Continued: How to Build a Dog House In 10 Steps: Part Two.
The roof and frame come next in your dog house project. Begin with the struts, ridge board and rafters and cut them from 2 x 4 boards. Once you have determined the pitch of your roof, cut the roof struts to correspond with the height.
Center front and rear roof struts on the top edge of the front and rear wall frames, then nail them from underneath the frame, toenail the struts. Depending on the overhang you desire on the front and rear of the doghouse, cut the top ridge board to the length of the doghouse keeping in mind to add the extra for overhang.
The ridge board needs to be positioned to the struts and nailed into place. Cut three rafters for each side, in the pre-measured length that fits your dogs size. The rafter ends should be mitered to an angle, by the roof pitch. Mark notches on the rafters where they’ll meet the top of the wall frames, you can use the corner of the doghouse as a template, now cut the notches with a jig saw like the Makita 4351FCT Barrel Grip Jig Saw with LED light.
Next hold each rafter even with the ridge board, this will aid you in determining the angle, then proceed in cutting the boards and nailing them into place. The bottom of each rafter needs to be secured to the wall where its notch should meet the wall frame. Cut two 2 x 4 boards for each side, these will fit horizontally between the rafters, next you nail them into place. Cut 1/2″ plywood fascia boards to measure the same as the overhang along the sides of Sparky’s doghouse, then attach the fascia boards to the bottom ends of these rafters with a nail gun.
Now you measure and cut the overhang rafters. Nail the overhang rafters to the ends of the ridge board and side fascia, the roof can now be covered with a 1/2″ plywood cut to the pre determined size, depending on your initial measurements from your dogs size. Use triangular plywood sheets cut to fit the spaces, these will fill the front and rear doghouse roof openings.
Mark a horizontal line with pencil 11 inches from the bottom of the doghouses roof edge, for example if the shingles are 12 inches long they should hang over by 1 inch on the bottoms. Then with your pencil make another mark vertically 35 inches from the front edge of the roof, for example if the shingle sheets are 36 inches, they should hang over 1 inch on the front. Then draw another vertical line 29 inches back from the front edge. These two vertical lines give the builder two starting points for the shingle sheets to create offset rows. The bottom shingle row should be two shingles thick.
Now turn the first layer upside down, the darker portion of the shingle sheet should hang over the edge. Next the second layer should be positioned with the right side up, and match all subsequent rows. Nail gun the shingles into place as you continue to add rows. If you desire you can use a utility knife and trim the shingles to match up even with the sides of the plywood roof. In order to cover the exposed ridge board, cut shingle sheets into single shingles.
Once this is accomplished you can place them sideways over the apex of the roof, they should overlap. Tapering the single shingles on the bottom end will remedy the black areas from peeking out from the top shingles.
The best part! You can now be a free spirit as you custom paint Sparky’s new home away from home, be sure to give him a bit of scrap carpet and a favorite blanket or toy to chill with as he dognaps his summer away in his new abode.
Now your finished! Sparky got a new house, your wife got Sparky out of your bed and you were able to justify to your wife why you just bought all those new tools you… Genius, Pure Genius!