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Solid Cedar Doghouse

A Solid Cedar Doghouse for Your Best Friend

Keep your best friend warm and dry in this beautiful doghouse made of solid cedar. Cedar wood is naturally resistant to decay plus cedar is a natural insect repellent and helps keep fleas & ticks away. The raised floor helps keep your dog dry in wet weather and solid wood is a natural insulator to protect from cold in winter and the heat in summer.

Solid cedar shingles add a unique charm to this beautiful dog house. The simple cottage style makes it easy to build, and the eazy-off top makes it easy to keep clean. Solid cedar construction helps keep fleas and ticks away and will ensure it will last for decades. All you need to do is add a new coat of stain or finish every year or two to protect it from the elements.

You can build this beautiful doghouse with basic wood shop tools.

Tools You'll Need

  • Table Saw, Jig Saw
  • Router, Drill & basic hand tools
  • Basic Hand Tools

Dimensions

  • Height: 32 1/2"
  • Width: 26 1/2"
  • Depth:29"

Our free CedarDoghouse.pdf plans file includes a materials list, detailed parts drawings, hole layout drawings and detailed instructions for assembling this dog house.

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Doghouse Dimensions

Doghouse Dimensions

Doghouse Dimensions

This doghouse is designed for medium size dogs. A good general rule for the size of a doghouse is that it should be just big enough for your dog to enter, lie down in it, and turn around inside it. You may need to modify the dimensions to make it a better fit for you dog if needed.

How to Assemble the Doghouse Floor

Assembling the Doghouse Floor

Assembling the Doghouse Floor

Apply glue to mating surfaces and attach the floor boards to the 19 in. floor supports as shown. Secure with 1 1/2 in. finishing nails. Always be sure the assemblies are square as you work.

How to Make the Doghouse Sides

Assembling the Doghouse Sides

How to Assemble the Doghouse Sides

Apply glue to mating surfaces and position wall studs and 24" siding boards as shown. Secure with 1 1/4" finishing nails. Use 1 1/4" nails as 1 1/2" nails may protrude past the front surface of the siding boards.

How to Make the Doghouse Back

Assembling the Doghouse Back

Assembling the Doghouse Back

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and position the wall studs flush with the ends of the siding boards as shown. Use 1 1/4" nails as 1 1/2" nails may protrude past the front surface of the siding boards.

How to Assemble the Front

Assembling the Front of the Doghouse

Assembling the Front

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and arrange the 21" siding, 5" Siding, two wall studs, and the two door edges as shown. Secure the assembly with 1 1/4" finishing nails. Use 1 1/4" nails as 1 1/2" nails may protrude past the front surface of the siding boards.

Attaching the Door Trim to the Front

Attach Door Trim

Attach the Door Trim Around the Door Opening

Before attaching the door trim, you need to make a pencil mark around the bottom of the top trim piece so you can remove some material from the top of the door opening with your scroll saw.

Do not nail the trim into place yet. You need to cut the material away with the scroll saw first. Place the three door trim pieces in place as shown above with the edges of the vertical trim pieces flush with the door edges. Make a pencil mark around the bottom of the top trim piece.

Next, remove the three trim pieces and use your scroll to cut along the line you just made. Now, you can permanetely attach the door trim with glue and 1 1/4 in. finishing nails

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