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We’ve got two dogs, Hammer and Sydney.  They’re lab mixes and are siblings from the same litter. They’ve been with us for about 11 years and my wife was there when they were born, so needless to say, they’re a big part of our family.

Our kids have the job of feeding the dogs everyday, and every time, they have to slide the individual dog bowls back into place on the floor before filling them.

After talking about it for a long time, I finally decided to help contain the food bowls so they wouldn’t move around and at the same time, raise the bowls up a little so the dogs didn’t have to reach down so far to eat.

One note on raised bowls..  some dogs don’t handle this well because it’s easier to eat quickly, sometimes too quickly.  If you try this with your dogs, you might want to test how they work with raised bowls before building a whole thing for it.

Luckily, our dogs are old enough that they’re not in that much of a hurry and are doing great with the raised bowls!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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I cut a sheet of 1/2″ birch plywood down to about 25″x13″

Cut plywood

I cut some thinner strips to about the same sizes.

cut plywood strips

Then ripped those strips to 1″ thick.

rip plywood to 1"

I sat the two long sides in place, and measured the gap.

measure gap for side pieces

I cut two strips to the size of the gap.

cut side pieces to length

Using wood glue and clamps, I added the strips to the underside of the plywood.

glue on plywood border

I added all four sides, and used LOTS of clamps.

glue on plywood border

I used rough walnut, and cut two pieces to about 14″ long.

rough walnut

I cleaned up one faces on the jointer.

joint one side of walnut

Then I ran them through the planer to smooth the faces.

plane down rough walnut

With the joined edge against the fence, I cut the opposite edge to be parallel.

square off rough walnut

Then I cut the walnut to 1″ strips.

cut walnut to 1" strips

I laid out the pieces to find angles and placement for the leg assembly.

layout walnut leg assembly

I used an angle find to capture the leg angle.

find leg angle with angle finder

Then I matched that angle on the miter saw.

set angle on miter saw

Each piece of walnut got the angle cut on it. I made pencil marks on each piece to remember which direction the miter needed to face.

cut angles on walnut

The pieces were trimmed to length while being mitered.

trim walnut to length

With them all cut, I double checked size and layout.

test fit walnut leg assembly

The added pocket holes to the two cross pieces.

drill pocket holes in walnut

I glued the connecting faces, and clamped the pieces to the table while screwing them together.

clamp walnut for adding screws

I made sure to get these joints really tight.

screw together leg assembly

Finally I sanded the walnut with some 220 grit paper.

sand walnut legs with 220 grit paper

After it dried, I squared up all four sides of the top on the table saw.

trim off plywood edges

I found the center of the top, and the mid point on each side.

find center of plywood

I set the compass to half the radius of my dog bowls.

use compass to draw circles

I drew a circle using each point as the center.

draw three circles

After drilling a pilot hole, I cut out the circles with a jigsaw (from the top of the panel).

cut out circles with jigsaw

I quickly sanded the rough opening.

sand inside of circle

I drew a reference line on the leg base to match the thickness of the plywood border (3/4″).

leg assembly

Then I countersunk pilot holes in that area.

countersink holes for mounting leg assembly

Adding glue to all touching surfaces, I screw the walnut to the plywood border.

glue and screw leg assembly

Finally, I finished the whole thing with butcher block conditioner (wax/oil mixture).

finish walnut with butcher block finish

Then I coated everything with polyurethane.

finish top with butcher block finish

Here it is, all done!

Final shot of raised dog food bowls