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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AmyLynn (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 07:13

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!

Stacy (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 08:09

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!!!

Rachael (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 08:19

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!!!

Kayleen @ This… (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 08:52

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!


Katrinagiselle (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:21

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

Kerry (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:28

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.

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:44

"All my girls – Grace, Nala (who weighs 90lbs) and Avery all fit in there."

PICS!!! I want pictures of that, or it never happened.

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 12:45

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

It's great!

Loni (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 14:28

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…

Logan (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 14:33

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).