суббота, 24 декабря 2016 г.

DIY Pet Bowl Stand

DIY Pet Bowl Stand
DIY Pet Bowl Stand
TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

diy elevated pet bowl stand cg
diy elevated pet bowl stand cg

Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too! Of course you can modify the height to accommodate medium to large dogs. Supplies: Two ¾” x 8” x 2’ wood boards; 1” flat head screws; jig saw, Kreg jig or “L” brackets, wood stain + polyurethane, or primer + paint, pet food bowls. All supplies found at Lowes, pet bowls from Petco.


First, you need to design the template for the feet. Since the top board adds height, subtract its height from the total height of your stand’s feet. I wanted ours to be 5” high for a full grown cat so I designed the feet to be 4 ¼” high since the ¾” board would sit on top.


measure leg height
measure leg height

Next, create a template for the legs by folding a piece of paper the width of your board in half and sketching out the curvature of the base.


draw curvature
draw curvature

Fold in half again and cut your template with scissors…


fold paper in half and cut
fold paper in half and cut

Place the template on your wood board and mark the design with a pencil. Rotate and repeat on the other end of the board to sketch out the second foot.


fold in half mark with pencil
fold in half mark with pencil

With your second piece of wood, position the bowls where you want them for the top of the stand, and outline the edges.


outline edges
outline edges

Next, mark your cut line for your jig saw – this is so your bowls can nest on top of the wood.


mark cut line
mark cut line

With a jig saw carefully cut out the legs and the hole where the bowls will sit. (It helps to drill a hold in the middle of the bowl cuts with a drill bit first to give your jig saw access to the cut line!)


cut with jig saw
cut with jig saw

With a Kreg jig, screw holes into the feet so that it can attach to the top.


kreg jig drilling holes
kreg jig drilling holes

With a Kreg jig, you get these clean holes where a screw can go in at an angle. Without it you can use “L” brackets to attach your base feet to the top with flat head screws.


screw feet to top
screw feet to top

My original plan was to add decorative trim to the edges but since the melamine bowls were scalloped and I was painting it a bold color, I decided to keep it simple, and left off the trim. But if you want add decorative trim to the edges trimmed at a 45 degree angle with a miter box or compound miter saw – attach with wood glue.


decorative trim
decorative trim

Instead of the trim, I rounded the edges of the poplar wood with my orbital sander.


round edges with sander
round edges with sander

By the way, if you don’t have the luxury of a real workbench in a garage, this is one of the easiest ways to create one when you need it. Store two folding sawhorses and a piece of plywood in your garage or shed, and pull them out for your weekend projects, that’s what I do!


sawhorses

Here’s the elevated pet bowl stand before it was painted.


pet stand natural wood
pet stand natural wood

At this point you can stain it which and then add a coat of polyurethane, or you can prime and paint it which is what I did.


pet bowl stand diy
pet bowl stand diy

You can also monogram it if you wish (I used font to illustrate below) – and try out this fabulous trick I found for painting perfect lettering on wood.


add name or monogram
add name or monogram

Aw, there’s our sweet Coco trying it out for the first time, I just love her stripes! She’s getting big – almost four months old now.


kitty eating from dish
kitty eating from dish

coco and pet stand
coco and pet stand

With a few pieces of wood and tools you can create your own in just a few hours. They make a great gift for your pet and for friends and family, have fun building your own!


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Original article and pictures take http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2012/03/diy-pet-bowl-stand/ site


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