Our newest rescue pup, Daisy, devouers her food. I thought our last dog ate fast but Daisy eats ever faster! We started feeding her half of her meals in a wobbler toy and the other half in a slow feeder bowl. Both have been very effective but we’ve no longer had a need for both sides of the old dog bowl stand since it holds both a food bowl and a water bowl. My solution was to make a smaller raised stand for just her water bowl. The new one saves space and has mid-century looks. Win, win, right? Both Daisy and I think so!
Time: 1 hour + drying
Supplies: 12″ round wood board / 3 – 8″ tapered table legs / 3 – angled table leg plates / wood stain / polyurethane / foam brushes / fine sandpaper / metal pet bowl
Tools: jigsaw / drill
Step 1: Use a jigsaw to cut a hole in the center of the wood board. I measured the diameter of the pet bowl and subtracted the width of the rim, which was about 1″ total, to get the diameter of the circle I needed to cut. Don’t worry about cutting a perfectly round circle. The bowl will completely cover the cut edge. Check out this tutorial by my friend, Carrie Waller, for finding the center of a circle and cutting it out with a jigsaw.
Step 2: Lightly sand the cut edges to remove any splintered pieces. Then place it right side up and position the metal brackets so they are equal distance apart. I didn’t measure this, I simply eyed it. Remember in geometry class, any 3 points lie on exactly one plane?
If you’re using a large bowl, like I am, it is likely that the brackets will be wider than the wood frame. That’s ok, since the bowl is slightly tapered it still fits in perfectly and only 2 screws on each bracket give it enough support. Mark the inside of each hole with a pencil.
Step 3: Remove brackets and drill pilot holes for each plate. I like to place a small piece of painter’s tape on the drill bit so I know exactly how far to drill and don’t accidentally drill all the way through the board. Attach the metal plates then screw in each table leg.
Step 4 (optional): Use wood stain in any color you like to stain the entire feeder. Allow it to dry overnight.
Step 5: Apply 1 coat of polyurethane with a foam brush. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours then lightly sand it and apply a second coat. Since I’m going to be using this to hold Daisy’s water bowl, I applied a total of 4 coats and sanded between each coat. Once you’re done, allow it to dry for a few days before using it.
Love mid-century decor? Check out my other mid-century modern projects. And wondering what Plated is (on the cardboard in the photo on step 4)? It’s a food delivery service with delicious recipes. We’ve been ordering a couple meals every week from them and they’ve been so good!