A Dog Crate for a Fundraiser

A little more than a year ago, I drew plans for The Design Confidential to build a dog crate. I was going to build this for our furry friend, Pokey. I had the pieces cut and the crate was partially assembled until building ADD took over and I moved on to something else.

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A few weeks ago, a friend sent a message to me needing items for a silent auction at our local dog park. I remembered the partially started crate, and dug out the pieces. this is part of my new mission to someday park the car (not the table saw) under the carport.

I spent a few days sanding and finishing the crate…

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I love the way it came out! I stained the top using Rust-Oleum in Walnut, then Sunbleached (which is now discontinued), then finished it off with the Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane in Matte and the wet-sanding technique.

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The cabinet itself has been painted with an aqua paint from the “mistake rack”. I’m not sure of the color name but it looks fabulous with the weathered grey top!

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The hardware is in a nickel finish (which I purchased from Rockler), as well as the panel in the door which is decorative punched aluminum.

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I am always so self-conscious of my work and was pleased to find out that there was a bidding war going on for the crate! I sure hope it makes a nice place to relax for someone else’s furry friend!