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The "Bowser" Slant Roof Dog House

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" deck screws. The house consists of five panels made from plywood and four 1-1/2" square 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.

Description Qty Size Material
    Thick. Width Length  
Front 1 5/8" 23" 26-1/8" Exterior plywood
Back 1 5/8" 23" 20-7/8" Exterior plywood
Side 2 5/8" 32" 26-1/2" Exterior plywood
Roof 1 5/8" 27" 36" Exterior plywood
Floor 1 1/2" 19-1/2" 27-3/4" Exterior plywood
Floor Supports 2 1-1/2" 1-1/2" 18-3/4"" 2 x 4 stud
Front Corners 2 1-1/2" 1-1/2" 26-1/2" 2 x 4 stud
Rear Corners 2 1-1/2" 1-1/2" 20-7/8" 2 x 4 stud

* Sides are 20-1/2" on back end, 26-1/2" on front.


I used the following tools to build the dog house:

  • Table saw
  • Power miter saw
  • Band saw
  • Jig saw
  • Jointer
  • Router
  • Oscillating sander
  • 1/4 sheet sander
  • Drill

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 warp.

Next: Building the walls ->

  Bowser front
Figure 1. Presenting the Bowser Dog House.

Dog house components laid out flat
Figure 2. Disassembled house.


Sliding roof side view
Figure 3. Removable locking roof.


Slotted panels slide into position
Figure 4. Slide together walls for quick assembly.


Front, side and top view of Bowser dog house.Figure 5. Multi-view drawing.


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