Monday, November 9, 2015
Dog Feeding Station
For several years I had this nifty dog feeding station, which held 2 bowls and dry dog food in a drawer underneath.
Over the years this thing had taken a beating. Last summer I fixed it up, adding supports...
...and a new paint job, but the flimsy material that made up this feeder (1/2" MDF) just wasn't doing well.
I eventually re-purposed the feeder to hold my safety equipment in my workshop.
As for my dog, I bought a new floor mat and placed his dishes on it.
His dry food is now in a small garbage can with a lid that I bought especially for it.
But I don't think my dog likes eating and drinking off the floor. I think he misses having his dishes higher up. So I rummaged through my workshop and found material to make a new feeding station. This build will be made out of 100% scrap material. I'm not spending any (extra) money on it. The top will be made from this 1/2" thick piece of plywood.
I spent a good amount of time drawing up accurate measurements for the circle cuts.
Once my marks were complete I drilled a hole inside the circle...
...and cut it out with my jigsaw.
I tested the holes with his dishes, and they fit snugly.
Before I went any further I decided to sand this piece of wood - most importantly the circular cuts.
Then I cut some spare plywood to make up the sides of the station.
I trimmed the wood to make a nice frame around the top piece of wood.
Since the top wood is thin I didn't want to drill pocket holes...
...so instead I simply glued and nailed it together.
Next I cut 4 legs made from spare 2x2 wood I had. I used a stop block on my chop station so that each leg will be the exact same height.
These legs will sit in each corner against the sides and the top.
I used glue, plus drilled holes and screwed the legs in place. These legs will also add extra support for the frame.
The stand was slightly wobbly when I placed it upright, but that was easily fixes by sanding the bottom of the 2 adjacent legs.
I used some more of my scrap 2x2's to make supports in the shorter sides.
I wanted similar supports on the longer sides, but didn't have enough 2x2's. So I took a long 2x4 and trimmed it to the correct width on my table saw.
Then I attached the longer supports.
Everything is holding together nicely, so I began sanding this thing.
When I cut the 2x4's they didn't quite match the rounded edges of the 2x2's I was using...
...so I removed them and ran them through the router table using a round-over bit.
Then I reattached them and they look much better now.
I then decided to run the top of the feeder on the router table as well...
...giving the top edge a nicer look.
I also routed the circle cuts.
This probably wasn't necessary since a dish will almost always be occupying the space. But it will look nice when there's no dish in there.
Next I added wood filler to the many spots that needed it.
When dry I sanded everything again.
For the routed edges I used a sanding sponge.
Next I cleaned it up and applied stain.
While the stain dried I created a stencil with my dog's name (Sagan).
When the stain dried I attached the stencil to the feeder using double stick tape.
Then I sprayed some silver spray paint on it.
When the silver dried I removed the stencil.
Next I got my silver ink pad and a rubber stamp of a dog's footprint.
I stamped the footprint in between each of the letters.
Then I gave a few light coats of clear coat all around.
When the clear coat dried I gave the whole feeder a sanding with a fine sanding block.
Then gave it a good cleaning to remove any dust.
Since this feeder is undoubtedly going to get wet, I decided to brush on a few layers of polyurethane.
I left the feeder sit in my workshop overnight to air out.
The next morning I brought it in and put my dog's dishes in it.
My dog was curious about this thing I put down on his mat...
...but soon realized his food and water was there.
And I'm done!
My dog is happy that his food and water are a few inches closer to his mouth.
This feeder is just a simple build made with leftover material and I'm glad it turned out well.
Thanks for reading!