DIY Raised Dog Bowls
Happy Monday! I know it is a rare occasion you hear from me on a Monday, but let’s just say I fell a little behind last week, shall we? If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember me telling you several weeks ago that I was planning to make Marvin a DIY raised dog bowl. Well folks, I finally got around to executing this idea and today I am going to share it with you along with a full tutorial so you can make one for your furry friend too!
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First, let me start off by giving credit where credit is due. I wanted to make Marvin a raised dog bowl from day one because I am a DIY addict and that’s what I do. But my original plan just wasn’t going to be the right height for our small but tall Italian Greyhound. After tossing several ideas around, Barry actually came up with this one. So kudos to my hubby for having a great idea and me not vetoing it 😉 I was also able to take advantage of some supplies we already had on hand that were just collecting dust in the garage. So let me show you how I did it.
Step 1: Find appropriate sized dog bowls with a lip
I purchased two metal bowls with little paw prints around them at my local Walmart. They were less than $2 in store and the half inch lip was perfect! They don’t appear to sell the exact bowls online, but these are similar.
Step 2: Cut wood to length
I used some common boards we had on hand from a different project that we abandoned. Using the bowls as a guide, I decided on 17 inches in length. Then I measured 17 inches on all my boards and cut them to length with our miter saw.
Based on the thickness of each board at 3/4 inch, I chose to stack 6 boards for an overall height of 4.5 inches.
Step 3: Determine your hole size
The bowls I used are just a hair over 6.5 inches in diameter. I marked a 6 inch circle and the center point of each circle. NOTE: the holes you cut NEED TO BE SMALLER than the lip of the bowl. You will also need to cut holes in enough boards to fully recess the bowls. Based on the size of our bowls, we needed to cut 6 holes in total. With the bowl holes marked, I clamped the wood to a table to help keep it steady for drilling. I will be honest, wood clamps would have been a much better option for this, but these are the clamps we have.
Step 4: Drill or cut your holes out
For this step we used a 6 inch hole saw we borrowed from a friend. Barry actually cut these out because it definitely takes some muscle and we don’t have the most powerful drills. You could also use a jigsaw which might actually be easier, but neither of us are that good at making perfect circles with ours.
Step 5: Sand all the wood pieces smooth
I sanded each piece with our orbital sander and hand sanded the inside of the circles with sand paper.
Step 6: Stain/seal the wood
I wanted to create a butcher block type look so I alternated the color on each piece. For the natural layer I used a food safe butcher block oil only. I HIGHLY recommend the top layer, where your dog will be eating to be natural wood with only food safe oil for the safety of your pet. For the darker layers, I used a Kona stain I have had for years. I don’t think they make this exact stain anymore, but this one is very similar. Because most stains are oil based and I hate using mineral spirits, I started buying these foam brushes at the Dollar Tree (I got 8 for $1), so I can just throw them away when I am done. It’s so much easier than trying to clean my favorite good brushes.
Step 7: Glue each layer together
I used landscape adhesive we had on hand because a) I already had it and b) we used it on our faux fireplace logs and it worked like a charm. If you don’t have any on hand, Gorilla Glue would be my next suggestion. When you get to the layers with the holes, make sure you apply the glue to the backside of the piece with the holes cut out so you do not apply glue where your bowls will sit.
Marvin watched this part from his favorite window seat 🙂
Step 8: Add weight and allow to dry overnight
It would be very handy to have wood clamps for this step, but we don’t so we got creative. We laid a scrap piece of wood across the top layer to protect the wood and provide a flat surface. Then we stacked a few weights on top, 27 lbs to be exact. See, I told you we got creative 😉 I allowed it to dry overnight or about 12 hours.
Step 9: Add bowls
I think this step is self explanatory 😉
Step 10: Watch your pet enjoy!
I was a little nervous Marvin wouldn’t like the metal bowls because some dogs don’t, but he had no problem! He knew it was for him and started eating from it right away!
This simple raised dog bowl not only looks stylish and complies with my 2019 goals, but it makes eating a bit easier for our pup Marvin. Since I used items we already had on hand, I only spent $4 on the new bowls for inside the stand. I am calling this project a win for mommy and Marvin.
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