|Project by KnotCurser||posted 01-03-2010 07:40 PM||1262 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
The problem was this – we had three cats and a dog. OK, that wasn’t the real problem. The REAL problem was that while the cats wouldn’t eat the dog’s food, the dog would devour the cat’s kibble. The solution was to build an elevated feeding area for the fuzzbutts. This would also make it easier to feed the cats.
The solution is what you see here – it was taken from a picture of a Hacienda Table that is sitting in the Mexican Presidential Mansion (No Kidding!) but was shrunken to around 4 feet long by two feet wide. The original one was over 8 feet long! It also had a glass shelf on the bottom running the entire length which I quickly decided would not be good with three cats and a dog running all over the place.
This not only solved our problem but gave us quite a bit more storage area – the two drawers each measure roughly 2 feet square and really deep. And the cats seem to have no problems making the easy jump up to dine – the dog was a little peeved, but he got over it.
It’s made out of long leaf pine and all hand mortise and tenon jointed. I was able to get 6/4 lumber for the top so I didn’t have to laminate anything. I was worried that such a large surface would warp but it hasn’t cracked in three years so I guess I’m lucky! The two drawers are also hand dovetailed. One of my first tries at dovetailing.
I consider this my first challenging piece (at the time) and really enjoyed building it. It’s kind of what got me hooked on woodworking. I’ve made MANY pieces since then, but this one remains special. Kind of like that first car…........
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