All measurements throughout this project are given in both standard (ft and inches) and metric (mm).
The imperial (standard) measurements are given first followed by the metric measurements in brackets ().
The doghouse stands 34″ (850mm) high, it is 32″ (800mm) wide, and 48″ (1200mm) long.
It will accommodate a reasonably large dog but is still suitable for smaller dogs.
The doghouse is constructed out of 150mm x 25mm (1″ x 6″) boards for the floor and roof, 50mm x 50mm (2″ x 2″) lumber for the framing and skids and 10mm (3/8″) thick exterior type plywood for the walls.
A bit about the framing lumber size
If you use dressed (smooth, surfaced, planed) lumber for the frame, then the finished (actual) size of the wood (width and thickness) will be less than the size given above.
50mm x 50mm (2″ x 2″) wood, when dressed (smooth, surfaced, planed) will become approximately 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (45mm x 45mm).
If you use dressed lumber you will need to make adjustments to the measurements given in the cutting list. Refer to note 2 on the next page for more information.
Alternative wood sizes
If 2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm) stock is not available in your area, one option is to rip (cut lengthwise) 2″ x 4″ (100mm x 50mm) stock in half. The latter is very common.
If 1″ x 6″ (150mm x 25mm) boards are unobtainable, then use different size boards or even plywood.
Treated wood and your dog
Some dogs gnaw on wood and some treated woods contain preservatives that can be toxic. If you have such a dog then be careful of the type of wood that you use. Some woods are naturally resistant to decay and do not need treatment. Your local lumber store will be able to advise you on the best types of wood to use.
About the painting
Any untreated wood should be painted using Wood Primer, Enamel Undercoat and Super Gloss Enamel. When dried the paint would be non-toxic to dogs chewing, but any damage taking the paint system back to bare wood would eventually allow water and increase the danger that the lumber may eventually begin to rot.
Identifying the parts
The cutting list
Note 1: Items (1), (2), (6), (8), and (9) in the table below should be wood suitable for exterior use. Read the notes on the previous page for information on measurements, wood sizes, alternatives and treated lumber.
Note 2: If you use dressed (smooth, surfaced, planed) lumber for the frame, then items (4) and (5) will have to be cut accordingly. They will need to be slightly longer than the lengths given below.
|ITEM No.||MATERIAL / SIZE||AMOUNT AND LENGTH||DESCRIPTION|
|(1)||2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm)||3 @ 48″ (1200mm)||Under floor skids|
|(2)||1″x 6″ (150mm x 25mm)||8 @ 31 1/4″ (780mm)||floor boards|
|(3)||2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm)||4 @ 31 1/4″ (780mm)||end wall plates|
|(4)||2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm)||8 @ 14″ (350mm)||studs|
|(5)||2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm)||2 @ 44″ (1100mm)||side wall plates|
|(6) & (8)||1 sheet 3/8″ (9mm) exterior plywood.||cut as per plan||wall cladding|
|(7)||2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm)||6 @ 22″ (550mm)||rafters|
|(9)||1″x 6″ (150mm x 25mm)||10 @ 60″ (1500mm)||Roofing boards|
- Cut all the pieces according to the cutting list on page 2 and cut the plywood wall panels to the shapes and dimensions as shown in the plans on the previous page.
- Fix the 8 floorboards (#2) to the three under floor skids (#1) with 3″ (75mm) galvanized nails. Ensure the finished floor dimensions are 31-1/4″ x 48″ (780mm x 1200mm). The three under floor skids should be evenly spaced with two each side and one in the middle. Go to the plans on the previous page for reference.
- Nail the front and rear frames comprising of top and bottom plates (#3) and studs (#4) together. Overall frame dimensions of both front and rear frame should be 18″ (450mm) high and 31-1/4″ (780mm) wide.
- Ensure the placement of the intermediate studs allow a gap of 12″ (300mm) for the doorway. See diagrams for reference. Stand and fix the front and rear frames in place at each end of the floor.
- Fix the 2 sidewall top plates (#5) in place.
- Fix the wall panels (#6, #8) to the frames using 2″ (50mm) galvanized flathead nails.
- Fix the rafters (#7) in place.
- Fix the 10 roofing boards (#9) (5 each side) to the rafters beginning with the lowest board. The roof boards are 60″ (1500mm) long and the House is 48″ (1200mm) long, therefore the roof boards should overhang each end of the House by 6″ (150mm). The first roofing board should overhang the sidewalls by 1″ (25mm) to 2″ (50mm). Fix the rest of the roofing boards in place checking that all overlaps are even.
- Finally, cut out the portion of the bottom plate (#3) that is in the doorway.
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