|A quick assembly slanted roof dog house made
from a single sheet of plywood.
The Bowser is a fairly basic
dog house with a couple interesting features: 1) it is made from a
single sheet of plywood so it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, 2) it
is designed to be quickly assembled and disassembled courtesy of
slotted walls that slide together along with a sliding roof, and 3)
it has corner posts that add rigidity and a level of "stateliness"
that you won't find on your run-of-the-mill plywood doghouses.
Without question there are much simpler slant roof dog house
designs out there. Ones that only require some basic cuts and 2x4
corner blocks for screwing the panels together. The Bowser is a bit
more complicated than most because of the quick assembly features
and because I was going for a different look. I also have to admit
that I was looking to challenge my woodworking skills so a bare
bones dog house wasn't in the cards. If any of this resonates with
you, let's get started building the Bowser.
The Bowser is built for a medium sized dog. It measures 23" wide
by 32" deep on the outside and 18-3/4" by 28-1/4" on the inside
(about 3.6 square feet). The height is 27-1/2" in front, tapering
down to 21" in back. The doorway is 9" wide and 13" high. It
weighs about 70 pounds.
The materials for the house are simplicity itself: a single sheet
of 5/8" exterior plywood, a single 2x4, and rust-resistant 1-1/2"
The house consists of five panels made from plywood and four 1-1/2"
corner boards made by ripping the 2x4 in half. I used some left-over
deck stain to finish the project. The Bowser cost about $40 total.
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* Sides are 20-1/2" on back end, 26-1/2" on
I used the following tools to build the dog house:
- Table saw
- Power miter saw
- Band saw
- Jig saw
- Oscillating sander
- 1/4 sheet sander
Unless you pursue woodworking as a serious hobby like I do,
it's unlikely that you'll own all of these tools. But don't be
discouraged - the house can be built with a smaller collection of
tools but with a little more effort. For example, a hand-held
circular saw can handle the duties of the table saw and power miter
saw, a jig saw can cover for a band saw, and a sheet sander can
handle the tasks assigned to the router and oscillating sander. The
jointer isn't really necessary as long as you use a 2x4 with minimal
Next: Building the walls ->
Presenting the Bowser Dog House.
Figure 2. Disassembled house.
Figure 3. Removable locking roof.
Figure 4. Slide together walls for quick assembly.
5. Multi-view drawing.