This step by step diy woodworking project is about dog feeding station plans. The project features instructions for building a raised feeding station with two bowls (one for water, one for food) and a large storage area for your pet’s food and toys. You can use the feeding station both indoor and outdoor. The best part of the project is that you can get the job done by yourself with common tools.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8″ long, 2 pieces – 18 1/4″ long 2xFRAME
- B – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 4″ long LEGS
- C – 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 9 1/2″ long BOTTOM
- D – 16 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 14″ long EXTERIOR
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 10 1/4″x19 3/4″ long TOP
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11″ long, 1 piece – 21 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 19 3/4″ long TRIMS
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 2’x2′
- 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 2 ft
- 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- filler, stain
How to build a dog feeding station
The first step of the project is to build the two frames for the dog feeding station. Cut the components from 1×3 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.
Next, attach the 1×4 slats to the front and back of the frames. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the slats to the frames. Place a 1/4″ piece of plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.
Continue the project by attaching the 1×4 slats to the sides of the dog feeding station. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the slats into place and place the 1/4″ plywood spacers between them.
Building the bottom of the feeding station is a straight forward process. Cut 5 pieces of 1×4 lumber and secure them to the bottom frame using 1 1/4″ nails. Building the bottom will allow you to create a storage compartment for the food, toys and other items for your pet.
Build the legs from 2×2 lumber and fit them to the bottom of the station. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2″ screws into the frame.
Building the top of the dog feeding station is the next step of the woodworking project. Use 3/4″ plywood for the components. Mark the cut lines to the plywood, drill starting holes and get the job done using a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with 120-grit sandpaper. Make sure you adjust the diameter of the holes according to the bowls you are going to use.
Attach the 1×2 trims to the exterior of the lid. Use glue and 1 1/4″ finishing nails to lock the trims into place.
Fit the top to the feeding station and align the back, as shown in the diagram. Use two hinges to lock the top lid into place.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. The best part of the project is that the feeding station has two bowls and a large storage area for food and pet toys.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the feeding station, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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