Making a Raised Feeder With Storage

2 Hours

A friend of ours needed a raised feeder for her gorgeous Great Dane, Brutus. She was worried about his back and didn't want him to strain every time he ate but all the feeders were either too expensive or impractical so she asked us to make her one. Here's how we did it.
We started off by measuring and cutting tongue and groove boards into 8 x 43 cm (17 inches) strips and 8 x 75 cm (29.5 inches) strips. We joined 4 long pieces together to form the two long sides and 4 short pieces together to form the two short sides. Tongue and groove boards are similar to Shiplap but they are really easy to work with because the tongue of one piece slots into the groove of the next piece, almost like a puzzle piece.
To put the basic box together we measured the width of the sides and cut the 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) posts to size, then we attached the 5 x 5 cm posts to the long side with wood glue and a nail gun.The 5 x 5 posts make it easier to create 90 degree angle where the sides join, something I always seems to struggle with, lol!! Once the glue was dry we attached the short sides to the long sides to form a box.
We added a bottom and top using a piece of pine cut to size.
Hubby used his Dremel circle cutter and straight-edge guide to cut two holes in the top to fit two bowls for Brutus's food and water.
Now Brutus can eat in style and there's extra storage for all his toys, treats and doggie stuff. For more on how we made the feeder, come visit us on the blog we would love to meet you.

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