I don't know how many people on Instructables are Cat lovers, but I am. I have had cats, since I was a little boy, and my current cat, named Tiny, well she is special. So I decided to make her a personalized Cat Bowl feeder.
In this Instructable I will try and show you how I made it, I have also uploaded the video from my Youtube channel.
What you will need:
CNC Router, I used the X-Carve CNC
Cad/Cam program, I used Vectric Aspire
Wood 24" x 10" x 3/4", I used Maple
1/4" Endmill Bit
Table Router with 1/8" Round over bit
Sander and sandpaper
Minwax Gunstock Finish
Minwax Prestain wood conditioner
Clear Gloss Sealer
Screw Driver and drill
Paper Towels or Rags
2 Stainless Cat Bowls from Food City
Black & Pink craft paint
Step 1: Design and Preview
I designed my project in Vectric Aspire, after I made my vectors, I then added Toolpaths as shown in the pictures.
After all toolpaths was made, I ran the Preview, to see what it comes out like, if it's good, then we save toolpaths and begin to carve.
Step 2: Carve
Now is time to carve, after clamping my stock in the CNC, I first used a 90* V-Bit to carve the Paw prints, her name and face. Then installed the 1/4" Endmill and profiled the the holes and cutout the parts, leaving tabs to hold the stock together.
Step 3: Take Apart
Now use a small saw to cut the tabs off, to release the parts
Step 4: Route Edges
Now I installed a 1/8" Roundover bit into my Table Router, then took all the pieces over it, putting a slight round edge over the pieces, plus it also cleans up the tabs.
Step 5: Sand
Then we sand all the edges, plus the face parts that are going to show.
Step 6: Pocket Holes
Then I used my Kreg pocket hole jig, clamped the jig to the stock and drill pocket holes.
Step 7: Pre-Stain
After blowing off all the dust, wipe it down with a Tack cloth, then apply a coat of Minwax Prestain wood condtioner. Allow it to set for about 15 minutes before going to next step.
Step 8: Stain
Now apply a coat of Minwax Gunstock finish, let it set for about 15 minutes, then wipe off the excess.
For a darker color, reapply a second or third coat, to get the desired look for you. Then allow the parts to dry overnight.
Step 9: Clear Coat
After the stain has dried overnight, spray a couple coats of clear sealer, then allow it to dry overnight.
Step 10: Paint
Now take the Craft paint and a small paint brush, and paint the Cat Paws, Face and lettering as shown in the pictures.
Step 11: Sand Again
After the Craft paint dried overnight, take a piece of 220 grit sandpaper and gently go over the entire piece, removing any paint on the top edges. Then wipe down with a Tack cloth to remove any left over dust.
Note don't sand too much or you will need to reapply stain.
Step 12: Final Finish
Now spray a couple coats of Clear gloss finish and let dry.
Step 13: Assembly
Now clamp your parts and screw together.
Step 14: Cat Approved
Now add the bowls, food and water. Then get the Cat to approved your personalized Cat feeder, I thank she likes it.
Thanks for checking out my Instructable
deankosmac made it!