Dog Park Mini Shelter

As many of you already know I am maintenance at an apartment complex for my day job. Most of the time it’s the same old “they tear em down and I fix em up” stuff so when I get the opportunity to do a little woodworking I jump at it. The apartment complex I work for is one of the few pet friendly complexes in town. Not only are we pet friendly but we put in an off-leash dog park where pet owners can let their dogs socialize and get some of that built up energy out.

The only location we had available for the dog park didn’t have any shade. The summer sun can be pretty brutal here in Mississippi. So to solve that I made a small sun/rain shelter big enough to fit two of my benches under. It’s not too big but it sure does help. This project was made while I was on the clock so unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any progress pictures.

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The first step was to layout and install all of the posts. After that I ran three 2×4’s across the back for something to screw to. The original plan was to use roof tin on the back side as well but we changed our mind after the skeleton was built.

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An angled 2×4 was added to each side to establish the final height of the posts. Then the posts were cut to their final height. I have no clue what angle was used. I just made sure both sides matched.

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A 2×6 was used to span the front. I beveled the top of the 2×6 to match the angle of the roof. The interior supports were pocket hole screwed in.

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The original plan was to use roof tin to cover the back as well but we ended up going with lattice. In the end I’m glad we made the change. The lattice offers just enough of a wall that when sitting on the benches you feel like you have a little privacy. It’s obviously filled with holes so the westward wind still blows through it which is nice. And even though it is filled with holes it does a great job of cutting down on the heat from the sun.

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  1. Nice, tin roof for the back would also heat up of the sun… more wood and less metal always looks better :)

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