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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Loni (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 14:48

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!

Jen (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 15:35

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

Rachel (not verified)

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 18:57

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!

Sarah Kelly (not verified)

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 04:27

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;) )

Megan (not verified)

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 11:37

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.

Amy C (not verified)

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 03:57

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!

Melissa (not verified)

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 07:47

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

Lisa (not verified)

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 10:52

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.

Sharon (not verified)

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 11:27

I LOVE it - I think i may have to hack the design to make end tables for my living room (my pup already has a crate he likes)