Dog Bowl Stand

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Project by DustinBrown posted 02-22-2015 07:02 PM 1189 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read somewhere that it isn’t good to make your dog eat off the floor, so I thought I’d make a little stand. Of course, I couldn’t just make something easy. I figured this would be a good project to try making some hand cut dovetails (a first for me). I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and my dog seems to like it too!

I definitely need to get some more practice with dovetailing. I have some pretty large gaps between some of mine.

I don’t have a ton of tools, so I did this project exclusively with hand tools. I have a couple hand planes, and a nice dovetail saw (I have a table saw, but I didn’t end up using it). Overall, it was a lot of fun to build!

It’s finished with Waterlox.

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 07:21 PM

Hi Dustin. Nice job, I like the finish. How do you stop the bowls moving around? My son has a big dog and a similar stand but the bowls are set in the top, flush with it. Not so good when Wrigley flicks the food into the water. Also not so good when water drips from his beard and leaks down inside the holes.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 09:21 PM

My dog bowls are actually rubber on the bottom, so they don’t move around. My concern with recessing them into the top, was how difficult removal could be. My concern now is if water sat under the bowls for too long, but it doesn’t look like it has caused any issues yet. I’ll probably end up refinishing it in a couple years.

Thanks for the comment!

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