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Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder

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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…

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

I wanted my feeder to be simple and sleek, so I started nosing around the Internet for some inspiration. Here are some of my favorites: Pawfect PetsPet FusionVivipet, and KMG Designs.

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.

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

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.

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

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.

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

When I was happy with how smooth it was, I wiped all three pieces down and stained them using Minwax Wood Finish in Espresso.

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

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:

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

When the glue was dry enough, I gave the pieces two coats of Minwax Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss, sanding lightly with 220-grit sandpaper between the first and second coats.

Here are two closeups of the finished feeder:

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

And here it is completely finished with their bowls in place…perfect fit. 🙂

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

King Henry giving it a test run for dinner.

Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder | Full tutorial and material list included!

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Friday 4th of November 2016

Great tutorial! My pup would love a raised pet feeder. Thank you so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

Antonella | White House Crafts

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

Love this idea! I would have to make 3 though, haha. So cute, and the stain colour is nice too. I hope you'll stop by to share it at The Crafty Corner link party. :)

Brittany Goldwyn

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

Thank you Antonella! You could always make a long one with a bunch of holes for bowls :)

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Tuesday 1st of November 2016

I love how this turned out! So classy! our To grandma's house we go link party starts over at our place tomorrow morning, would love to see you there!

Brittany Goldwyn

Tuesday 1st of November 2016

Thank you!!

the cape on the corner

Monday 31st of October 2016

i really like this, and wish i could use this. unfortunately, my one cat is a super fast eater so i put her food in a ball that you can close and open to make her take her time, and my other cat's bowl is constantly going back and forth into the fridge so that the other one doesn't get her food when she's done. yeesh. how i envy not only the sleek feeder, but the ease of life that must be. lol. enjoy! b

Brittany Goldwyn

Monday 31st of October 2016

Ha! I hear you though...one of our cats is kind of a bully (the one pictured), so we have to monitor them. Generally they are pretty good eaters, but sometimes he hogs the food and we have to separate them. Brats.

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