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Jersey's dog bowl

Here is the beginning of my current project. I got a new puppy Dec 1. We named her Jersey in honor of those great Jersey rockers - Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. She's big enough now to to have her own elevated dog bowl. I've cut the cherry stock from left over pieces of the kitchen table I have posted. Everything is squared up and I am ready to lay out the dovetails that will hold it together. I'm a tails first guy, so that will be next.

She only gets a food bowl, there are water bowls that are shared in our house. There did not seem to be enough room to have indivdual food and water bowls for the 2 dogs and 2 cats and 3 kids, :) , in our kitchen.

starting Jersey's bowl

Next time I'll show you the other dog's, Annie, bowl.
 

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Jersey's dog bowl

Here is the beginning of my current project. I got a new puppy Dec 1. We named her Jersey in honor of those great Jersey rockers - Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. She's big enough now to to have her own elevated dog bowl. I've cut the cherry stock from left over pieces of the kitchen table I have posted. Everything is squared up and I am ready to lay out the dovetails that will hold it together. I'm a tails first guy, so that will be next.

She only gets a food bowl, there are water bowls that are shared in our house. There did not seem to be enough room to have indivdual food and water bowls for the 2 dogs and 2 cats and 3 kids, :) , in our kitchen.

starting Jersey's bowl

Next time I'll show you the other dog's, Annie, bowl.
I look forward to seeing the completed project. Thanks for posting.
 

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Annie's Bowl

I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly's replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her's is in cherry.

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Annie's Bowl

I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly's replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her's is in cherry.

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Keen - that looks like a great project. I'm working on learning to hand cut dovetails and when I see some that are well done - it gives me inspiration!

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Annie's Bowl

I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly's replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her's is in cherry.

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Hi Kenn
Well done. We had the same problem with our older dog and the raised bowls helped Her a lot. You did a nice job on the dovetails.
 

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Annie's Bowl

I cut the tails this morning but chopping them out will have to wait for another day. Here is the pine dog bowl stand that I made for my previous dog, Molly. It was a big help to her as she got older and had a harder time getting around. We have since passed in down to Annie, Molly's replacement. I hand cut those dovetails, just like Jersey will get in her single stand, except her's is in cherry.

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Very nice! Tight and clean. Great job.
 

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Tails ready

I got a bit of time today to chop out the tails and feel they look good. Next up is to do the pins, it won't be long before Jersey is eating out of this project.

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Tails ready

I got a bit of time today to chop out the tails and feel they look good. Next up is to do the pins, it won't be long before Jersey is eating out of this project.

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Nice and clean looking. Great job.
 

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Pins done, glued up

Well I got the pins cut and chopped. I had to spend some time fitting the pins to the tails. I must admit I am not so skilled that I can cut the pins and slide that thing together without adjustments. I got caught with a little difficulty during glue up. In the past, I test fit everything all the way in place and then disassembled the project. I read somewhere that it is better to only partially slide them together and make a judgement when you think you have them fit well enough. Then they said go to glue up and bring everything together only once. It was supposed to be stroger, better, etc. so I tried that. Got a little nervous when it wasn't going home but I got it in the end. I have some cleanup to do and a couple tails need a shim. Here's some pics, I hope I am putting finish on this baby this weekend.

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Pins done, glued up

Well I got the pins cut and chopped. I had to spend some time fitting the pins to the tails. I must admit I am not so skilled that I can cut the pins and slide that thing together without adjustments. I got caught with a little difficulty during glue up. In the past, I test fit everything all the way in place and then disassembled the project. I read somewhere that it is better to only partially slide them together and make a judgement when you think you have them fit well enough. Then they said go to glue up and bring everything together only once. It was supposed to be stroger, better, etc. so I tried that. Got a little nervous when it wasn't going home but I got it in the end. I have some cleanup to do and a couple tails need a shim. Here's some pics, I hope I am putting finish on this baby this weekend.

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Looking forward to seeing more!
 

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Pins done, glued up

Well I got the pins cut and chopped. I had to spend some time fitting the pins to the tails. I must admit I am not so skilled that I can cut the pins and slide that thing together without adjustments. I got caught with a little difficulty during glue up. In the past, I test fit everything all the way in place and then disassembled the project. I read somewhere that it is better to only partially slide them together and make a judgement when you think you have them fit well enough. Then they said go to glue up and bring everything together only once. It was supposed to be stroger, better, etc. so I tried that. Got a little nervous when it wasn't going home but I got it in the end. I have some cleanup to do and a couple tails need a shim. Here's some pics, I hope I am putting finish on this baby this weekend.

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This is getting to be a real upscale dish. I can't wait to see the finished product.
 

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Pins done, glued up

Well I got the pins cut and chopped. I had to spend some time fitting the pins to the tails. I must admit I am not so skilled that I can cut the pins and slide that thing together without adjustments. I got caught with a little difficulty during glue up. In the past, I test fit everything all the way in place and then disassembled the project. I read somewhere that it is better to only partially slide them together and make a judgement when you think you have them fit well enough. Then they said go to glue up and bring everything together only once. It was supposed to be stroger, better, etc. so I tried that. Got a little nervous when it wasn't going home but I got it in the end. I have some cleanup to do and a couple tails need a shim. Here's some pics, I hope I am putting finish on this baby this weekend.

