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pr_capone
06-20-2006, 11:35 PM
I posted a while back that I got a new puppy. Well, we started shopping for dog houses and were absolutly shocked at how much those damn things cost.

For an "igloo" model (basically a piece of shit plastic mold in the shape of an igloo) for a full size dog was $125+.

So, because I am not willing to pay that much for a piece of plastic, I decided to look on the net for plans. I found one that I was particularly drawn to and decided to go with it.

Total cost for this doghouse (not including most of a sunday) was 40.00. I am no master craftsman but I think it came out pretty damn good. I still have to do some painting on the roof (which is removable BTW)... I am thinking of writing her name across the roof or something.

The fruits of my labor:
http://www2.filehost.to/files/2006-06-21_02/081832_dogh1.jpg

http://www2.filehost.to/files/2006-06-21_02/082015_dogh2.jpg

http://www2.filehost.to/files/2006-06-21_02/082050_dogh3.jpg

http://www2.filehost.to/files/2006-06-21_02/082127_dogh4.jpg

http://www2.filehost.to/files/2006-06-21_02/082200_dogh5.jpg

Thoughts, comments, or suggestions?

Moooo
06-20-2006, 11:37 PM
It's people like you, who make me feel useless... Good work!

And I think no matter what anyone on here says about anything, your true sign of good work comes from the canine seal of approval shown in the pics. If the dog likes it (which she does), and it looks nice (which it does), it's all good.

Moooo

StcChief
06-20-2006, 11:42 PM
Nice job. Outside use? Will need shingles.

pr_capone
06-20-2006, 11:44 PM
Nice job. Outside use? Will need shingles.

I made use of outdoor barn paint which is oil based. I have 4 coats of the stuff on the house. Since oil based paint is water resistant, shouldnt that be enough?

pr_capone
06-20-2006, 11:45 PM
It's people like you, who make me feel useless... Good work!

And I think no matter what anyone on here says about anything, your true sign of good work comes from the canine seal of approval shown in the pics. If the dog likes it (which she does), and it looks nice (which it does), it's all good.

Moooo

Thank you for your kind words Moooo!

stevieray
06-20-2006, 11:47 PM
Man that dog looks real, you should do more carving.

pr_capone
06-20-2006, 11:49 PM
Man that dog looks real, you should do more carving.

ROFL

Rausch
06-20-2006, 11:49 PM
I'd recomend moving it away from the fireplace...

pr_capone
06-20-2006, 11:51 PM
I'd recomend moving it away from the fireplace...
lol

Thats not its permanent location... that is just for tonight.

Plus... who the hell would be using a fireplace in the middle of summer?!?! lol

Halfcan
06-20-2006, 11:55 PM
Should have put in a little stereo and a bar for him.

pr_capone
06-21-2006, 12:05 AM
Should have put in a little stereo and a bar for him.

I did! Its in the basement. :D

Monkeylook4food
06-21-2006, 02:19 AM
Congrats. Keep at it. Maybe one day you'll do something like this:
http://i5.tinypic.com/14xfbjc.jpg

That's a trophy and the pedestal was made by yours truly and then painted to look like bronze by Stevieray.

Monkeylook4food
06-21-2006, 02:20 AM
Here's another wooden pedestal painted by Stevie.

Guess who the trophies belong to:
http://i6.tinypic.com/14xfgif.jpg

ZootedGranny
06-21-2006, 03:09 AM
http://www.texassports.com/image_lib/fb_johnson_071405_300.jpg

OldTownChief
06-21-2006, 05:37 AM
Here's another wooden pedestal painted by Stevie.

Guess who the trophies belong to:
http://i6.tinypic.com/14xfgif.jpg

Cool how you installed a light switch and electrical outlet on the ceiling and glued the trophy to the wall.

greg63
06-21-2006, 05:58 AM
Nice job. Outside use? Will need shingles.

Ditto. Good work!

greg63
06-21-2006, 06:00 AM
I made use of outdoor barn paint which is oil based. I have 4 coats of the stuff on the house. Since oil based paint is water resistant, shouldnt that be enough?


