do that. anyone have an idea how i can determine how much weight they can handle on the top?

I already made one of these for my 50lb lab mix and I am planning on building another one for my St. Bernard. I need to change the dimensions though, I know what I need to change them to but I have not had to adjust plans myself before and am having a hard time figuring out the amount of wood I need, can someone help? The needed dimensions are 54 length by 35 width by 45 height

Hi, I am planning to make this soon and was curious about the wood filler.  It is purely for aesthtics or does it serve another function?




I am wanting to pad this on the top to make it an ottoman. I have two mini wiener dogs so I'm looking to make this shorter, about half the height, and possibly wider. Any chance of getting adjusted plans? Thanks!