Introduction: HomeMade Modern DIY Geometric Doghouse


Despite its faceted, angular appearance, this modern doghouse is quite easy to construct.

Step 1: Supplies + Tools

¼” Sanded Plywood
Purchase at Home Depot
I used a single 4’ by 8’ sheet of ¼” birch veneer plywood. I had the nice people at Home Depot cut two 14” wide strips for me.

2x3s
Purchase at Home Depot
I used 2x3s and 2x2s to make the angled support blocks.

RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

RYOBI Circular Saw

Step 2: Pick a Size

The triangles should be about the same height of your sitting dog. Fletcher is about 14” tall sitting so I had the nice people at Home Depot cut two 14” wide strips of plywood for me.

Step 3: Measure, Mark and Clamp the Two Boards Together

The doghouse is made from equilateral triangles. Measure off the triangles and then clamp the 2 boards together.

Step 4: Cut the Plywood

Once the triangles have been marked, use the laser guide on your RYOBI circular saw to follow the lines and cut the triangles.

Step 5: Measure and Cut the Angled Blocks

There are 2 ways to cut the angled support blocks. If you only have a 5-1/2” diameter circular saw, measure and mark the 2x3s as shown in the diagram.

If you have a 7-1/4” diameter or greater circular saw, set the blade to cut at a 42 degree angle and cut the blocks.

Step 6: Sand the Edges

Use 200 grit sandpaper to smooth down the edges.

Step 7: Assemble

Screw the angled blocks to the plywood triangles and screw the pieces together.

Step 8: Cut the Pieces for the Entry

I cut several of the plywood triangles in half to make a nice doorway for Fletcher.

Step 9: Add Supports

Add in additional wood blocks to strengthen the dog house.

Step 10: Done!

Good luck making your own geometric doghouse, and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or ben@homemade-modern.com. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.

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milesnorth made it! (author)2014-10-21

Sweet! Want to build a guest house like this. Lovely! Or maybe a ....... dog house :-)

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ZaneEricB made it! (author)2014-08-07

well...played...again!

*slow-clap

Seriously, the way in which you utilize simplicity makes me want to burn down, throw put, or otherwise destroy everything i have so that i can declutter my life and make simplicity as beautiful as you do!

So...im off to the store....plywood to buy!...in inches

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iamchrismoran made it! (author)2013-06-16

Am I missing something? The geometry teacher in me says your dimensions are not right if these sides are equilateral triangles. If they are 14" tall, then all three sides should be about 19.8" long. And since you used angles for the angle blocks, might just as well use 60 deg angles to double check the triangles.
As another pointed out, it will likely roll pretty easily.

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Jorghe made it! (author)Jorghe2014-04-30

If using Pythagoras theorem you must sqrt( (8 1/4'')^2 + (1'2'')^2) is almost 1'4 1/4'' of the hyphotenuse, then check the other sides and must be equal, therefore angles are of 60°

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jgmaciasf made it! (author)2013-07-29

Is there any way I could build these in a larger scale? I got two labs and a staffie, so I sorta need them to be strong...

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cas6767 made it! (author)2013-06-27

Buckminster Fuller approved!

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jgmaciasf made it! (author)jgmaciasf2013-07-29

Exactly!

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criggie made it! (author)2013-06-16

Just remember that Martian Climate Orbiter which was lost in 1999, Lockheed Martin engineers used numbers as American units rather than Metric. Even NASA has been fully metric since t 1990. Conversion is not a good solution - just use an error-resistant system from the start.

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Alex Ribeiro made it! (author)Alex Ribeiro2013-06-16

This site lacks a Like button. Thank you! I think the same thing.

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pattiemelt made it! (author)pattiemelt2013-06-19

Since y'all appear to have a problem with somebody who was just trying to be helpful, I've removed my original comment - have a nice day, unless you can find a problem with that, too.

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Woogaus made it! (author)Woogaus2013-06-18

There's just one problem with that, if your brought up using one system it's very difficult to think in another. I doesn't faze me to switch back and forth, because I was brought up using both, but most of the guys I work with can't wrap their minds around the metric system. I had a big discussion the other day when one of them wanted to drill and tap a 6mm hole, when they asked me what size to drill the hole, I told them 5.5 mm, they asked what "real" size was that. LOL, I prefer the metric system myself, but since I live in America, I use what's commonly know when discussing measurements with most people.

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criggie made it! (author)criggie2013-06-18

Yeah that's fair enough - make the kids learn metric and this problem vanishes in 50 years.

My country went metric in 1967, my car was built new in 1973, and it still has a MPH speedo.

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BeBexXx made it! (author)2013-06-16

I do like it...

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pringlepups made it! (author)2013-06-16

This looks like it could also be used as a nesting box for a chicken or chickens!

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FancyIdeas made it! (author)2013-06-16

Looks like a great fun toy for cats, too - but I'd pad the outside with quilt batting or something similar to avoid banging up furniture when they 'run' inside the 'house' and it goes skittering around the room!

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techhobbit made it! (author)2013-06-13

Well done!
I want to make one of these, about 6 foot diameter, so when I'm told "You're in the doghouse!", I can say "Okay, cool!" and off I go to hang out and be as happy as... this dog!

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iamchrismoran made it! (author)iamchrismoran2013-06-16

I've been planning for a long time to make an instructable for a scalable icosahedron (based on wanted final height or volume) that could easily suit that need... perhaps this summer.

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amonj02 made it! (author)2013-06-13

It's pretty cool. But I don't have a dog. :(

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funkytaco made it! (author)funkytaco2013-06-15

Make one for yourself.

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It's very cool, I'm tempted to make one for our Guinea Pigs

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Alex Ribeiro made it! (author)2013-06-15

It's really difficult to read it in inches, please, can you include the measures in metric system? Thank you.

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origami99 made it! (author)2013-06-14

I love this! And I'm sure my cats will too!

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paganwonder made it! (author)2013-06-14

You could also use wire or zip ties to connect the pieces thereby eliminating the backing blocks on the inside (plus save a lot of screws).

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Chloe8 made it! (author)2013-06-13

This is super cute! I want one for my dog.

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Mr.Sanchez made it! (author)2013-06-13

Wowww...thanks for share. Do you think its a good option for a bigger dog..like a retriever ?

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jessyratfink made it! (author)2013-06-13

eeeeee! It's lovely. Fletcher's so cute. :D

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j0lt made it! (author)2013-06-13

Nice craft. Is it stable ? because from the shape i assume it can roll over if the dog steps on the sides.

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