DIY Dog Kennel House Build | #AD | The Carpenter’s Daughter


one of the biggest obsessions hands has
is wanted to come out in the garden all day every day particularly when I’m sat
on a desk and be so distracting so this week I thought I’d show you how I made
this dog kennel to keep him warm dry and cool and it’s got a detachable roof as
well and it’s so robust and I absolutely love it and we currently store his
toys in there so keep on watching and I’ll show you how I made it so for this
project I’ll be testing out the latest one battery power tool range from herb
our which are now available in all being QED stores and I was really excited
about this because I loved the idea of not having to worry about cables getting
in the way when you’re cutting and I never run out of power once because the
fast charger takes up to an hour and they’ve also got brushless motors so
they’ve got a 25% longer running time and they’re great for using in the
garden as well but more importantly I was really looking forward to some more
professional cuts before I got started I wanted to familiarize myself with my
first ever circular saw so now on to the real deal I decided to make this with 18
millimeter thick plywood that way I didn’t have to worry about making an
internal frame and I bought two sheets of this but as being cue to reduce it
down to 900 mil because that’s the maximum I could fit in my camper van and
the length of these are 2.44 meters and although I’d drawn a plan I initially
decided I wanted the side panels to be half this distance and clap the wood to
my sawhorses then my spirit level down to use it as a cutting guide and I
really enjoyed how quick and easy this was to make eight professional long
straight cut so yeah not looking back so now I’ve got two squares that are nine
years of mill by about twelve hundred mil and I decided to go for a sloping
lean-to design with the front being the tallest and the back would be the
shortest and after measuring hands I decided a five degree would give him a
lot of room so I felt my sliding bevel I’ve held it against one of the corners
on the 900 mil side and after drawing along it I then
extended that line until I got to the other side now had a bit of difficulty
here with a circular saw because it was going slightly against the grain so for
my angled cut I decided to turn to my jig saw instead and this was so much
quicker and once that first panel was done I removed it and place my uncut
panel on the saw horses and then my newly cut one on top so I could draw
along the slope to cut it and create a matching pair just to point out that if
you are going to use any plywood that’s thinner than this you’re probably going
to need to create an internal frame as well and once I’ve cut both pieces off
that I didn’t need and then clamp the two together and sanded them down with a
sandpaper attachment on the herb our cordless multi-tool and once my two side
panels were done I need to start working on the front and the back panel I use my
sliding bevel again and set it to the same slope from the lowest side of one
of the panels and then pulled the red lever on the circular saw don’t worry
and remove the battery and I could adjust the plate to the same angle as
the sliding bevel and now I’m on to my second plywood panel because I’ve
already used the first one up and I made sure I cut my beveled edge first to
avoid any mistakes at this point I completely forgot about the guide
attachment so I’ll show you that in a minute
perfect but I was over the moon with my first bevel cut and I can see this being
very useful in the future and while I’m sanding this down hands thoroughly
trained help with a bowl then I need you to measure the tallest side of one of
the side panels but it was very important that transferred this
measurement on this side of the ply because the outer was the tallest area
of the bevel so another way of looking at this is the front panel and I’m
measuring from the back of it it’s always best to make something bigger
rather than smaller because it’s easy to deduct then add and this is what I
thought the kennel was just far too big for hands so I decided to reduce the
front panels width to 800 and the side panels width to 1100
and now quickly just measuring hands shoulder-width and I thought this 40
centimeter with opening was perfect for him and this is when I remembered about
the track attachment so I only had to set that one thing up and not have to
measure twice when cutting two matching panels then from a final panel at the
back and repeating that bevel cut first then my straight court now although I
didn’t make an internal frame I did make a base frame because I wanted to be able
to prop it up off the ground and something that I’ve seen online and
really wanted to try out it’s kind of thing my structural pieces of timber
together and clamp them to the sawhorses and cross cut with a circular saw and
there will be a full comprehensive shopping list below with all the timber
and stuff that used this is also pre treated timber because I wanted my hard
efforts to last and now I’m ready to build my face and I’ve just placed an
offcut of ply on the sawhorses just so I could have a flat level surface so my
brace frame would rest evenly on it and I could camp it together easier and make
sure it was all square while pre drilling and screwing together it was
very important I used a countersink bit as well I also fixed another long nob
unit in the center and with some of the off cuts I cut up nine pieces to use his
feet and clamp them and screwed them while they were resting on that ply and
then after flipping upside down I walked along it and I was really happy with
this then to give the base some flooring and I had a few strips of OSB left over
and I screwed them directly on top putting a few together and I use the
over jig saw to trim off all of the excess as a went along but it was
important to me that nothing protruded next and pop the base on top of my saw
horses I’ve got a bit creative and I plant some offcuts directly underneath
and either side so I could use as a shelf or a lip to rest my panels in
place correctly and then screw them to the sides you can also see a strip of
plywood to use as a stopper so nothing protruded either because I’ve decided to
use some trim later on I used a countersink bit for the
screws as well and to join the panels together
