As I mentioned several weeks ago, as a birthday present for my daughter we adopted a sweet gray tabby kitten and we named her Coco-Nut. She’s quickly become a beloved member of the family, the first thing the kids ask me when I pick them up from school is “What did Coco do today?” Like all kittens, she gets into a lot of mischief and a few things have been tipped over and broken as a result of her exploration into every crevice of our home. Despite the broken tchotchkes, the kids and I adore her and her sweet personality.
I bought her two little bowls for food and water and they used to sit at the base of a cabinet in the kitchen, but over time we all kept kicking them, spilling the contents, and it was driving me crazy. So I decided it was time to build a little stand for the food bowls in the hopes it would prevent future spillage, and also to add a little color and personality to the kitchen. This past weekend I designed and built this elevated pet bowl stand for our little feline for under $15.
Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too! Of course you can modify the height to accommodate medium to large dogs. Supplies: Two ¾” x 8” x 2’ wood boards; 1” flat head screws; jig saw, Kreg jig or “L” brackets, wood stain + polyurethane, or primer + paint, pet food bowls. All supplies found at Lowes, pet bowls from Petco.
First, you need to design the template for the feet. Since the top board adds height, subtract its height from the total height of your stand’s feet. I wanted ours to be 5” high for a full grown cat so I designed the feet to be 4 ¼” high since the ¾” board would sit on top.
Next, create a template for the legs by folding a piece of paper the width of your board in half and sketching out the curvature of the base.
Fold in half again and cut your template with scissors…
Place the template on your wood board and mark the design with a pencil. Rotate and repeat on the other end of the board to sketch out the second foot.
With your second piece of wood, position the bowls where you want them for the top of the stand, and outline the edges.
Next, mark your cut line for your jig saw – this is so your bowls can nest on top of the wood.
With a jig saw carefully cut out the legs and the hole where the bowls will sit. (It helps to drill a hold in the middle of the bowl cuts with a drill bit first to give your jig saw access to the cut line!)
With a Kreg jig, screw holes into the feet so that it can attach to the top.
With a Kreg jig, you get these clean holes where a screw can go in at an angle. Without it you can use “L” brackets to attach your base feet to the top with flat head screws.
My original plan was to add decorative trim to the edges but since the melamine bowls were scalloped and I was painting it a bold color, I decided to keep it simple, and left off the trim. But if you want add decorative trim to the edges trimmed at a 45 degree angle with a miter box or compound miter saw – attach with wood glue.
Instead of the trim, I rounded the edges of the poplar wood with my orbital sander.
By the way, if you don’t have the luxury of a real workbench in a garage, this is one of the easiest ways to create one when you need it. Store two folding sawhorses and a piece of plywood in your garage or shed, and pull them out for your weekend projects, that’s what I do!
Here’s the elevated pet bowl stand before it was painted.
At this point you can stain it which and then add a coat of polyurethane, or you can prime and paint it which is what I did.
You can also monogram it if you wish (I used font to illustrate below) – and try out this fabulous trick I found for painting perfect lettering on wood.
Aw, there’s our sweet Coco trying it out for the first time, I just love her stripes! She’s getting big – almost four months old now.
With a few pieces of wood and tools you can create your own in just a few hours. They make a great gift for your pet and for friends and family, have fun building your own!