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.

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Tanjia (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 05:09

Absolutely love this one! I can't wait to get my workshop set up in the basement so I can start building again.

Laurel (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 05:11

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!! :)

Jeanne (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 05:15

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.

Rae (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 06:05


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.

stephanie oldfield (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 06:05

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.

Julie (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 06:30

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!

Anne (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 06:47

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???

Melissa (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 07:11

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!