How to build a dog house with recycled pallets

Hi I’m Craig Phillips and in this video I’m going to show you how to build your own dog kennel.


Hi I’m Craig Phillips and in this video
I’m going to show you how to build your own dog kennel using reclaimed pallet wood and
the tools you’re going to need: a chop saw; if you haven’t got a chop saw a hand saw.
We’re also going to use a jigsaw, set square, glues, screws, tape measure, clamps and cordless
screwdrivers. So once you’ve pulled your pallet apart and
denailed them all you can start cutting yourself a kit of parts. You know how big your dog
is so work out how long the kennel is going to be fit. This is for an
average-sized dog so I’m going to build mine about 900 millimeters in length. We’re
going to start off by building two sides of the actual kennel itself, very simple to
start with straight cuts I’m going to have it six panels high and then just two
batons on the back holding it into position. Okay, that’s six pieces now which is the height
we want our sides. I’m going to lay all these together. Those are the dry ones and
just place these square to the end of here. So now they’re nice and square across there
we want to cut a baton that will fit in here. Okay, so we’ve got that clamped together,
nice and square on the corners. We want to fix this baton down across the top. What we
do want to do is just take one of them for a moment offer it up to the end of our cut
there and draw ourselves a little pencil line and when we fit this baton we come to one
side of the pencil line and we leave that little gap there. I’ll explain exactly why
in a short while and drill ourselves a few pilot holes. We always want to drill two holes
in each section, so two screws grab each piece of timber below. We’ll apply some glue along here, then the
screws we’re going to use are about 40 millimeters so they go through the two pieces of wood
but not come out on the other side. Okay so that’s one piece fitted on that side, you
can release the clamp now and we’ll do exactly the same on the other side. So that is now
my side piece all made up. We’ve got the opposite side piece here, slip that into position.
One side piece here and another side piece there.
Now what you’ve got to work out is the actual width that you want to
make your dog kennel for your dog. Now, this is my back piece now, we have the two
sides a moment ago. This is going to be the back area, now you’ve noticed the
baton is in a little bit of a different place and of course these cuts are uneven. We know the sides, the height of the other
ones they’re six runs high, what we are going to do is we’re going to create
a pitch to the roof, so we’ve oversized them and we can cut that down later. The front
one I built again oversizing the strips like this but of course we want to cut an arch
out here for the dog to be able to walk through.  
So the batons we’ve fitted along the side there, that’s holding
these two slots together. This baton is glued and screwed holding and these two
slots, this one bridged across the top is keeping them all together. Again we’ve
overhang this, this will create the shape of the pitch on the roof but now we can
mark out a little arch in here and cut this out with a jigsaw.
Now to cut this arch for the dog to get through these three loose ones in the middle, of course,
that’s where they’re joined so they’re already cut.
  I’m just going to create my mark along here
and these two are the sides they’re going to stay in position. So we place that down,
get myself round like a bucket the width of what then
three pieces of timber are, mark something around that with a pencil. However,
I can’t cut that with a jigsaw with these battens being in place. So a little trick
to get around that is I can simply drill a hole here, one here and one here, same again
this side and that way when I turn that down flat I can see where my little holes are there.
  I place the bucket back on top of them directly
over the holes and simply trying to show my pencil mark now on the front that way I’ve
got a flatter surface and it’s a lot easier to use my jigsaw. So now you can see again
from the back why we put these batons here so we can get that cut out.
So the next stage is to start fixing all of our four sides together. These are our two
sides that we made up earlier. I’m going to get the back piece here.
Now, of course, the back piece we don’t have to cut anything out of that at the moment.
I’m just going to lift that up and I’m only going to temporary fix these corners together.
Later I’m going to fix these for real of course I’ve put plenty of glue on them.
Okay so now I lift the front into position. Now, remember earlier when we’re fixing these
batons on, I explained we wanted it setting back the width of what the slots are. So now that
should go in there and that will give us a nice strong corner.
This front section is screwed into that back baton that’s holding all these side sections
in. Now I’m not putting any glue on at the moment because again this is just a temporary
fix. You put in a little pilot hole, do the same
again the opposite side so now we’ve got the four sections all fixed together just temporary
for the moment. The next stage is for us to create the pitch on the actual roof I’m going
to take the pitch on the actual roof. I’m going to take the pitch of my roof about 720
millimetres here that way, a little mark here; that’s my centrepiece. Here we got one,
two, three, four. One, two, three, four that’s the one in the center. 
The very center of this piece this is about here, and place that on the pencil mark and
right to the corner of here and same again on the opposite side in the center of the
middle slot to the top of the sidewall slot. Okay, now there’s a couple of ways we could
cut this, of course we could get a circular saw and cut it. We could even cut it with
