I made this table for a friend who has a very smallhouse and three giant dogs. she had problems finding the right place to feed them so I built a dog feeder coffee table out of reclamed wood.
I had an unfinished coffee table made of beech.
I also had a few pallets that I could use and scraps of other woods.
Step 1: Design the Table and Dismantle the Old Beech Table
The first thing to do was to design the table so I sketched my ideas on a sheet of paper.
First I designed it with only one drawer then with two and it is that model that I kept for my final project.
Then I drew the table in Sketchup to have a better understanding of what I needed to make
When the design was finished; I dismantled the unfinished table to reclaim the wood and start building the table.
Unfortunately; I don't have any picture of the table before dismantling it.
Step 2: Make Table Top
Table top is made of pallet wood cut at a width of 3 cm and glued together vertically
I also made an insert of a pine newfoundlander in a piece of oak.
This piece has then been inserted in the table top.
Step 3: Make Table Body
The body of the table is glued together with domino tenons. I wanted to use as few screws as possible because this will be used by dogs and I wanted as few metal as possible to avoid rust if in contact with liquids
Step 4: Make Dog Feeder Top
The dog feeder top is made in a piece of beech and the holes are made with a router on a homemade compass.
Step 5: Assembly and Drawers
Once the body assembled, I made a coffee table lift, glued and screwed it in place.
Then I made the drawers out of 6mm plywood and melamine
Step 6: Finishing
Once all was done, four layers of varnish and the table is finished.
Step 7: Testing in Real Situation
I could then deliver the table to our friend and have a live test with her dogs