Step 1: Gather What You Need
- saw with a miter box
- multi-bits screwdriver
- tape measure
- a pair of compasses
- power drilling / screwing machine
- nailing gun
- plywood sheets (I chose 1/4" tick)
- 2x2 studs
- one drywall bull nose (to rainproof the roof)
- 8 L shape braces and 2 T shape braces
Once you gather all the tools and the materials, you can begin the construction of the doghouse: let's go to step # 2 !
Step 2: Putting Together the Framing
Get two length section and two width section and assemble it together with the help of 4 L shape brackets and some screws as shown as the second picture. This will be the bottom of the frame.
Redo that same operation and this will be the top of the frame. You now have two identical sections, top and bottom. (see third picture)
Now you can get the six remaining sections and screw them perpendicularly to the bottom section with some longer screws, then screw the top frame on the opposite side, as shown on the picture bellow.
The main framing is now done. It is not very rigid by now but it will gradually improve once we nail the siding to it in the following steps.
Step 3: Front and Back Siding Assembly
Measure the total width and height of your frame from the previous step and report those dimensions on one sheet of plywood ; you now have two rectangular shape (back and front siding) drawn on the plywood.
Now draw two isosceles triangle centered above each rectangle with the help of the ruller and the protractor.
Once the front and back shape are drawn you can cut it with the help of the saw (or jigsaw) and nail it to the back and the front of the frame.
Step 4: Roof Support Assembly
Take some left over 2x2 studs and cut four identical pieces we are going to use as the roof support (see second picture for the details)
Cut also two small pieces we are going to use as a reinforcement. (see picture below for the details)
Now nail one reinforcement piece and the two roof support on one side so it flush with the top of the side as indicated on the picture below. Repeat for the other side with the remaining pieces.
Finally, screw one T bracket to the reinforcement and to the frame as indicated on the last picture. Repeat for the other side with the remaining reinforcement piece and the T bracket.
Step 5: Left and Right Siding Assembly
Measure the total width and height of your frame from the step # 2 and report those dimensions on one sheet of plywood ; you now have two rectangular shape (left and right siding) drawn on the plywood.
Finally, cut it with the help of the saw (or jigsaw) and nail it to the left and right side of the frame.
Step 6: Create an Opening
I didn't center the opening so it makes a better shelter.
Now cut the opening carefully with the saw (or jigsaw) following the lines you previously drawn.
Step 7: Nail the Bottom
Measure the total bottom length and width of your frame from the step # 2 and report those dimensions on one sheet of plywood ; you now have one rectangular shape drawn on the plywood.
Finally, cut it with the help of the saw (or jigsaw) and nail it to the bottom of the frame.
By now the whole structure should be pretty rigid.
Step 8: Roof Assembly
Measure the total length and width of each roof sections from the step # 4 and report those dimensions on one sheet of plywood. I add some more extra inches / centimeters to those measurements so the roof sections extends beyond the whole doghouse footprint.
You now have two rectangular shape (left and right roof) drawn on the plywood.
Finally, cut it with the help of the saw (or jigsaw) and nail it carefully to the roof support studs and to the frame on the top left and top right side of the doghouse.
Step 9: Finishing Touches and Final Thoughts
Finally you have to either paint or stain the whole house to enhance the look and above all protect it from the weather. I chose to stain it since I had some left over stain and since I thought it will age better within the coming years even though I believe paint would have looked better...
I also had some handles for easy handling. I have yet to draw some letters in the name of MAX...
Despite the fact I have zero skills in carpentry, I was pretty happy with the result. I originally wanted a roof section with hinges so I can have access inside the house for easy cleaning but didn't really knew how to do it while retaining some rainproofing. That's it ! Of course, any comments are welcome.