Raised dog feeder with sliding drawer for food.
Your best friend deserves more than eating off the ground.Let them dine is style. With the Woodwork Junkie raised dog feeding station plans and tutorial, build a feeding station for large breeds.
The beauty of this raised feeder is the easy access to the dry dog food stored inside.
Note that as the design dimensions are dependent on the size of the container you are using to store the dog food and also the height of the dog it is being built for.
It is therefore advised to build the feeder according to the dog it is intended for.
We will be posting the dimensions based on the container we used.
Tools you will need:
- Saw to make cross cuts (Miter saw or miter box)
- Power sander
- Router (optional)
- A container that the dog food will be stored in.
- Two dog bowls
- Wood glue
The cutting list supplied is to accommodate the container we used. As these containers are not standardized the woodworker should adjust the widths and heights to accommodate their containers.
The height of the finished large breed feeder should be able to accommodate the container and the bowls on top of each other and should be roughly the bottom of the dog’s chest height.
All components are made using 1-inch thick lumber with the exception of the cradle which is 2 inches thick.
Assembling the base – mm(inches)
Assembling the drawer
Step 1 – Glue the panels
Start off cutting all the components that will be assembled to make the feeding station. After cutting all the pieces of wood to size, start the assembly by gluing the panels that would form the top, front, back and sides of the box and allow to cure.
Step 2 – Assemble cradle and base panels
The cradle will be built to accommodate the container for the dry dog food and consists of the cradle sides to hold the container centered while the braces at the bottom support the weight of it. The bottom braces also add to the stability of the entire base.
Step 3 – Fit rails and skirtings
The skirtings are fitted around the edges of the base. The skirting around the top edge of the base should protrude enough as to allow it to be the same height as the drawer when the drawer is fitted. Besides for its visual appeal, the skirtings are also fitted to conceal the majority of the screws visible on the outside of the box.
The rails will be fitted on the inside of the box sides along the top edge.
Step 3 – Assemble drawer
The drawer is assembled in much the same way as the box. The two panels are fixed together using the two triangles to form a perpendicular angle. The rails are fixed to the rail mountings as indicated by the photograph above. When the drawer is fitted, the space between the rail mounting and the inside of the side panels should be just enough to accommodate the rails.
Step 4 – Cut holes and router edges
Use your pet’s bowls to mark the holes that will be cut out. The holes being cut should be slightly smaller than the bowls and so allow the edge of the bowl to overlap onto the wood.
After making the cutouts you can use a router to add a curve to the inner edge of the cutouts.
Step 5 – Finish
Finish the feeding station as desired. We opted to fit paws to the front of the feeder as a decorative feature. Instead of paws, you can also consider a bone or even the pets name.
Finishing this feature in a darker color will make it more prominent.
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