Okay, it’s not really a dog house but was made to hold my dogs in some sort of comfort on a long road trip without the wagon. I have had the back of the truck open for a couple years now which is very handy for hauling things, but bad for storing or protecting things. This also limits the ability to sleep in back comfortably on long road trips.
The entirety of the structure, other than four 2 x 4s for the frames and one 1 x 12 used on the door, was built from upcycled, recycled, or leftover lumber from the wood shed. I was lucky to have a good, waterproof canvas tarp that I could sacrifice for the roof-covering which saved about $60. The roof canvas is underlain with 30# roof felt. I had some leftover bits of Lexan from previous projects to make a front and rear window and a passenger-side blind-spot window.
As seen above, it’s not a real beauty but is more-or-less streamlined with the shape of the cab. The hardware on the door is not recycled and is the most expensive part of the whole project. It is standard Stanley gate hardware from the Big Box store.
The inside view shows the roof made from leftover tongue and groove yellow pine. The lower three strakes of the sidewalls are oak. This provides a lot of strength and stiffness. The roof is strong enough to support a person’s weight but will need to be reenforced to hold heavy loads. All the planks are caulked with black flashing caulk that stays flexible, works as a glue, and is removable should the whole thing be taken apart. I added an LED light from Harbor Freight that I intended for another project. Very handy when fishing around for groceries or tools.
The next step will be to add a vent or skylight to let moisture out and attach a roof rack for lumber, ladders, etc. Updates to follow.