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Old 05-04-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Lookin for sum tip and ways to build my dogbox any help would be fine thinks for stopin by y'all

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Is this as in "dog house"?

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No it what u take dogs in when u go hunting
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Design is first. Is it going to be wood and wire? All wood? Tube and wire? Roof or no roof?

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Well it's Need to hold 2 dogs box shape with floor out of wood
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How big are the dogs?
What are the walls to be made of?
Is there to be a solid roof in case of rain?

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My dog are about 3 foot on all 4 and I was wantin to put sum kind of ten or metal on the ride And the same top
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Tin can get super hot in the sun, better to make the box out of wood. (However, if you only hunt in cooler weather tin would be fine).

I’d probably frame the box with 2x4's or welded steel tubing and mount it on skids that I bolted/tied to the truck bed (you for sure need to anchor that box to the truck bed - don’t rely on gravity to hold it down).

I’d use some wood boards for the floor (if your dogs are chewers avoid splintery woods like hemlock). I’d cover the top and sides with hardware cloth/mesh and some wood strapping. Lastly, I’d rig up a canvas roof that covered the top and sides (but I’d make it so the sides could be rolled up for more ventilation).

You should also think of building a double box so that each dog could have it’s own separate area - that way if you have to make any sudden moves with the truck you won’t get one dog hurled into the other.

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I was just looking around for pictures online and came across this site - something like this guy built (but bigger) might work for you:

http://www.milleroutdoors.com/articl...le-dog-box.htm


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you for sure need to anchor that box to the truck bed! - don’t rely on gravity to hold it down.
This is a must! Thanks Julia.

I'd consider screen for the floor too for more venting, (or boo-boos) but maybe not. Then you'd want a slide out tray for cleaning, etc.

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Here's a sharp idea. You can use the sides of the truck for two walls, and the tailgate for the door. Well ventilated, and easy to build and remove.

But then I'm a PVC nut. I build all sorts of things from the stuff.

Here's a picture of a kayak cart I made. The picture of the blue kayak shows how it works. (I didn't make that one.)
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PVC Carrier for two or three kayaks



Got a pickup truck rack that won’t properly handle two kayaks because it’s too narrow? Well, me too. Boy was I getting tired of my yaks thrown up there, one stacked half on top of the other. But I’ve finally come up with a truly workable solution.

Build yourself an easy-to-install and easy-to-remove PVC brace that will allow you to transport your yaks tilted up at 45 degrees. You can now put one kayak on each side without them interfering with each other at all. Take one boat off the rack, and leave the other one there if you choose. And, as an added bonus, you can slide a third kayak in flat on your rack. (under the two angled boats) All three yaks ride conveniently up there on your rack, leaving the entire bed of the truck open and available for whatever else you need to carry. You can easily open the top on your big toolbox, too.

This will work as shown in the pics if your rack has round tubing and vertical side rails (most standard work racks do). With some modifications, it can also be used on a rack with no side rails, or on top of a trailer, but it is then a bit more complicated. If your rack has no side rails, I would suggest that you just plan to add longer rack top pieces till both your kayaks fit. This idea is really for those of us who have limited width on our racks. I happen to have only 50 inches between the two horizontal lower rails.

The beauty of this add-on brace is its pure simplicity. Simple to build… simple to slip on and off the truck… and simple to use. Takes less than six seconds to put on or take off. It doesn’t even take any serious measuring ability. And, it will require less than an hour to make.

As designed, the brace only carries a small portion of the weight of the kayaks. Most of the real weight is handled by the rack, itself. I use just one brace on my truck, but you could build two if you felt you would be more comfortable with two contact points. They only cost about $15 apiece, even if you have to purchase everything new. Most of us have a lot of these PVC parts lying around the garage… or we can scrounge them somewhere.

On a side note: If you do choose to construct two braces (or three or four) they can be used as “gable rafters” on your rack so that you can bungee a big blue tarp across them for a roof when you need to sleep in your truck bed. Hide from a storm under there, too. Sheds rain great!

Even though this is mostly an “eyeball, mark and cut” project, I would highly suggest that you “dry fit” everything before using any cement. Use a marker pen to assure original alignment fit, then glue it all up in-place on the truck. Accurate and relative alignment to your truck rack is pretty important on this project. This accuracy is something that will be especially difficult to achieve if you try to do it on the workbench. Glue it up on the truck. Remember, your rack may or may not be exactly square, and you have to fit the brace to that rack. Again, fit and glue ON THE TRUCK.

Naturally the PVC “T” fittings that clamp onto the rack rails will need to be sized to fit your particular diameter rack tubing. (See the photo to the right.) Mine is 1-5/8” OD, so 1-1/4” PVC fittings worked perfectly. Cut the notch carefully on a table saw.
Do NOT cut it too wide. Better to cut it narrow, and check for a nice snug fit two or three times, (The “T” should “snap” onto the rail with firm pressure), rather than get in a hurry cutting it too wide. This firm, tight fit is very important to the rigidity of the brace. It should not be a loose fit.

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USE ALL SCHEDULE 40 or 80 PVC



(Never use Schedule 20 for any project)
  • 2 Pieces of 1-1/4” PVC Tubing, about 29” long
  • 2 Pieces of 1-1/4” PVC Tubing, about 3” long
( These measurements work on my 50” rack.Yours may be a bit different.)
  • 3 90 degree PVC Elbows (1-1/4”)
  • 2 PVC “T”s (1-1/4”)
  • PVC Cleaner/Solvent
  • PVC Cement
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  • Table Saw ( necessary for good, clean notches. This can be done with hacksaw, but it’s a lot of work, and not very accurate for these notches )
  • Hacksaw (to cut tubing to length if you don’t cut them on the table saw.)
  • Marker Pen
  • Some 100 grit sandpaper ( helps in loosely fitting the pieces )
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OK, I'll quit hijacking the thread. I just wanted you to consider all the things you can do with PVC... and it's entirely waterproof! Wood rots.
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I just wanted you to consider all the things you can do with PVC... and it's entirely waterproof! Wood rots.
But PVC's so . . . plastic





To the OP: if you go with PVC, Lee Valley has a nice selection of connectors for building PVC structures.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/p...2,2030&p=67332

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I just hunt in the winter but I do start runnin in late summer

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