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This is good. Keep rolling!
 

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Fixing loose dovetails

Well I had a few dovetails that I wasn't happy with. I took my dozuki saw and carefully opened the ones I thought looked loose to a consistent thickness. The idea is to get a kerf that you can then shim with similiar wood.

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I cut those shim strips on the table saw with a zero clearance insert from cut offs from the sides. It was still a little thick so I sanded it a bit and then used a chisel to break off short shim stock. Then I slide a small piece with a bit of glue on it into the side of the kerf. Filling the kerf is a two step process so I was only trying to get the side of the dovetails to look good.

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Next I trimmed those shims flush with a block plane and chisel. Now I'm ready to fill the top of the kerf. I carefully measure how wide the shim needs to be, trim one corner so it can sit properly in the kerf, a little glue and slip it into place. Just finger pressure is all it needs. After the glue dried, I trimmed these by placing a chisel blade down low and breaking off the shim so there was only a little bit that needs to be trimmed with the plane.

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A little planing and sanding and this baby is about done. Here's a quick wipe down with mineral spirits to check it out before putting some Danish oil and wipe-on poly on. Jersey will be eating dinner out of here in couple of days.

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Fixing loose dovetails

Well I had a few dovetails that I wasn't happy with. I took my dozuki saw and carefully opened the ones I thought looked loose to a consistent thickness. The idea is to get a kerf that you can then shim with similiar wood.

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I cut those shim strips on the table saw with a zero clearance insert from cut offs from the sides. It was still a little thick so I sanded it a bit and then used a chisel to break off short shim stock. Then I slide a small piece with a bit of glue on it into the side of the kerf. Filling the kerf is a two step process so I was only trying to get the side of the dovetails to look good.

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Next I trimmed those shims flush with a block plane and chisel. Now I'm ready to fill the top of the kerf. I carefully measure how wide the shim needs to be, trim one corner so it can sit properly in the kerf, a little glue and slip it into place. Just finger pressure is all it needs. After the glue dried, I trimmed these by placing a chisel blade down low and breaking off the shim so there was only a little bit that needs to be trimmed with the plane.

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A little planing and sanding and this baby is about done. Here's a quick wipe down with mineral spirits to check it out before putting some Danish oil and wipe-on poly on. Jersey will be eating dinner out of here in couple of days.

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One of the signs of a good woodworker fixing booboo's.
 

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Fixing loose dovetails

Well I had a few dovetails that I wasn't happy with. I took my dozuki saw and carefully opened the ones I thought looked loose to a consistent thickness. The idea is to get a kerf that you can then shim with similiar wood.

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I cut those shim strips on the table saw with a zero clearance insert from cut offs from the sides. It was still a little thick so I sanded it a bit and then used a chisel to break off short shim stock. Then I slide a small piece with a bit of glue on it into the side of the kerf. Filling the kerf is a two step process so I was only trying to get the side of the dovetails to look good.

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Next I trimmed those shims flush with a block plane and chisel. Now I'm ready to fill the top of the kerf. I carefully measure how wide the shim needs to be, trim one corner so it can sit properly in the kerf, a little glue and slip it into place. Just finger pressure is all it needs. After the glue dried, I trimmed these by placing a chisel blade down low and breaking off the shim so there was only a little bit that needs to be trimmed with the plane.

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A little planing and sanding and this baby is about done. Here's a quick wipe down with mineral spirits to check it out before putting some Danish oil and wipe-on poly on. Jersey will be eating dinner out of here in couple of days.

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Coming along nicely. Great save.
 

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Fixing loose dovetails

Well I had a few dovetails that I wasn't happy with. I took my dozuki saw and carefully opened the ones I thought looked loose to a consistent thickness. The idea is to get a kerf that you can then shim with similiar wood.

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I cut those shim strips on the table saw with a zero clearance insert from cut offs from the sides. It was still a little thick so I sanded it a bit and then used a chisel to break off short shim stock. Then I slide a small piece with a bit of glue on it into the side of the kerf. Filling the kerf is a two step process so I was only trying to get the side of the dovetails to look good.

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Next I trimmed those shims flush with a block plane and chisel. Now I'm ready to fill the top of the kerf. I carefully measure how wide the shim needs to be, trim one corner so it can sit properly in the kerf, a little glue and slip it into place. Just finger pressure is all it needs. After the glue dried, I trimmed these by placing a chisel blade down low and breaking off the shim so there was only a little bit that needs to be trimmed with the plane.

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A little planing and sanding and this baby is about done. Here's a quick wipe down with mineral spirits to check it out before putting some Danish oil and wipe-on poly on. Jersey will be eating dinner out of here in couple of days.

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Thanks guys, I thought after looking around a bit, maybe it'd be good to show that dovetails can be done. You just need a little patience and willingness to stick with it. Of course once I started this blog, I had to show the good and the bad and the ugly. A couple of coats of finish and this one is done.
 
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