Life as an Amateur Woodworker #57: Back in the Workshop!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-03-2015 01:13 PM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having spent a few months doing nother but maintenance , I now have time to spend back in the workshop, so the other day, I decided it was time to get a simple project out of the way, which would help a family member.

One of my dogs is a rescue dog, he was abused as a Pup and as a result his jaw is deformed, making it difficult for him to eat, he pushes his bowl all over the floor trying to get his food, so he needed a dog table, something to stop his bowl moving, and raise it high enough to be comfortable when eating.

My first problem was deciding how high the bowl should be, I gave up researching on the internet, everyone seems to have a different idea, I ended up going for 2/3 his leg height, or 8 1/2”.

I had some scrap laminated oak board left over from another project and decided to use that. However before cutting all the parts, I had to cut the circle out for the bowl, if that went wrong, I was wasting my time. A while ago, I made a simple circle cutting jig, but until now, had never used it.

It worked a treat, using my trim router and a straight bit.

So with the hole cut, I then cut out the side supports and cross rails

To improve the look visually, I decided to angle the supports and then round over all the parts, that the bowl and the dog would come in contact with, I also pocket holed the sides to attach them to the top.

That done I assembled the table and took it down to the house to see if it would work

I was pleased with it, but it needed a finish, I mixed up some varnish 50/50 with mineral spirit, and wiped on five or six coats

After it had had time to dry, and get rid of the smell, it was time to see if the User appreciated the work.

Yes, I think I can say that was a success! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 10-03-2015 01:21 PM

I know who that dog’s best friend is. Good job!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 03:23 PM

very nice! A man can not do to much for his dog.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 03:42 PM

Thanks Guys, your comment is appreciated! My dogs give me far more than I ever give them :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 04:30 PM

Hey Phil,

Looks a little like my butt bench footstool? LOL! I sit on it to groom and pet my Barn/shop Kitties. Wondered where you were in your projects. I managed to burn up my chainsaw. Finally stopped and started maintenance stuff, and got more done than 3 months of chainsaw maintenance.

Nice project, did you post it?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 10-03-2015 04:52 PM

Cheers Tom, sorry to hear about the chainsaw, at least you have an excuse for a new one! I haven’t posted the project, but will when I have a minute to myself ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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