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Have a rambunctious pup, but you don't have a fenced-in yard? Then a doghouse with an all-in-one outdoor run may be a good option for your furry loved one.

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The front of this dog run offers a pergola design that is both attractive and functional, providing some element of shade. The wire fencing is sturdy, yet it creates a more desirable appearance than ordinary chainlink fencing.

This project uses treated lumber, which helps keep the cost down. Using a naturally resistant lumber, such as cedar or redwood, will offer a different appearance, but doing so will cost significantly more.

Much of the assembly is completed using pocket-hole joinery. If you are unfamiliar with this method of joinery, check out these guidelines.

Be sure to select a flat area of your yard that does not have drainage issues and, if possible, an area that will be shaded during some part of the day.

Finished dimensions:
67" wide x 142-3/4" deep x 86" tall

Cut List

Parts List:
back/side stiles (14) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 67
side top rails (6) – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 42 3/4
side bottom rails (6) – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 42 3/4
side center rails (6) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 35 3/4
back rails (2) – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 60
back center rail (1) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 53
front bottom rails (2) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 15
front narrow stiles (2) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 71
front wide stiles (2) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 71
front top rail (1) – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 60
front top trim (1) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 60
front bottom trim (2) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 15
front vertical trim (4) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 77
front door stop (1) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 60
door center rail (1) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 21
door stiles (2) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 65 1/2
door rails (2) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 28
door horizontal trim (2) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 28
door vertical trim (2) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 69 1/2
side posts (6) – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 80
side vertical trim (8) – 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 78
side horizontal trim (4) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 39 3/4
front posts (2) – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 83
wide back siding panel (1) – 11/32 x 48 x 77
narrow back siding panel (1) – 11/32 x 11 x 77
filler strip (1) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 60
roof rafters (3) – 1 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 67 1/2
side siding panels (2) – 11/32 x 42 x 77
house frame rails (2) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 63 5/16
house frame stiles (3) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 71
house door rail (1) – 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 24
front siding panels (2) – 11/32 x 30 x 77
front siding trim (1) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 60
house door side trim (2) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 31 1/2
house door top trim (1) – 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 28
roof sheathing (2) – 15/32 x 38 x 51 3/4
pergola rafters (4) – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 80

Measure, Mark, Cut and Drill Pocket Holes

Use the cut lists as a guide for the parts in this section of the instructions (Images 1 and 2).

Cut the Back/Side Stiles to length and drill pocket holes on the ends and sides as shown (Images 3 and 4).

Use the layout below as a guide for measuring, marking, cutting and drilling pocket holes in the side-top rails and side bottom rails. Be sure to set the pocket-hole jig and drill bit for 1-1/2-inch stock (Image 5).

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