Raised dog bowl dishes

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Project by Cory posted 02-24-2015 04:49 PM 2262 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a simple project but it used a really cool piece of wood so I thought I’d share. This raised dog bowl holder uses a beam that I salvaged from a building originally built in 1880. The growth rings on the pine beam are extremely tight. I cut it down to the size I needed so I’m thinking this part of the tree hasn’t seen daylight in about 250 years. I used a drill press and forstner bit to drill out the area for the bowls then a chisel to clean it up. I had to flatten the bottom and did that with a hand plane. Some high friction feet screwed to the bottom and I’m calling it done. No finish.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 02-24-2015 05:28 PM

Simple yet beautiful. You have to feel fortunate to find old growth like that.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 05:28 PM

Very cool, great use of the wood!

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 05:44 PM

Wow….you must really love that dog! Just kidding….great work…

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 10:53 PM

This is awesome!

The only piece of advice that I might offer would be to add some beeswax or paste wax to protect it. I built a raised platform for the dog bowls a couple years ago and didn’t finish it. If your dog is anywhere near as messy as my dogs are when eating/drinking then its only a matter of time before this thing is a mildewy mess. I’d hate to see that happen to such a beautiful piece of wood!

Regardless of what you do, I’m very jealous that you got the call to salvage that beam and I didn’t!

-- Adam from Indiana -

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 12:06 PM

Oh, if that log could talk. We’d here some good stories, I’m sure. I think raising a dogs food and water dishes is a good idea. It has to be easier on them to eat and drink.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 03:31 PM

Adam, great piece of advice. I’ll apply some clear paste wax to the exposed ends and part I drilled out. Go Hoosiers.

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