Nokashima style dog bowl table?

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Project by HighRockWoodworking posted 09-17-2012 05:47 PM 4259 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine at work has a chocolate lab, Jack, he comes to our office everyday and has become a sort of mascot for our company. Last Feburary Jack was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis which caused tremors, difficult breathing, excessive salivation, fatigue, and frequent gagging and choking. For the first 5 months he had to be sit in a Bailey Chair for vertical feeding to prevent pnemonia and Megaesophagus. Luckily, Jack’s disorder has gone into remission and is getting back to himself again after much treatment. He no longer has to feed in the Bailey Chair but still has to eat and drink without bending down.

For the past month or two he has been eating with his dog bowl on buckets to keep them elevated. I was asked to building him a table to hold the dog bowls with the only guidence being a Wenge board picked up at Peach State Lumber. The simple thing to do would be just to add a few legs and call it quits but I can never seem to make things simple…

I have been playing around with design on a hall table that is influenced by George Nakashima’s work. The dog bowl table seemed to be the prefect project to use as a model so after playing around with a few ideas in my head, I came up with the design I wanted. The main element that I wanted in the table was for the legs to extend over the lower and upper supports and to used some left over Maple from my bench build. To accomplish this I used a bridle joint instead of a typical mortice and tenon joint I would normally choose on a trestle style table. One of the things I enjoyed most about this project was that I did no drawings or sketches, just two dog bowls and the Wenge board. So the design was off-the-cuff and based on the joinery and reletive deminsioning.

Once the base was complete, I was concerned that the top would not be strong enough with the large holes cut out for the bowls and because of the stockier base construction the top would look to thin. I decided to add a frame around the top for support and to give it the added thickness. The banding was constructed basicaly in a raised panel type construction with a dado cut in the middle of the frame rails, the corners mitered and splines installed. I glued the front edge of the top to the frame to keep it from moving but allowed the rest to float for expansion.

I brought the table to work today, owner and Jack loved the table.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 05:57 PM


A nice piece with beautiful inlays

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 06:48 PM

I love your idea, our flat coated retriever has problems with the backbone and could use something like that.
I usually placed the bowl on a crate but that looks much nicer. I am going to favorite an copy it.

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 07:04 PM

Thanks guys.

Anobium, if you do copy the table be sure to send me a picture. I would like to see it.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 07:39 PM

I wish my dinner table was that nice!

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 07:47 PM

Knowing you as I do, I would not have expected anything less. Good job. Sorry that i have not been able to make any meetings lately. Give everyone my regards.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 09:04 PM

Very cool idea.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 01:38 AM

Very nice. Making one of those for my dog was going to be my next project, and I’ll likely incorporate some of the elements you made into mine . . . or just copy it as best I can. Thank you for sharing.

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 01:52 AM

That is really a nice solution. I think all big dogs should have one so they don’t have to bend way down and eat off the floor.

Way to go, Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 01:00 PM

Very nice idea. Added to favs!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 01:01 PM

I need to make one of these for my great dane when he gets a bit older.I was going to make and arts and crafts style dish holder but I like this a lot more. I’m also not 100% committed to this and may do the bucket thing until he gets older and doesn’t want to chew on everything.


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#11 posted 03-12-2013 05:59 PM

Very nice, great idea. My pup could use one of these.

-- Kirby

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