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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #96: Progress: Raised Dog Bowl Holders

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 12-12-2018 11:17 PM 454 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I promised my youngest daughter for Christmas raised dog bowl holders for her two dogs. These are based on plans from Build Something. I posted in an earlier blog entry the prototype I built using vinyl-laminated chipboard and pine studs for the legs. You can see it in the picture, in front of the unfinished units. You may notice the two new units are longer and wider (an inch both ways) than the prototype, which was designed for a smaller bowl than I am going to use.

Originally, I was going to use reclaimed oak throughout, but instead went with 3/4” oak veneer plywood for the front, sides, and top. One half sheet makes two dog bowl holders and leaves a little bit of usable waste. White and red oak is used for the trim and legs.

Two 7-5/8” holes need to be cut out of each top piece for the bowls. I also need to rip thin oak strips to add as a boarder to the plywood top. Pocket hole joinery makes this a quick build, but would cause wood movement issues if I had gone with solid wood, hense the switch to plywood.

My daughter wants them finished in a dark stain. I will probably go with Kona or Espresso, then poly for the topcoat. The joinery simplifies finishing, by sanding and finishing the bases and tops separately, before assembling. A good thing, because Christmas is fast approaching, and we all know finishes take forever to dry when we are in a hurry.

I’m sure she’ll be happy with them. Laszlo and Louis…well, they are always happy when I am around, so it doesn’t matter what they think.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA



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#1 posted 12-13-2018 10:36 PM

Nicely done Paul. The pups will enjoy them for sure.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 02:22 AM



Nicely done Paul. The pups will enjoy them for sure.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. I’m looking forward to seeing how these hold up under use. Laszlo and Louis are a handful and a half.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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