One word: "Hail" :D

ChiefsFan4Life
06-21-2006, 06:09 AM
Is that dog full grown? If not, be ready to build another one soon :P

greg63
06-21-2006, 06:18 AM
Is that dog full grown? If not, be ready to build another one soon :P
Here's the proper size standard for your sig pic; also the height standard includes the text underneath your pic so it will need to be to the side of it in order to be in compliance; just tryin to help. :D

JBucc
06-21-2006, 06:31 AM
You made a dog! Awesome!

ChiefsFan4Life
06-21-2006, 06:32 AM
Here's the proper size standard for your sig pic; also the height standard includes the text underneath your pic so it will need to be to the side of it in order to be in compliance; just tryin to help. :D

Crap, I've been in work mode for so long that I forgot I had a sig at all.
Thanks.

jspchief
06-21-2006, 07:08 AM
Hate to criticize, but the opening is too big. If you really expect the dog to use it, they need a smaller opening so they can crawl into it and ball up like a den. And unless you plan on reapplying paint to the roof often, it needs some type of roofing material.

Other than that, it looks nice.

Fried Meat Ball!
06-21-2006, 07:17 AM
Just a suggestion: if it's going to be outside, you might consider putting some type of thick mylar flap over the opening. Attach some magnetic strips to the sides and bottom of the flaps (and to the opening) to seal it to keep other animals out (rodents, etc.) and keep the warm air in for winter time. Or, you could just try to find a pre-fab doggie door (like the kind you'd put in your home) that would fit the opening and it's all taken care of...

Nice work.

MOhillbilly
06-21-2006, 07:18 AM
Hate to criticize, but the opening is too big. If you really expect the dog to use it, they need a smaller opening so they can crawl into it and ball up like a den. And unless you plan on reapplying paint to the roof often, it needs some type of roofing material.

Other than that, it looks nice.


yep. dogs are den animals.that and if the weather turns to shit hes introuble.

ExtremeChief
06-21-2006, 08:29 AM
Here's another wooden pedestal painted by Stevie.

Guess who the trophies belong to:
http://i6.tinypic.com/14xfgif.jpg


Scanlon????


Actually, I'm pretty sure I saw that trophy and display location on KMBC last night.... gonna be on Cribs soon.

Fish
06-21-2006, 08:40 AM
I'm gonna agree with the others and say you need a flap on the door. In my experience building doghouses, the first time the weather gets bad, that dog is gonna be under the porch or anywhere but in that doghouse.

It might not be what you're going for, but I always put a gunny sack over the door with a small slit in the middle at the bottom(enough for them to get their nose under). Works well in snow or rain, and lasts quite a while. Like I said you might want something that looks a little more pleasing...

SquirrellyBastard
06-21-2006, 09:05 AM
Something else to consider.....a little bit of standard house insulation in the roof goes a long way for a dog in wintertime.
Of course, it will need to be covered so the dog doesn't decide it eat it!
We did that for my lab and she loved it! I could have slept in that thing on sub-zero days.

FAX
06-21-2006, 09:14 AM
I think it's a good design and great execution, Mr. pr_capone. Well done.

I have a similar doghouse but with a section of tarp over the door. The tarp has a split that allows the dog to get inside, feel comfortable, and he can also look out when he wants to.

My dog loves it. It's his home and he feels safe there even in bad weather.

FAX

Monkeylook4food
06-21-2006, 09:21 AM
Scanlon????


Actually, I'm pretty sure I saw that trophy and display location on KMBC last night.... gonna be on Cribs soon.
That's right. Stevieray did a LOT of work on that place. I did a little.

Monkeylook4food
06-21-2006, 09:22 AM
Cool how you installed a light switch and electrical outlet on the ceiling and glued the trophy to the wall.
I'm lazy. Sorry.

pr_capone
06-21-2006, 09:48 AM
I will look into getting some sort of flap for the front. Many thanks for the advice guys!

Monkeylook4food
06-21-2006, 11:40 AM
You look me up and I'll roof the thing for free.

greg63
06-21-2006, 11:41 AM
Crap, I've been in work mode for so long that I forgot I had a sig at all.
Thanks.

No problem bud.