Since Vaughn recently posted his “doggie gate” project, I thought I’d show some pictures of the dog crate/bed/den that I just completed. The pictures show the build progress.
It’s made from plain old #1 Common pine, except for the half inch plywood top and bottom. Sized to fit my Standard Schnauzer, Shana (see my avatar, above), it’s 25½” wide, 37½” long, and 26´high. The inside dimensions are about the same as a wire crate I already had, so that I can use the plastic ‘drip tray’ from it to protect the wooden floor.
The finish is several coats of garnet shellac.
Commercial wire cages only seem to be available with a door on one end, but to allow more versatility in placement within the room, I decided to put a door in one side as well.
To allow for moving it around easily (portability), I used ‘knock-down’ fasteners to put the panels together, and the lid just drops on, held in place by the decorative lip around it. The whole thing just breaks down, in about two minutes, into four panels, the floor, and the lid – all easily stacked, stored, or transported.
It was a fun project to build. I worked on it off and on for about a week.