Dog Crate

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Project by Ivan posted 03-26-2009 03:29 PM 1815 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box for my Buddy. We have a wire dog crate that works ok, but it was beat up and took up allot of room and didn’t offer any additional functionality.

It’s made from Red Oak and Maple ply, stained and finished off with 3 coats of clear Shellac. Inside is lined with Formica to keep it from getting too scratched and hopefully any ‘spills’ will be contained. Corners are caulked.

The door opens like the old garage doors before they had multiple panels with hinges.

Overall the Formica was the most challenging part, as I had never worked with it before. The Contact Cement remains flexible, so when flush trimming the cement would stay attached to the panel leaving a film that had to be trimmed with a sharp knife.

Hope you enjoy!

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 04:41 PM

Very nice. I’ve been considering making something like this. You did a great job with it.

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 06:35 PM

Having laid over 10,000 sq. ft. of laminate in my past, I can give you a couple of tips on the glue residue. Use a laminate file to smooth the edge after you route. Then use acetone to clean up the glue residue. This is one lucky dog, his “dog house” is really nice, tell him to be good to you or you’ll rent it out to another doggie.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 07:34 PM

This is special! Nice job. It also gives you a nice place to stay when the wife is mad! haha!
Kidding aside it looks great Ivan!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 03-26-2009 07:54 PM

But how can he see the television from there? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-26-2009 09:01 PM

Outstanding piece of furniture. That’s just beautiful. Buddy has a beautiful new home. Speaking as someone who’s house has too many ugly dog crates, that’s a beaut! You’ve inspired me to come up with something like that for my beasts!!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 09:02 PM

Thanks guys.

I found that my flush trim bit actually left the Formica slightly proud, maybe 1/64” – 1/32”. The Glue that was on the laminate but no sandwhiched between the wood was what did not cut fully by the router, leaving a rubbery film. I think that film kept the cutter from fully trimming the laminate back.

I used a file to get it down where I had to and a ROS to get the ends.

Cuts on the tablesaw where I went through BOTH the laminate and wood cut very cleanly and there was no film left behind.

So far the pup isn’t that fond of his new home, but our other dog seems to like it, too bad that the pup will be about 2x’s his size and the crate was made for the him. Oh well, always how it goes with best laid plans.

The TV is a relic by todays standards, but it’s also not costing us anything, and I don’t watch allot of TV, so…

Thanks for the kind words.

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#7 posted 03-26-2009 09:03 PM


May I add that I think my pup would like it more if the front had some openings to let more light in. Doesn’t seem to like the dark that much…


-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#8 posted 03-28-2009 09:22 PM

Dog Crates are a safe way of transporting your dog in the car, as well as a way of taking him places where he may not be able to run freely. If you properly train your dog to use a dog crate, he’ll think his dog crate is a safe place and will be happy to spend time in his dog crate when needed.

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