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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Mark Heywood (not verified)

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 13:29

Love it!!! My lil Dakota (half Yorkie Half Chihuahua) called a Chorkie would LOVE it!! She love's to hide in her pen. You really make some nice projects. Thanks for posting the "how to" instruction's. Keep up the great work, we love to see your new projects.

Mark & Joan

Julie (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 11:29

Oopsie - there's a typo in the cut list! It says you only need 1 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 33 1/2″, but I'm half way through my build and realized I need 2...back to the store I guess :-/

Julie (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 17:40

One other small mistake - instead of:

2 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Sides)
3 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ (Door Rails)

You need 2 - 1x3 15 3/4 and 3 - 1x2 12 3/4

Not a big deal - if you followed the shopping list you should have some 1x3 left over. I figured out how to use the leftover plywood so I didn't have to go to the store for more - yay!

I just made this and it's awesome!! I bought slightly nicer plywood because I'm planning on staining instead of painting, but it's an awesome piece. This is my first Ana White project and there were some stressful moments, but I'm so proud of the outcome! I think the most stressful part was going to Lowe's to buy wood!

My total cost was $88.72 for all wood, hardware, etc. but like I said I bought more expensive stuff that I thought/hope might be better to stain. I also bought a kreg jig jr ($40) and a few other one time cost things.

Julie (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 18:01

Pics - still needs to be stained, and the roof isn't actually "on" because I ran out of brackets.

there's 2 dogs in is being camera shy :-) They are 35 lbs and 16 lbs and they fit snugly in the crate. I'm using this to replace a standard wire crate that was 30x21x24 - this one seems a bit smaller because of the thickness of the wood.

Amy E. (not verified)

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 07:16

i'm glad you posted this before it was finished Ana! with the bare wood you can actually see the features more clearly. if it was all black, it would have been so difficult to tell just how beautiful this piece is (like all your work!).

the only problem i see: now you're making me want a dog!

Ashley (not verified)

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 09:38

I love this I have been wanting one of these for my cocker spanial. Do you think there is a way to make it so you can take the slats out of the door so the dog can go in and out at night or when you are at home in the day. my dog just likes going in there to sleep sometimes.

Ambie (not verified)

Sat, 10/30/2010 - 09:05

I love this! I want to make this into a 2 story condo for my spoiled little dog Howie (10lbs) he is my world... Maybe putting in a little ramp to the 2nd story instead of steps. Also I would love to make the top so that it is on hinges and can either be locked or open.
Thanks Ana for all the wonderful ideas! You are amazing and inspiring!

Angela (not verified)

Fri, 11/05/2010 - 19:25

Great, now I will have to decide what I want to try first....a headboard or a dog crate....We've got a Husky who could really do with a heavier crate. She can almost toss the one from Walmart on its side if she's upset Gonna have to look into some options for painted versus non-painted. So glad you shared before it was done though.