Essential Tools Needed to Build a DIY Doghouse

Posted on January 30, 2017

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We know you love your pets and love to shower them with gifts even more. From playtime, snack time and cozy nap time, the opportunities are endless. So, what can be better than a custom-built doghouse? I mean just look at how proud Jen Woodhouse’s dog Watson is relaxing in his new doghouse! Here are free build plans for a DIY doghouse that we worked with Jen Woodhouse on just for you:

Dog in an outdoor doghouse

Jen Woodhouse’s dog Watson enjoying his “dogzebo.”

Before you get started on your DIY doghouse build make sure you have all of the tools you need nearby. Here is a helpful list:

Exterior Grade Wood

Since this is a sizeable doghouse, this is intended for outdoor use. Make sure you use an exterior-grade wood like redwood and cedar. You can also use untreated pinewood, but make sure to add an exterior-grade finish to the wood so that it can withstand the wear and tear of the elements. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Hardware

For this build, you will need Simpson Strong-Tie® RTA2Z Connectors, 2 ½-inch Simpson Strong-Tie Deck-Drive™ DSV Exterior Grade Wood Screws and 1 ¼-inch Simpson Strong-Tie Deck-Drive™ DSV Exterior Grade Wood Screws. All of this hardware is finished with an exterior grade finish, so you don’t have to worry about rusting.

Power Tools

A DIY doghouse of this size means that you need the right power tools. Since there are angled cuts, we recommend using a compound miter saw.

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Power Miter Saw.

You will also need a jig saw to make some notches for the center truss pieces.

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A jig saw.

DIY Essentials

No DIYer should be without a power drill, tape measure, speed square, pencil and eye protection. We recommend that you have these on hand for any of your builds. What are your top DIY must-haves? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win a t-shirt from us!