I’ve really been on a kick with projects for my cats (did you see my DIY cat tree using real tree branches?!), and I have another to add to that list today: a raised feeder for their food bowls! I’m starting to wonder if the babies are really appreciating all the hard work I put into things for them…
For my feeder, I used a piece of scrap oak. It isn’t as fancy as my inspiration pics, but it was a ton cheaper…as in, it was free! I already had the wood and all other supplies I needed.
Here’s what I used:
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- A piece of wood big enough for the bowls.
- A hole saw with an attachment size that matches the bowl diameter.
- Two bowls with lips on the top—this is necessary because it will allow the bowls to sit in the holes without falling through!
- Legs. I chose to use two pieces that we cut off of the bigger piece when we cut it down to size.
- Stain and finish. I used Minwax Wood Finish in Espresso and Minwax Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss.
- Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive
- Assorted sandpaper—I used 150 and 220 grit
And here’s how I did it!
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Step 1: First I prepped the main piece of wood. I used a piece of oak from the wood scrap pile. I needed a piece that was big enough to hold the diameter of the bowls. Since my two bowls are roughly 4 inches in diameter, we cut out piece down to 16″ x 5.5″. Once it was cut to size, we measured and marked where we needed to drill the bowl holes.
Step 2: Next we drilled the holes. We clamped our piece in place because sawing the hole saw through oak was a b! My dad actually did this part because he is experienced (he is a licensed contractor), and I do not work well with the hole saw. Our roughly 4-inch bowls fit perfectly into the holes made by a 4-inch hole saw. The lip on the bowls kept them from falling through.
Step 3: For the legs, we wanted something that we could make using the scraps we created when we cut the main piece down to size. I cut a longer scrap piece in half and was lucky that it created legs exactly the length I needed!
Before I started this project, I’d experimenting with different heights by putting their food bowls up on something. I found that girlie wouldn’t really touch the food if it were higher than 2 inches off the ground, so I kept my legs very short.
Step 4: Polish and stain. I used 150-grit sandpaper to clean up the main piece and two legs, rounding the edges and buffing away rougher spots. Then I used 220 grit to polish the entire piece.
When I was happy with how smooth it was, I wiped all three pieces down and stained them using Minwax Wood Finish in Espresso.
Step 5: Glue and finish. When the stain had dried, I positioned the legs and glued them on using Gorilla Glue. Disclaimer! I think I kind of hate Gorilla Glue for projects like this and would suggest using Liquid Nails instead, but I didn’t have any on hand. I just hate how Gorilla Glue expands so unpredictably as it dries. I ended up having to clean up the edges around the glued area as the glue expanded.
Here’s my very advanced setup for applying pressure while the glue dries:
Here are two closeups of the finished feeder:
And here it is completely finished with their bowls in place…perfect fit. 🙂
King Henry giving it a test run for dinner.
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