I used waterproof glue along the cut and I’ve actually drawn a line on the front
and that was to avoid any miss placement of screws while joining them together but as a went on I ran out of places
where to cut my makeshift shelf so instead I’d screw a piece underneath
temporarily but when it came to needing to create the door opening on the front
a place to Institute for now and made measurements to find the equal distance
in the center of where I wanted to cut it I also marked out the base from the
front and crudely drew where the flooring was as well but I wasn’t
totally happy with this method so later I just got in myself and drew along
whether face light anyway now it’s completely up to you if you want your
opening to be a curved top or a boxy shape but I wanted to go for something
more stylish so using an offcut of ply I’ve drilled a hole so I could fit a
pencil inside and position it where the top pencil line went and I’ve taught
that in place at the top lined up this strip with the centerline and fixed into
place with a screw knowing full well I’m gonna cut this area out later anyway and
then I was able to swing it left and right and draw a curved pencil line at
the same time I just love this technique so I drilled a hole big enough for the
jigsaw blade to slot through and cut along my pencil line and now we’re on to a new day
it was chucking it down outside and I had to bring this in my conservatory
because I haven’t treated it yet and then create a curved edge with the herb
ours pom router now this is the only tool that I needed to plug in but a
little tip that I recommend for this is to stand – the jigsaw edge down first
which I’ve didn’t do and then router over a straighter edge but I knew that
after sanding it and painting it it would all look fine in the end
I also smoothed it from behind as well because I didn’t like the idea of it
catching on Hans’s fir and this is when I also started making it the detachable
lid and all I did was just clamp some more structural pieces of wood around it
to get a square edge by also made my cuts 5 mil longer throughout so I had
more give while lifting it on and off the other feature that I’d never had
before in a jigsaw which I thought was really cool was being able to adjust the
base on this as well for some mitered cuts and I needed a couple of these
because it was a sloping roof and now it’s dry again I took the opportunity to
count it all over with a preserver but I purposely didn’t do the inside because
it’s toxic and I was gonna add felt to the roof anyway to make it waterproof so
very similar to the base that I made I’m using the offcuts that I got when being
cue reduce the width down to 900 and marking where they lie and then cutting
them down and screwing them down until I’ve got to the end I also used some
more structural off-course so could screw the panels directly down
to them also and made sure there were gaps on the side of them so I could
easily sort the roof on and off but had to temporarily attach them and then mark
and screw them down where the line I did actually make sure the width of
McConnell was narrower than a meet width of this roll now I do consider this
kennel fairly big so I want to make sure the felt roof stayed in place and I
coated it with a felt adhesive almost all over
but I paid a lot of attention to the joins and where the screws were so it
would all smooth out and make it a flat even surface
I also found a lot of places recommended a five centimeter overhang so you could
fold it around your project so after making sure it was even I applied
pressure with a clean paint roller and then hammock down the edges using some
count nails and then to tidy up the corners I sliced along the crease with a
stanley knife chuck it under and then hammer down that
overlap and then remove any excess along the bottom with the stanley knife again
so now that my clear preserver is definitely dried I gave it three
coats of the same waterproof shed stain that I’ve used on our shed and garage
door and although I was going to add some trim later I felt like it was
lacking something so decided I wanted to make a personalized plaque but something
that gave me a lot of inspiration was I’m one of the days it started to rain
hands walked on some of the plywood leaving some wet paw prints and I took a
photo of that but loaded into the computer colored the pouring shrink it
down on a word document and place it along the side of his name which are
then printed out and believe it onto some old painting that had so I could
use it as a template with my router and I thought I’d work on these poor first I
had so much fun doing this and I used a straight Imperial bit for this I already
had and then I sanded it completely back down to bare wood and found some old
black spray paint in the garage and sprayed it into my routed area so it
would stand out and once it was dry sanded that back down again and then I
randomly thought this would look cool as a dog bone shape so the jigsaw became
really useful again and after sanding down the edges i gently painted over the
same stain on the kennel and left it to dry and place it upside down and sprayed
the edges black and then followed with some spray varnish and a project is
always exciting when you get to the last part and that is staining the trim and
then after cutting them down to size I’ve drilled more holes around it and
screw it into place with screws and a washer for detail but before you start
trying to fix those in place it’s a good idea to mark where the clap nail
why so you know they’re not going to get in the way and of course had to recoat
any of the new cuts that are made and for the final job I then cut my pieces
of trim down so it could cover any of the end grains and cover any of the
screws and for this I applied construction adhesive held them into
place and again attach with screws and washers to match so that’s it for this
one I am particularly happy with how it turned out and if you’d like to make one
yourself we didn’t quite follow the video there’s a full step by step blog
post below with everything and if you do anything differently feel free to
comment below and I think that’s it so yeah if you liked it don’t forget to
give it a thumbs up and subscribe and hopefully I’ll see you in my next one
and I best get back to trimming my tree down thanks watching bye

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