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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Guest (not verified)

Sun, 04/17/2011 - 15:17

This happened to me too.  We don't have a saw so we got our cuts made at Home Depot and my husband went to do it for me.  When he got them home and I started to build, there was a side missing.  Good thing we had the extra so I could cut another piece with my poor little hand saw. 

Daniele (not verified)

Sun, 07/24/2011 - 05:42

@Ana White, I love your crate so much, but I think my dog might chew on the wood. Would you be able to put a plan for a large crate cover that could slide over a metal crate?
Like this:



Sun, 07/24/2011 - 05:54

I have five golden retrievers so I really need a way to get them not to chew. I have added a splash of brown Listerine on my polishing rag...spray your wood with whatever cleaner you use, then wipe it down with the Listerine rag...really works, dogs hate the taste of it. No more chewing. Tip from their vet.
Also increased their activity and made up a ton of chews from braided old jeans.

Charlie14515 (not verified)

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 08:07

I stumbled across this website when I was searching for kennel plans. I kind of got distracted by all the wonderful plans and can't decide what I'll do first. I definitely can't wait to get this done though and get the wire crate out of our living room. We have an unusually large lab and his current crate has a door on the side and one on the end (which is great for all the rearranging I do) so I plan to make a minor adjustment to still have that option. Will definitely post pics when it gets done.

Kat (not verified)

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 14:56

I have the same concern as Daniele. I want to assure that my dog won't chew on her crate, so I'd love it if you made plans for a similar style crate with an open front. Preferably something that would enable me to pull tray on the floor of the crate forward for cleaning.

Tina T. (not verified)

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 21:45

I made it a little bit bigger, tiled the inside, stained the wood a beautiful chocolate color, and built a small shelf to hold the food/water dishes. The tiles make it a breeze to clean... just take it outside a hose it out then dry it with a towel.

April F (not verified)

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:47

I just made two of these, to serve as nightstands. Right now, I use two of my show crates for this task, and it's a pain to take them down and re-load them for each dog show. I first saw these in a Skymall catalog, and totally drooled over them!

Two notes on the plans, though:
1. The cut list has an error. 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 3/4″ x 33 1/2″ needs to be TWO, not one, as the crate has two sides. I didn't discover this until after I had assembled the first two walls, and had nothing for the second crate. I needed to dip into my scrap pile for one of the sides.

2. Don't make the same mistake I made on steps 3 and 5. The images don't show the pocket holes, so it's implied by the drawing that the plywood goes on the outside, or finished side. But look at the image--it actually goes on the inside. I didn't realize my mistake until the "leave 1 inch" note on step 5. Now I have some interesting edges that I'll probably need to trim out. Making a prototype would have been a wise step to avoid this issue, but I skipped that step. My mistake!

Because I'm a huge fan of the look of old barn wood, I used the Classic Grey staining technique used in the wall jewelry box project. I adore the look! 1 quart was just barely enough for one coat on both sides for two crates, though. I prefer this over paint--claw scratches will look natural, as the surface is already aged in appearance. I purposefully did not build the doors--they aren't structural, and I want these two crates to be full access. If I need containment, I'll bring in my show crates.

These crates are my second project from this site, and I'm using 4, maybe 5, total in a master suite remodel. Thank you thank you thank you!


Wed, 07/11/2012 - 15:52

We have two large dogs that are crated separately and this is a great way to be rid of those plastic crates for good! I am a bit concerned about chewing but they don't chew their crate now so hopefully they won't start. Very inexpensive way to add charm to our living space!