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Project by LJ posted 06-20-2007 01:28 AM 19292 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most folks just plop their dog’s bowls onto the floor and let then go and get it. That’s not so bad for a dog that does not have for to go down to reach the food and water, such as Bassett Hounds, Dachshund or other low-to-the-ground dogs.

Now, if you have a large dog, such as Great Danes, Doberman Pinscher or any of the Retriever breeds, they have to bend way down to reach their bowls. As a dog gets older, this can even become painful, certainly so if the dog suffers arthritis in the neck. Elevating their bowls made a lot of sense to me when I was first presented with the idea. So into the shop I went and out I came with the first one shown here.

This is made of Redwood and holds one of my Golden’s food bowl and their community water bowl, the one on the left. It measures 30”W x 15”D x 15”H. The openings to hold the bowls are custon cut to accept the bowl and catch the entire lip of each bowl on the table top. The second photo shows the detail of a very thin strip of redwood that I cut, glued and carpet tacked into the side for a finished, yet rustic look.

The ‘table chair’ in the third picture is made from cedar. The table top is 12” square not including the pickets. It is 15”H and the chair back is 30”H.

Both table tops have one of my personal favorite details to craft, breadboard ends.

-- Peace, LJ http://beam.to/4goldens.org





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WayneC

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 01:41 AM

Looks great. I will have to think about making a couple.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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LJ

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 01:56 AM

Wayne,
We dogs gotta run in the same pack!

I know I did a lot of explaining before I started describing the pieces but I think it’s important to understand why a woodworker, especially, should put in the effort to build something. These are just the creations of my imagination. I hope to inspire all dog owner who visit the project to build something.

-- Peace, LJ http://beam.to/4goldens.org

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 02:40 AM

I guess this post is going to the dogs. I like the stands!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 03:46 AM

I hear that LJ.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 03:57 AM

Great idea, LJ. I’m sure your pooch appreciates not having to bend over so far!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mot

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#6 posted 06-20-2007 04:16 AM

Ha! That’s a good idea!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 06-20-2007 05:55 AM

Dog dining at its finest!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-20-2007 06:15 AM

i could use one of those…my neck gets pretty sore from bending down to eat…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-20-2007 02:54 PM

coooool. I suspect you could sell these to dog lovers. Are you wanting to sell this idea, either plans, or projects? If this is an original design, you might want to copywrite your project posting to protect the project commercially.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#10 posted 06-20-2007 02:55 PM

I just saw Napaman’s comment, and I agree with him!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#11 posted 06-20-2007 05:12 PM

I’ve been meaning to make one of these. My best friend is 14 this year and I’m sure she would appreciate it. She doesn’t move as nimbly as she used to. She used to do this for hours...and hours....and hours. (look at the bottom of page for photos and video) She still likes to play with her ball, but now it’s 5 minutes of play, 2 hours of napping in the sun on her lounge chair.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#12 posted 06-20-2007 05:28 PM

LJ,
That is awesome and your dogs should love you for it!! I have a golden that I built one for, not like yours but… it does the same job:) Heck yours is much too nice for my house, heck yours is a piece of furniture!! I hope to have some plans up by the end of the weekend on my little creation:)

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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LJ

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#13 posted 06-20-2007 08:38 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. Inspiriing anyone to aid their companions was my aspiriation in this posting. I have been going through all the woodworking projects I have done (more than I realized) and when I saw this one, I knew I had a cause on my hands.

Mark, the design is my own. I did much enjoy the detailing of making tapered legs and mortise and tenoning the reails into them. That table is one sturdy piece. How does one put copyright protection on such a creation?

BTW, My wife and I usually eat our meals at our kitchen bar. Being at bar height of 36” rather than at standard table height, even when using cushioned bar chairs, leaves one slightly closer to the food… that helps address the aging boomer problem of being too far away from the plate to “shovel it in” as my wife calls it.

-- Peace, LJ http://beam.to/4goldens.org

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#14 posted 06-20-2007 09:42 PM

Call a patent attorney, they would probably give you some free advice. Nice idea it would’nt work for my two, ones a labadoodle and the other just a lab. They’d just knock em down and fight for the scraps. They have no table manners, probably got it from me. Oh yea both my dogs weigh over 80lbs each. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-20-2007 09:54 PM

Unfortunatley LJ you can get elevated pet dish holders Petsmart:( (Not nearly as nice as yours but) So I am not sure that it would be worth your while to pursue that avenue. However, I am sure you would do well selling them to others!

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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