Overview

an overview with cut list for building a dog crate
Illustration: Jennifer Stimpson
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Cut List

Our crate measures 21½ inches high x 19¾ inches wide x 25 inches deep at the base. Make sure yours is large enough so your dog can stand up, turn around, and lie down in it comfortably.

½-inch plywood side panels – 2 @ 24 x 21 inches
½-inch plywood back panel – 1 @ 18¼ x 21 inches
½-inch plywood top – 1 @ 22¼ x 27½ inches

5.2mm Lauan plywood floor – 1 @ 18¼ x 23½ inches

1x4 door-frame bottom rail – 1 @ 11½ inches

1x3 door-frame top rail – 1 @ 11½ inches
1x3 door-frame stiles – 2 @ 17 5/8 inches

1x2 face-frame top and bottom rails – 2 @ 16¾ inches
1x2 face-frame stiles – 2 @ 21 inches

¼ x 2 center stiles for side panel windows – 2 @ 11¼ inches
¼ x 2 rails for side panel windows – 8 @ 9¾ inches
¼ x 2 rails for back panel window – 3 @ 14¾ inches
¼ x 2 bottom rails – 2 @ 21 inches
¼ x 2 corner stiles – 4 @ 21 inches
¼ x 3 back corner stiles – 2 @ 21 inches

¾-inch square dowels – Get four 3-foot lengths
¾-inch square dowels for vertical face frame cleats – 2 @ 19¼ inches
¾-inch square dowels for horizontal face frame cleat – 1 @ 16¾ inches
¾-inch square dowels for side panel floor supports – 4 @ 11 3/8 inches
¾-inch square dowels for back panel floor supports – 1 @ 16¾ inches
¾-inch square dowels for center floor support – 1 @ 18¼ inches

3/8-inch square dowels – Get five 3-foot lengths
3/8-inch square dowels for trimming interior of grate (horizontal) on side panels – 4 @ cut to size
3/8-inch square dowels for trimming interior of grate (vertical) on side and back panels – 6 @ cut to size
3/8-inch square dowels for trimming interior of grate (horizontal) on back panel – 2 @ cut to size

1 5/8-inch crown molding – 4 @ miter to size
½-inch oak glass bead molding – 4 @ cut to size
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Pneumatic brad nailer
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Speed Square
    • speed square
      Screwdriver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Jigsaw fitted with a plywood blade
    • jigsaw
      Miter saw
    • miter saw
      Drill/driver and various bits: 5/16-inch, 3/32-inch, and #6 countersink
    • drill
      24-inch bar clamps
    • bar clamps
      Tin snips or heavy-duty wire-cutters

    Shopping List

    1. 14-by-14-inch inch reproduction floor heating grate

    2. Decorative cabinet grille Get enough to cover the window cutouts on the side and back panels.

    3. Dog tray for a plastic or metal crate, sized to your dog's weight.

    4. 4-by-4-foot piece of ½-inch oak veneer plywoodfor the crate's sides, back, and top.

    5. 8 feet of 1x2 oak

    6. 6 feet of 1x3 oak

    7. 2 feet of 1x4 oak

    8. 5.2-mm Lauan plywood for the crate's floor.

    9. ¾-inch square dowels to make floor supports and cleats on the back of the face frame.

    10. 3/8-inch square dowels to hold the decorative grille in place.11. 1 5/8-inch oak crown molding and ½-inch oak glass bead molding to trim the top.

    12. Pivot hinges

    13. Latch

    14. 3-inch finish-head screws for the door and face frame.

    15. 1-inch drywall screws to assemble the box and install the decorative grille.

    16. 5/8-inch brad nails to secure all trim pieces.

    17. 1 3/8-inch brad nails to secure cleats, blocking, and crown molding.

    18. Stainable wood filler

    19. Shellac and lint-free rag