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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Lesley (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 12:45

@julie: dogs are denning animals, and most dogs love the feeling of being enclosed and hidden in a safe spot that is just for them. The wire crates seem less claustrophobic for US, but every dog I have known loves an enclosed crate just as well :-)

Karin (not verified)

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 09:46

I am thinking of making this to house the cat's litter box. Maybe make the slats wide enough so that cats can get in, but not the dogs.

Zoey (not verified)

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 20:27

wow this is SO awesome!!! This looks way much better than those ugly wire crates!! Do you you make a plan to make a BIGGER crate for 2 Great Danes?? I want that to be my first project!!! Love your BLOG!!

Amanda (not verified)

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 11:37

This is so brilliant. And I love Karin's idea of using this to house the kitty litter box as well!

keegan davis (not verified)

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 20:08

I was just wondering how you were able to hide the pocket holes so well. I use wood putty but some times the head of the screw sticks out and cant seem to get them hidden, any tips?

Michelle (not verified)

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 11:12

Every time i look at this on the plan catalog I think that is my dog in the picture, I always think to myself "How did Ana get a picture of my dog?" HAHAHA!!

lorieann (not verified)

Sun, 12/05/2010 - 21:47

this is exactly what i have been wanting to make. except I have a little pom who only weighs in at 9 pounds so this one would be way to big. Do you have plans for this in a smaller size? maybe 22x22X22