Kennel for $20





Introduction: Kennel for $20

Kennel for a dog or cat made from a plastic storage bin

Step 1: Box Selection

Select a box that's the right size for your pet.
- best boxes/storage bins have flat sides (easier to cut doors out)
- screw down the lid to the box with six nuts and bolts (this is so the kennel does not come apart)
-screw locations should be spread out to offer most strength (the corners and in the middle of the long sides are ideal spots)
- cut the entrance opening with a hack saw (start bending it downwards at the corners to make it cut downwards, this creates a nice rounded corner.
- drill ventilation holes around the top of the box (I used a 1" drill bit, spacing isn't critical as long as it's fairly even)

Step 2: Door Latch

- the bottom part will naturally snap into existing lid lip
- drill 2 holes in the door and 2 at the top of the box to accommodate latch screws
- use either metal strapping or those handy flat metal pieces with pre-drilled holes
- secure 2 pieces of the strapping to the door with 2 nuts and bolts (some sort of lock washer helps to keep the screws from coming loose)
- at the top of the box screw 2 nuts and long bolts.
- when you close the door use another set of nuts to secure it in place (I use some wing nuts for ease and speed of opening)

Step 3: Practical Testing

- the picture shows the detail of the latch mechanism
- there are countless ways of securing the door, use whatever you have or works for you

After field testing:

- there were not enough ventilation holes, I didn't account for my dog heating up. I drilled another row of holes on the bottom and quite a few holes in the door and the top of the box. This way there is good circulation, cool air comes in through bottom and warm air leaves through the top. I had built this kennel as a car kennel, it can however be used anywhere. The shape of the box with its molded handles make it quite portable. Final note, an equivalent kennel from a pet store would have cost me $195 for the same size I have built.



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    That's a good cheap solution :)

    This was posted on my facebook page ... what do you guys think of this??

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    Ventilation & view - What if you used those cooling grids that you can put baked goods on after coming out of the oven to cool? They are cheap and often come 2 or more in a package. A fairly large one on each side, secured by a broad-headed screw on the inside, and a large washer & "end nut" on the outside (covered end nut to avoid snagging passers-by). Going TOTALLY cheap - you might use a series of PC fan grids, if you have access to a bunch of old PCs, like a lot of techies do.

    First..there is no way that not having a screen door is cruel! Get a grip! Even if using it for the dog's kennel there is no way could be considered cruel. She sad she even tested it and added more vent holes. I think this is a great idea! Especially when housebreaking!

    This is great usage of creativity. Great idea. Im worried about the front panel being all closed like that, its truly like putting them in a Tupperware container. What about moding it out by cutting a square hole in the front door panel and replacing it with rubber coated chicken wire? Just a suggestion. :)

    My idea exactly. i would never put an animal in something that didn't have a screen door. you can drill all the holes you want. The average temperature of a healthy dog is 101 °F or 38 °C. Your dog will overheat in a short time even in your house on a mild day. Even if he doesn't have heat stroke, he may have brain damage. This is cruel. Use HARDWARE cloth with 1/2" screening to construct a proper Door. It is cheap and easy to work with. You can also use a door knob drill bit to drill some portholes around the sides.

    You must live in a hot climate. Your comment makes a few assumptions. I do not use this kennel in the house, I use it while traveling. I have modified the kennel, it has a greater percentage of holes than actual material. Large percentage of the holes are 3" in diameter. The kennel works very well has good: strength, ventilation, the dogs love it. They never overheat, even on hot days. Your perception of cruelty is miss guided and frankly judgmental. Thanks for the suggestions however I will not modify something that cost $20 to make and works very well as it is.

    I stick by my original comment. without a cage door, i would call this inappropriate at the very least.

    Good idea, I was going for the minimalist and $20 budget, and if I were to spend more on this project I would definitely incorporate the rubber coated chicken wire in the door. I have drilled quite a few more 3" holes all around, which gives the kennel a funky swiss cheese block look. I did take into consideration the dog head size and with 3" holes (for my breeds) will not get them stuck. Something to consider if you are making a kennel for smaller breeds.