The special thing about this dog feeder is that the top opens to store the food and opens in a way that water is not spilled when opening.
Material I used for this project is:
- some paint and varnish
Step 1: Dismantle Pallets
Step 2: Make the Pannels for the Box
After planing all the pallet planks to the same thickness, i glued them together in several pannels.
Step 3: Making the Box Frame
I cut the panels to the right size and glue them together using box joints because I don't like using screws when the craft is to be used by animals and box joints are the best solution because there is a large contact area for the glue.
the box joints are made with a router installed under the table and a box joint jig I have made myself
Step 4: Glue Bottom and Top
To glue the top I first glued a band of wood that is a bit higher than the top of the box to get a rabbet to glue the top.
I did the same at the bottom.
In the top panel, I made three round holes for the food bowls. the holes are made with a router on a home made compass to make sure the circles are perfect.
Step 5: Names...
the names of the dogs and silhouettes are made on the scroll-saw and will be glued on the box after being painted.
Step 6: The Opening Lift
To make the top opening, I put the box on my table saw and make a cut at 4 centimeters from the top not going through the whole thickness of the panels to avoid pinching the blade and having as result a catastrophe.
I use my hand saw to do the cut and my hand plane to smooth out the edges.
The lift is made with wood scraps based on coffee table lifts.
Step 7: Finishing
for finishing, the interior of the box is covered with 5 coats of varnish suitable for food usage.
the dog silhouettes and letters are painted and three coats of varnish are applied on the complete box.
I apply the varnish also on the letters and the silhouettes to avoid contact between the dogs and the paint.