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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Leslie (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 07:37

I came over to your site from YHL after viewing the floating shelves y'all made. I have been to your site before, but I haven't really "taken it all in." So I was poking around, getting some ideas for patio chairs and a storage bench, when I came across THIS!! I want to scream from excitement, but I'm at work, and I'm pretty sure everyone will think I'm crazy if I do so. (hehe)
My fiance and I were just planning on buying one of these this weekend for our Siberian Husky. Grand Total: $350!! Thank you a million times over! I can't wait to get started. I'll be sure to post pictures!

Janet (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 05:49

Julie you have a mistake in your corrections.

We followed your corrections and our 3 door rails ended up too short.

Luckily we have enough wood to cut new door rails.

The correction to Annas Plans should be

2 - 1x3 @ 15 3/4 (door sides)
The door rails was correct in Anna's plans it should be 3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4

That would make the sides and the rails the same length which they need to be.

This is our first project and my first time doing pocket holes. I did have some issues which I will post when I put up pictures. Before I move onto anymore projects I want to know why I had those issues.

Should be finished by Monday.

Thanks Anna & Julie

Janet (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 05:55


Anna's measurement for the door rails was correct it should be
3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4

The only correction to her plan is for the door sides to use 1x3 not 1x2.

We are having the issue of the wood splitting when we drill in the pocket screws. What are we doing wrong?

Dee (not verified)

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 08:41

Would anyone know what the dimensions should be if I wanted to make a bigger one? We have retrievers that use 36" crates and larger. This one would be a bit small for them.

Melanie (not verified)

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 15:24

Hello everyone,
These crates are beautiful, Ana is there a plan for a smaller crate? I have a 3 pound chihuahua and her crate is a metal 13x22 I would love to build her a wooden one still tall enough to act as an end table. Any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

Clare (not verified)

Mon, 03/14/2011 - 08:55

Wow, I am SO happy to see this post! My husband and I have a 55 lb dog and currently his wire crate is in the corner of our very small office. I want to redo our office but dont want the ugly wire crate in there. I think this would be perfect! Totally cute and functional. And it looks fairly easy to do!