Large Wood Pet Kennel End Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 14:36
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24" wide x 27" tall x 36" long. This is a big kennel.


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
  • 3/4" brad nails
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
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)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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.


Step 1

Build Side Railings

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

Step 2


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

Step 3

Plywood Sides

Add the plywood to the sides as shown above. Use 3/4" brad nails and wood glue to attach.

Step 4


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

Step 5

Attach with 3/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 6


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

Step 7

Door Frame

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

Step 8

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


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

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.


Danielle (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 02:08

Hmmmm do you think that this would fit our Mastiff? She is only 7mo and about 65 lbs. She will get between 120 and 200lbs?

Sugar (not verified)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 11:46

Average female mastiff is minimun 27.5" at the shoulder. Although I'm sure you know that now! LOL!

Amy (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 02:23

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!

Stacey Keith (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 02:31

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!

jess (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 02:35

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!!!

Sheila (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 03:34

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.

Catherine (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 04:21

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!

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