With a dog, comes all their
crap stuff. And it’s not always the prettiest looking. I first started off getting some stainless steel food and water bowls because I thought it wouldn’t look too bad to keep in the kitchen. But a month and a half later of them sitting in the kitchen corner, it still looks to me like we forgot to put some dishes away. So of course a DIY idea to make it look a tiny bit better happened. Here is what we did:
We used walnut for the entire thing because I love the way it looks without having to stain it. Walnut is bad for dogs I guess so we used 3 coats of polyurethane to protect it.
We first traced out the size of the bowl cutouts and included notches for your fingers to insert the bowls into the holder. I didn’t want to have to drop the water bowl in and get water everywhere so this was our fix for that.
We then cut out the circles and notches with a scroll saw. We tried to use a band saw at the beginning but the blade was too thick and we couldn’t make the curve tight enough.
Next, we added border pieces around the top by gluing and then nailing the pieces together with a pin nailer to try to hide the nails a little bit. We just stripped the pieces of walnut we had to make it an easy size and not have to measure such a thin piece.
Once everything was cut out, we made the legs. I wanted “X” legs so we cut those out using walnut also. We laid the pieces of wood out to make the “X” and marked where we needed to cut the angles out so we didn’t actually have to measure it. To attach the two pieces together to form the “X,” we used glue and a regular nail gun to make it a little stronger than if we would have used the pin nailer again.
The legs are attached to the top with nails from the pin nailer that we used from the inside.
Once it was all put together, we did 3 coats of clear polyurethane to protect it.
It’s still not the most eye catching thing to have in my kitchen but I can deal with it because I have a pretty cute puppy that uses it 🙂 And it looks better than having random bowls laying around!