Pet food bowls can look untidy when sitting on the floor. I decided to make a dedicated dog bowl food and water station for our dog Repo. I browsed online for pictures and ideas and settled on something reasonably basic.
I started out by glueing two Pine boards together lengthways to create a single board wide enough for the top to house the stainless steel bowls that I bought.
I sanded the board through the grits finishing with 240-grit for a nice smooth finish.
Then using a home-made circle cutting jig attached to the base of the router, I cut out the holes that the bowls would eventually sit in. I traced the outer circle with a pencil and then measured the rim of the bowl to calculate the cut-out size.
I didn't have a plan. I was just plodding along with the end result in my mind.
I screwed and glued a framework under the top so I could secure Match Pine panelling to the body of the unit.
I made the sides and ends with bracing and base panels to lock it all together and add strength.
A test fit of the front and back together with the top. Taking the final measurements for the ends.
Then glueing, brad nailing and clamping it all together. No mitred joints ends just butting up against the sides.
I had a range of moulding I had sourced from a woodwork shop closure and experimented to find which I thought looked best.
I rubbed in Mahogany stain and then cut the moulding with mitred ends.
Mouldings attached and stained. I botched up the filling and sanding of the nail holes in the mouldings and this reacted badly to the stain, but went ahead anyway. Having a peak of how it will look with the bowls inserted.
First coat of Minwax Wipe-On Poly after rubbing back with 0000 steel wool. I applied three coats for a great finish.