Dog Bowl - Feeding Station

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Project by tyler3340 posted 01-03-2013 12:48 PM 7464 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So not only is this my first woodworking project, but also my first posting on LJs! This is a feeding station for my sister and her husband’s black lab. They were using some old mixing bowls for his food/water bowls and were looking for something to neatly store some dog food and remove the eye sore from the kitchen. It sounded like a Christmas idea to me and a great starter project!

It all started with several 1×4s glued up into the side, front, and back panels. I used 3/8” ply for the top and routed out the holes for the bowls. The trim for the top was also routed (a router table would definitely be worth having!) and mounted with pins and glue. I wanted the face frame and drawer front to have similar grain pattern, so I actually cut the face frame and drawer front out of the front panel. The face frame was joined with dowels and all the panels were joined with pocket holes. A couple coats of stain and several coats of poly finished it off!

My biggest problems came from getting the mitered corners of the trim to match up and gluing that down to the top. This was my first drawer, and I made the drawer a little snug so it rubbed on the face frame a bit. I didn’t even think about not needing it to be a snug fit since I would have the drawer front covering it anyways… beginner’s mistake. Luckily, some wax and the weight of the dog food seemed to help it slide smoother.

I am a beginner looking to soak up all I can from you vets, so I look forward to hearing your feedback!

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 02:15 PM

You did a great job on it! I like it a lot. The grain matching on the drawer looks great. Pine is really hard to stain. If you work with it again and want to stain it, lay down some Charles Neil's Pre-Color Conditioner - Blotch Control. The color will be a lot more even.

Owning a great dane puppy, I am on my second feeding station. The next one will be the last. One mistake I made in the first design was framing in the top as you did. My dog is a very messy drinker and gets water/slobber everywhere. The frame makes it hard to clean up, and lets it pool on the top. After about a month the side by the water dish buckled up pretty good. Mine was also pine, but I painted it instead of stain/finish because I knew he would outgrow it soon. poly may hold up a little better.


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#2 posted 01-03-2013 05:03 PM

The storage below the bowls is a pretty fantastic idea. Building one of these is on my ever-growing to-do list, and I just might incorporate storage below the feeding tray like you’ve done.

What are the dimensions of the box? Thanks for your reply and welcome to LJs.

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 07:17 PM

Cool feeding station! Like the wood and the stain. Great project for a first timer. Keep it up!


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#4 posted 01-03-2013 09:33 PM

The dog will surely love it! Marvelous idea. That’s a fine attempt for a first timer!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 01:19 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. A lot of u are beginners also, having the time of our lives!

good job. cool design.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 01:31 AM

Nice project and welcome to Lumberjocks! As noted above, I’d make the top out of something along the lines of Formica or a (faux) stone counter top cut-off because of the water slopping/spilling issue. It gets every where!

It would take my dog Shasta (3.6 yr old Golden Retriever) less than three minutes to figure out how to open the food drawer and help himself to a snack while I’m at work. I’d put a lock on the drawer, but he’d find the key…..

Yep. Shasta’s got me well trained…...(sigh!)


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 12:05 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. It was a fun project that has me itching to get into the garage for the next one.

Chad – Box dimensions are 22” wide x 14” tall x 12” deep. The trim leaves about a 3/4” overhang on the top.

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