Dovetailed Walnut Elevated Dog Dish
My name is Isaac and I'm a mixed breed border collie. I am very sad. My human has made tons of beautiful human furniture around the house but I still have to eat my dry dog food from an ugly food dish holder. I have a feeling the future holds brighter days.
This is my old dish holder. It's so embarrassing...
It makes me sad. My human has been working on a new project though. Maybe it is finally my turn!
"Scrap" 6/4 left over from a Maloof Chair build. This should do just fine for dog dish holder.
Resewing the walnut. Shooting for 5/8" final thickness.
Laying out the sides.
Hand cut dovetails joined it all together. These weren't my best dovetails ever, but it's been a while since I've made any. I subscribe to tails first dovetails. Scribe all the way around and mark out 10 deg dovetails. Cut with a super thin back saw and finish with chisel.
Glued and clamped.
The dovetails turned out better than I expect. This was the best of the 4.
The top is re-sawn and book matched. Two bowls just barely fit on it.
I cut out the bowl holes on the band saw and glued it to the base. I added a support under the center all the way across to firm up the weak cross grain. A trim router was used around the outside to trim the excess and a 1/4" roundover was used to smooth the corners.
After sanding up to 220 grit it is ready for some polyurethane. Typically my go-to finish for walnut is BLO or BLO with beeswax but this thing is going to see some doggy slobber so I went with something a bit more durable.
First coat of poly is on.
I knew it! He WAS working on something for MEE!!!!! I am so happy!
Finished product in the sunlight.