|Project by tyler3340||posted 01-03-2013 12:48 PM||3639 views||9 times favorited||7 comments|
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!