dog kennel

  • Advertise with us
Project by JoeyG posted 03-25-2011 02:15 PM 2232 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have 3 dachshunds and we crate them at night. Well our newest pup, who is named Pepper, didn’t like to sleep alone. I had piece’s of a old ikea bunk bed and decided I would use it to make a kennel for them. This is what I came up within just a couple of hours. At first I had planed to to make a top to sit on the extended legs so there would be two shelves. I have since decided that it would be to high so I cut off the legs flush with the top rail and now it is even with the arm of our couch. It makes a great end table, the puppies enjoy hanging out in it together and we get to sleep all night. I didn’t put a finish on it because I was worried of my dogs chewing on it and possible getting poisoned. If anyone knows of a safe and durable finish that is safe for animals I am all ears. My daughter and I, also built a bookshelf in this same style. She was 8 at the time and is begging to get back in the shop and make something else. If I can find the pictures of it I will post them also. I know I have them somewhere.

Thanks for letting me share and remember that all that stuff most people would just throw out can become something usable, beautiful, or both.

-- JoeyG ~~~

9 comments so far

View Bluepine38's profile


3379 posts in 3284 days

#1 posted 03-25-2011 03:34 PM

Nice little kennel, but you forgot the picture of the owners of the house, I know us humans think we own
the house, but dogs know better, and are willing to humor us. Great recycling and in this case it is both
beautiful and usable. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

View dakremer's profile


2742 posts in 3290 days

#2 posted 03-25-2011 04:49 PM

hope your dog isnt a chewer! haha. Looks like pine. my dog would chew through that in a couple of hours!

very cool though – I would have never thought to do that. I like the design. Good job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

View JoeyG's profile


1275 posts in 2824 days

#3 posted 03-25-2011 05:50 PM

Here are the little devils. They are just little guys. They like chewing on my kids toys more than anything else. It’s helping to teach my kids to pick up their toys after they finish playing. It was a fun little project

-- JoeyG ~~~

View Jack_T's profile


623 posts in 3230 days

#4 posted 03-26-2011 04:30 PM

Great job making something utilitarian good looking at the same time; and its green to boot. A safe finish is lacquer. The best part is it drys very fast and you can find it in spray cans if you do not have your own spray equipment. Finish it in the morning and use it the same night.

Is the white one a duchshund as well? I never saw any color other than brown.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

View JoeyG's profile


1275 posts in 2824 days

#5 posted 03-26-2011 04:59 PM

Yes all three of them are.
I thought about using lacquer. I ran a cabinet shop for years so I have sprayed my share. I just don’t like the idea of them chewing on it. I will probably just leave it raw. Lacquer is great. Three coats in one day and it’s out the door. I love the stuff but have been trying more conventional methods of finishing in my workshop these days. No production deadlines so it doesn’t matter if it takes a month to finish.

-- JoeyG ~~~

View bigike's profile


4055 posts in 3487 days

#6 posted 05-29-2011 05:41 PM

I bet that kennel can’t hold these little buggers, check this out. Seven little ones 22 in all ( she had two other litters 7 and 8 )

Sorry about how you have to click into the link but I’m no computer expert, and when I put the pic so you don’t have to click into it I get pics off centered so please bare with me.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View bigike's profile


4055 posts in 3487 days

#7 posted 05-29-2011 05:42 PM

That is a neat idea though, I only thought of building a dog house in the yard. Very cool!
Sorry, forgot to mention shellac is a great finish they do use it on some candy, plus it’s durable.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View JoeyG's profile


1275 posts in 2824 days

#8 posted 05-29-2011 05:48 PM

I think they might fit for a little while, but not long. No worries with the pics, what kind of pups are they?
I don’t know a lot of the breeds. They look like they will be a handful real soon

-- JoeyG ~~~

View NBeener's profile


4816 posts in 3373 days

#9 posted 05-29-2011 05:53 PM


I have a soft spot in my heart for wiener dogs. Our family pet was half dachsy and half basset. Really … not the sharpest chisel in the drawer, but so, so sweet.

I’m glad you built such a great home for such a cool pack of animals. Give ‘em all (not the kennel, so much, but the dogs) a scritch behind the ears, for me, huh ?

-- -- Neil

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics