Molly's doghouse

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Project by Francois Vigneron posted 01-22-2012 09:23 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first design an joinery project, completed in July 2007 in Altadena, CA for the lovely Molly. She still likes to hang out in there and is the most adorable dog ever, playful but trustworthy and a second mother to the kids. She does not forget about us, even though we visit only each summer from june to august and she keeps my in-laws safe and happy all year long. She was a little scared by the flash of the camera so she tried to hide after the 3rd picture.

Doghouse is made of 2×4 douglas fir joined by mortise & tenons. The roof is doweled and was designed to be removed for cleaning (though we never did). Once the roof is off, the plywood panels could slide out. The floor rests on a rabbet so it’s easy for us to reach for her toys if they roll under the house. My father in law added the roof shingles and my mother in law found the dog head-figure in a thrift store and glued it at the top. A family project and a happy dog.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 09:46 PM

I bet Molly’s happy now

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 04:46 PM

my doggie is named molly, she is my love, she has used the underside of our house as a get away, but were getting it enclosed and she will need her own place, your dog house has inspired me to make her a palace of her own, ill work on its design for a bit and start this spring, joinery shall be a very fun part of this as well as the wood itself…but i hope molly is well..and im glad she is a part of your family….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 05:48 PM

Thanks Grizzman, Molly is still with us and happy as ever. She got two new adoptive brothers, Curly & Chewy… But she will always be my special girl. I would trust her with my life and I believe that somehow, she knows too.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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