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Project by DnD posted 03-01-2021 03:29 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter seen a feeding station for a cat and showed me a photo of it. Of course that meant “can you build me one pop”. So I took pencil to paper and designed this. Her requirements were it had to be 16” tall (to keep other pets from eating the cats food) and fit the rubbermaid container she supplied.

Materials are poplar and silver maple. Hinges are from Rockler. I used pinned tenon and mortise as the fastening method. I want to see how much, if any wood movement may occur. After completing the build, I noticed that there was wasted space, so I installed a shelf so this portion could be used for storage. As always, looking for constructive criticism to improve my skills. Thanks for looking.

-- Brian in Texas





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dphmeyer

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 04:40 PM

That looks great! How long did it take you?

-- -daniel, Washington, https://www.socratichobbits.com

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DnD

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 06:51 PM

dphmeyer, thanks for looking. I have 20 hours in the project.

-- Brian in Texas

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Madmark2

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 06:57 PM

Very nice.

However I would use bigger, shallower bowls. Cats don’t like their whiskers hitting the edges of the bowls. This triggers the “can’t fit, backup” reflex and is why the cat doesn’t eat the food in the corners of the bowl.

Larger, shallower bowls allow kitty to get into the edges without “whisker fatigue”.

A claw mat on top might be a nice addition too.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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DnD

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 10:04 PM

Madmark2,

Thanks for the info. I will pass this information along to my daughter and make any necessary adjustments as needed. I had no ideal about the whiskers…

-- Brian in Texas

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 03-02-2021 02:18 AM

Neat looking box DnD...

Must admit I was primarily attracted by the Jet clamps… but then…

Cats don t like their whiskers hitting the edges of the bowls.
- Madmark2

Does that work with humans (and ducks)? Maybe I should grow a BIG handlebar mo and hopefully lose quite a few kilos.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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jeffswildwood

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#6 posted 03-02-2021 01:18 PM

Very nice idea for kitty! That tote will hold a lot of food. The workmanship is awesome. When one of our Son’s or Daughters want a project it’s always a challenge. Changes? Well, I have six cats so there are some I would have made but as long as kitty and your Daughter are happy, then it’s job well done.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Vicki

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#7 posted 03-07-2021 03:47 AM

Awesome job and design. Love the drawer feature. We have stainless steel bowls that sit on an angle for our cats, supposed to help with digestion. Who knows? ;o)

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 03-07-2021 02:38 PM



... We have stainless steel bowls that sit on an angle for our cats, supposed to help with digestion. Who knows?...
- Vicki

I reckon stainless steel bowls in any orientation would be hard to digest…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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