Having spent a few months doing nother but maintenance , I now have time to spend back in the workshop, so the other day, I decided it was time to get a simple project out of the way, which would help a family member.
One of my dogs is a rescue dog, he was abused as a Pup and as a result his jaw is deformed, making it difficult for him to eat, he pushes his bowl all over the floor trying to get his food, so he needed a dog table, something to stop his bowl moving, and raise it high enough to be comfortable when eating.
My first problem was deciding how high the bowl should be, I gave up researching on the internet, everyone seems to have a different idea, I ended up going for 2/3 his leg height, or 8 1/2”.
I had some scrap laminated oak board left over from another project and decided to use that. However before cutting all the parts, I had to cut the circle out for the bowl, if that went wrong, I was wasting my time. A while ago, I made a simple circle cutting jig, but until now, had never used it.
It worked a treat, using my trim router and a straight bit.
So with the hole cut, I then cut out the side supports and cross rails
To improve the look visually, I decided to angle the supports and then round over all the parts, that the bowl and the dog would come in contact with, I also pocket holed the sides to attach them to the top.
That done I assembled the table and took it down to the house to see if it would work
I was pleased with it, but it needed a finish, I mixed up some varnish 50/50 with mineral spirit, and wiped on five or six coats
After it had had time to dry, and get rid of the smell, it was time to see if the User appreciated the work.
Yes, I think I can say that was a success! :)
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