a jigsaw or if you haven’t got any power tools, of course, you can use a handsaw across here
a little bit quicker and safer to do it is to unscrew it place it down, clamp it down
and then short it. Okay now we have the pitch of the roof for
the front section, all we need to do now is take that around the back, use it as
a template to trace the shape on the back of it by placing that on the back of
it. Using my pencil and making sure it’s in the
center of the slots, copy that line on here and then we can
take this off clamp it down and recut it. Before I take that apart I am going to fit
this back to here now so it can be glued and screwed in for permanently and it will hold
the structure while I remove the back section. So now we know the front is all glued, screwed
into position, nice and strong I can remove the back section. Now the next stage on this,
we’re going to create a little bit of a canopy hangover before we fix the roof down.
So I’m going to use large four inch by two inch pieces, these are off the skids from
the underside of the old pallet. I’m going to just temporary place it flushed to the
top section of there because the next piece will butt up there and continue down here
but along this edge here I want to cut it, if it shakes my side falls there so if I mark
from hand you can see that the angle that I want to create.
So I’m clamping in position, clapping it into position there. Now, because we’ve
got to cut this on an angle and it’s quite a large piece of timber, four by two – it’s
a little bit too big for a small chopped saw like that so I’m going to cut it by hand
now. Now you can offer that in and put it up to
the first piece there, check that your cut is nice and flush with the shape at the side
if you’re happy with that which I am. I am going to mark underneath with my pencil same
again on that side, and then I can remove this one, apply some glue, we could have of
course drilled some pallet holes but now I have applied the glue and going to drill a
couple from the back here. Now place that back up into position and clamp
it down just to hold it while I screw it, just get the first couple of screws in flush
down there, it meets in the middle that’s great. It’s the front section, the apex done,
and all you have to do now is the same on the opposite side but using a small standard
size pallet slots. Now the back piece doesn’t have to be fixed on the back like the front
one, it helps to extend the canopy area. This is just acting as a strength, to strengthen
these bits and also giving you an anchor for when we put the roof slots on to screw into.
Now before you build the roof of the dog kennel you can actually construct a base. 
Now this is done exactly the way we did the side panels here; measure your length, measure
your width, cut down the right number of slots that you need, fix them together, the way
we did on here, place it in the center and then you can screw it in from the outside
to hold it into position. Now with my kennel only being a 900 millimeters
long I won’t need any support in the center, if you do your own a lot bigger you’ll need
to create some support in the center. But I can just take the standard pallet slot and
simply place them on. I place this one on and then the next one I’m going to lap over
the top of it to create a bit of a drip effect so of course when the rain comes down it’s
going to continually drip off there and not run inside the actual kennel itself. But that’s
the kind of look that I’m going to be going for once they are glued and screwed into position
and then of course we can cover these edges here with fascia board. OK now the first rail
is fixed nice and tight into position, your second one just slightly sit on top of the
lower one in this position keeping it nice and flush with the end of your canopy, checking
that you’ve got a relatively equal same sides on either side and then fix it into position.
So this top piece which is the last piece of the roof in. There’s going to be a small
little gap in there that we’ll cap off with a piece of pallet. We’ll just simply cut down
the center. Ok so that’s now the last slot fitted on the roof. I’m just going to cut
one of these down in half, place it on the top to act as a cap and then cover the front
here with a fascia board and you might find that your top has got a bit of a peak on it
and the little half piece of course isn’t sitting very flat. So if so, just plane the
edge off it and you’ll find that that will sit down a lot flatter and then you can get
a good fix in the top. For the fascia I found a piece of pallet slot which is a little bit
wider than the rest of them so that allows me then to apply it onto the front, cover
up all the cuts and the edges on there and just come to the bottom of the section we
fitted here. But of course we need to make thee meet in
the middle, so we find our position about here in the center of the roof. I’ll cut that
at a 45-degree angle using the chop saw. I’ve got it into position here, I’ll then make
another mark just on the end of the last piece of timber there for the roof. I get my set
square set at 45. I create my mark on it and that’s the piece that I need to cut. Absolutely
perfect, do the exact same on the opposite side and then glue and screw them on. So that’s
the  fascia board complete on the front, just got
to the same on the back and then it’s ready to be sand. And that’s how you build a dog
kennel out of reclaimed pallet wood. If this is going outside, you might apply some wood
treatment on it but do check the label and make sure that it’s safe for animals. If you
want to see any more pallet projects, please visit the website: silverlinetools.com

89 thoughts on “How to build a dog house with recycled pallets”

  1. Would it have been better to have the front and back overlap the sides rather than the other way around so no end grain is exposed to the elements?

  2. Pallets are soaked in chemicals to make them more durable against the elements..are you sure you should be building a house for your dog out of these

  3. This is one of the best videos I have ever seen!!!
    I have remolded 25 houses… so I know what he is talking about…
    I decided to mute this video…(just because I was too lazy to turn the volume up from the previous video).
    I was delightfully surprised that your instruction was sooo good, that I could follow you without sound..
    "Bravo" … "Thank YOU" sooo much for such a Great Tutorial..

  4. Brilliant what can be built from pallets, learn loads from your videos, could you build a cupboard please with two doors

  5. If I follow your instructions will my floor of the dog kennel magically appear like yours did? Lol
    I enjoy your vids 🙂

  6. Great Job and Simple work, Nice suit for you, Match for your Tool color.your pencil also Blue, Change Silverline Tools as Blueline Tools.

  7. Really great video and excellent tips. I will try this for our new puppy! Good explanations too, thanks for sharing.

  8. Awesome video gonna modify this as we have a cat that likes to sleep in our garden and with the colder months coming I'm going to make a cat house out off pallet wood

  9. I built a dog house following the steps in this video. very helpful! I would post pictures if I could do this here on youtube

  10. I built one very similar to this one using this video as a guide.
    I put a felt roof on it as I had some spare and used coach bolts screwed to blocks underneath as feet to keep it off the wet floor. I also painted the outside with some old fence paint and used second hand screws and nails throughout.
    I put it up for £30 on social media and sold it for £25.
    It cost me zero to build other than heating and lighting in my workshop.

  11. Just what I was looking for. Going to start working on mine tomorrow after work. But, going to insulate it … we're expecting more snow here!

  12. This a really good tutorial, I love the ratchet style clamp! Just want to say not all pallets have chemical on them. Glad to see it’s in cm etc not inches. Me personally for this climate I would put in some insulation. Great job! 🤙🏼🤙🏼

  13. SOME NOTES: The floor is too low to the ground, if its snowing it can mess up the insides. Also it will be cold, because the floor has holes. Cut a plywood piece for internal walls, floor and roof pieces it will help avoid drafts. Also put a rug inside and insulate all the connections with sealant to avoid wind going inside. Before you allow the dog to enter, weather proof the wood with a linseed oil or any other protective solution only from outside. When it dries dog can come inside. After that it will be concidered done, but I'd say it depends on geography of the place. Anyways, maybe someone will need this info.

  14. Our heart is the first house we build for our dogs when they become part of our family. As time passes and the seasons go on, the project of building a house for our dog becomes a concern because of the changing weather and because of our concern for the health and well being of our dogs it is necessary to take this project seriously as we do in our blog https://www.doggytownnews.com/2019/02/dog-house-blueprints-building-dog-house.html

  15. This is so great! I needed a couple of dog houses for my Call ducks. They're so expensive already built and I couldn't afford to buy the lumber. I can get pallets at the local feed store for free. Problem solved! Thank you so much!

  16. Hello sir! Big fun of your work👍 my question is this? I want to build a small fence for my dog. But i want to used pallets for this project, it needs to be at least 5ft high. Any good ideas? Thank you

  17. Thanks for the video. I followed your instructions and made the kennel slightly larger for my collie. Turned out a good strong kennel. Thanks again.

  18. Thanks man, it's very cool.

    I'm from Brazil and even without understanding English gave me a good idea how to make a house for my dog, especially the roof, I put a board next to the other, I think it would not be so good. The way you did it got a lot better gave me a pretty good idea how to do it.

    Sorry my english, blame google translator for the errors kkkkkkkkkkkk

  19. DONT BUILD DOG HOUSES FROM PALLETS! They migth be storaged in factories where they spilled chemicels on to them!!!

  20. I want to take on a project like this but I’m going to spend more money on buying tools that I’m going to use once then what I’m going to spend buying a kennel lol

  21. Hi. Love this video but the floor is missing. You've mentioned a few times that it's constructed the same as the sides, but you don't show how to connect it to the frame. Could you just mention the procedure for us newbies?

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