If you are owner of a dog but you do not want to buy a crate for it, then you are able to build your own wood dog crate as far as you have the tools and the skills to do so. The dog crate can be made from many materials and they include the metal chain link and wood planking. Before you buy the materials, you will have to decide on the measurement of the crate and the materials and you will need to offer an effective crate to the dog.
Measure your dog: if you want to do the planning of the dimensions, you will have to measure the crate. You will need to accommodate the size of the dog and to measure the height of the dog. You should measure starting from the head to the feet with its length starting from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
You will have to decide on dimensions of the crate: when you have measured the dog, you have then to decide on the size of your crate. The dog should have enough room where it can stand, turn around or sit. You have to give the dog enough room where you can move side to another size in order to avoid a crate which is too small.
There are dog owners who may be looking to get a small crate where the dog can only sleep. The smaller crate may be used in containing the dog if the guests come around or if the owner wants to go away for some hours. At the hand, the dog owner may need to have a large crate especially if he wants to keep it outside. It will keep the dog for a long period. Large crate may serve like a place where the dog will sleep. If you can, you should visit the store nearby to get the idea of where you can start with your wood dog crate. You can decide on the style that will work better in your place.
Get the wood planking or other materials that you will need to make the crate. You should use wood to make the crate when the dog will not spend too much time inside and if you want to have it inside the home. You should not leave the dog inside for over 8 hours because it is something unhealthy for the dog and it will not get access to the water and food or go the bathroom.
Buy wooden planking: if you are going to make a wooden crate, you should pick out the wood that you like. You can easily build the crate when you use wooden planking at the side, bottom and top. The door that allows for the ventilation will be attached at the front. The Pine is something common with the animal crate and it is cheap, readily available and sturdy. You need to have a tape measure, hinges, a hammer and nails. You should also buy a gridded metal cage door that can attach at the side of a crate.
Make the bottom and the top section of a crate: You can use a circular saw, a hand saw or a table saw in cutting the pieces of the wood to much the measurement which you will be working with. Because a top or a bottom of a crate is with same size, you will mark on both using same measurements. If you measure planking before making the cut, you should use the pencils on the lines that will have to be cut. It helps to guide the saw if you are cutting and it will ensure that you cut the pieces of the wood using the right size.
If the door is a metal door that you bought, it comes with the hinges on it. You can add it on the crate after attaching together the crate sides.