|Forum topic by JDCrae||posted 09-12-2015 11:57 AM||720 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
09-12-2015 11:57 AM
Good Morning All,
I am wanting to build an elevated dog feeder with storage underneath. I am not wanting to do anything crazy. Am thinking basic ideas here.
In my mind I am imagining 1.5×1.5 frames- dado’d to accept some luan to give it that raised panel look, but much more simply. Joinery would all be pocket hole and glue, based would be a ply that would fit inside the 1.5×1.5 frame.
Inside this box I am buliding would be a large plastic tote wiith airtight seal. This will house the food.
So the top is where I am hoping for some group brainstorming. I need the top to move out of the way in some fashion so you can get to the dog food to refill the bowl at meal times.
1. The top must move so that neither bowl must be removed.
2. Top must be one piece so that water splashes from the water bowl don’t go anywhere.
3. It can slide to the right or back toward the user, but cannot slide forward for left, as there are walls in those directions.
So my first idea was using drawer slides to make this happen. Would have them so the whole top slides to the right to access the food, and slide back when I am done. This is a possibility, but I have never installed drawer slides, and am apprehensive to how strong they are, alignment issues etc. Open to it, would just like more input if I am going to go that route.
Second idea was using Stumpy Nubs sliding method he used on his end table. T tracks running the width of the feeder top, rabbet the edges of the top so that it slides easily out of the way. I love this idea for its simplicity, but don’t see how I can do this and keep the top supported when in the open position.
A last issue. The bowls will be placed in the top via holes cut, so in that sense they are counter sunk. Is it better to do a flap down on the slide out of the feeder so the bowls don’t hit the side or front? I can’t really raise the top as my dog is only so tall. Don’t want him stretching to eat here.
Any and all suggestions and input appreciated! Trying to keep this as a budget and uncomplicated as possible project. Will be painted, so not worried about wood per se.