My wife and I have noticed that our 6 year old black lab/chow mix, Ninja,
lately has only been drinking water from the bowl in his crate(raised) and never from the water bowl on the kitchen floor. We keep his crate open at all times, he just likes to go in there at night when we’re watching TV since its covered and den like.
Anyways, for a while we thought it was the bowl itself, but when we moved the one from the floor to the crate attached one that is attached half way up the crate and he’d drink it. We moved the one from the crate to the floor and he wouldn’t touch it. So we figured it must be uncomfortable for him to lower his head so much. That’s where this idea came from this past week. A raised dog tray for his water and food bowl. So I sketched up this one a few nights ago on a post it and got started on it today with leftover cherry boards I still have remaining from the nightstand last year (I purchased too much). Here are my plans, forgive the crudeness.
I wanted to use traditional joinery, and I’ve been wanting to do a Greene and Greene style for a while. I really like that style. I know these pics don’t do it justice, but its going to have some of the staples of Greene and Greene. These include cloud lifts on the aprons and raised plugs to cover the pinned mortise and tenon joinery. Also, raised end cap covers for the breadboard ends. The only difference is I’m not going to use ebony for the plugs. I’m going to use Cherry for the entire piece, and Hard Maple for the plugs. I’m also still deciding how I want to make the legs. I may shave a curve into one edge, or do the chiseled indent that greene and greene is known for. If I do the latter though, it will be rounded per my wife’s request.
So today I went in to the garage to decide on all the measurements and start work. Small plywood scraps can be very useful when you don’t have paper nearby ;)
The top thickness will be 1”, the aprons will all have a haunched tenons and will all be pinned. The legs will be 2” wide by 1 3/4” thick. Today, all I was able to do though was flatten, rip to 2” wide and glue together cherry to make the 1 3/4” thickness required. The legs are a bit long right now but will be cut to final size of 14” tomorrow.
I’m still unsure if the proportions will look okay since my drawing isn’t to scale. The measurements are correct for the dog bowl spacing, but with a 17” wide by 9” top (not including breadboards), will 2” wide breadboards on each end look too wide?
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN