Dog Bone Dish Holder For Buddy

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Project by Ken90712 posted 1326 days ago 2684 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine had an idea to make a dish holder for his two Labs. He wanted it shaped like a bone. I told him, No Worries it would be easy and too draw something up. Too my surprise, he showed up with a cardboard template of the bone and legs with a Paw print in it to scale. So we got to work. Cut out the holes with jigsaw then used my Osculating sander. We used the band saw to cut out the bone. We used a 1/2 round over bit on all the edges including the cross member.

He wanted it made out of Maple, I suggested we put a strip of Black Walnut in it to break it up he liked the idea.

It is 90% done, but I had to take pics as he will finish sanding the Pocket Hole plugs and applying the rest of the Tung oil at home. I LOVED this so much I have to make one for my lab. Only a 2 Dish hole one though. We put in the Black Walnut cross member just for looks as it is solid as a rock.

What a great time, a cool little project!
Thx for looking.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 1326 days ago

Lookin Great!!!! Buddy is one lucky pooch!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#2 posted 1326 days ago

Did you get the bowls, etc. for the holes FIRST?! :) :)

Looks good!

Good idea!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 1326 days ago

That is just great! I like the way you put the strip of walnut in.
I have a friend who wants me to make them one, Just a 2 bowl style.
I can’t wait to see your 2 bowl version. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 1326 days ago

LOL I like it Ken just the right thing for a big dog to eat from :-)

take care

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#5 posted 1326 days ago

Looking forward to your2-bowl version after seeing this one.

I think you were wise to put in the cross member for long term stability and I like the walnut addition as well to add a bit of contrast.

The paw print cutouts are also a welcome detail.

Nice job, Ken, to both you and your friend.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 1326 days ago

Yeah, but how good are his table manners? Neat project. Rand

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#7 posted 1326 days ago


His are pretty good Labs. My Lab say’s her prayers before she eats and has recently passed and become Certified as a Therapy Dog for Childrens Hospitals and schools & Sr Citizens in homes. So were proud of Kiana and not bragging ( well just a little,, LOL ) is Very Well trained.

Yes we did have the bowls before to ensure a proper fit. His wife didn’t trust him with them to long said he would break them. Which one night while leaving he tripped and we were thankful he didn’t have them or they would have broke.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 1326 days ago

Fine dish holder for a fine dog.

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#9 posted 1326 days ago

Great project. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

Now, Quigley wants one!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 1326 days ago

Great project Ken and great job! Straight to the favorites for my 2 labs. The walnut strip and the paw make this project! As all the others, I’ll be patiently waiting to see the 2 bowl design.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#11 posted 1326 days ago

I really like the paw cut outs. Great job!

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#12 posted 1325 days ago

Nice custom look. Very creative and classy looking.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 1325 days ago

That is one exclusive looking food stand for the dogs.
And yes it bring a big smile.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 1324 days ago

That’s awesome! Might have to borrow that idea!

How did you join the wood? Are those angled dowels joining the wood, or did you use screws and then plug with the dowel? Looks great either way.


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#15 posted 1324 days ago

They’re pocket holed together. If you look closely you can see we just finished gluing the plugs in and they need to be sanded flush and the ones in the walnut will be stained to match The store was out of the walnut ones, so we used maple.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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