Why should dogs eat off the floor? For hygiene and neatness and just good ol’ love for your best friend, make a doggy buffet station.

Tools for the job

  • Screwdriver
  • Drill with 10mm drill bit
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • G-clamps
  • Measuring tape
  • Paintbrush
Materials you will need

  • 300mm x 2,4m laminated pine shelf cut into the following lengths:
  • Two 280 x 300mm
  • Three 450 x 300mm
  • 22 x 22mm pine batons cut into four 100mm lengths
  • 3 x 40mm cut screws
  • Addis Clearly Neat plastic storage box (415 x 170 x 290mm)
  • Two metal food bowls
  • Dulux PearlGlo water-based enamel
  • Harlequin Exterior Varnish to seal the pine

Step 1

Attach the two long panels to the two short panels to create a box. The long panels are a bit taller than the short panels; this is to allow for the lid to fit snugly.

Step 2

Calculate where the two bowls will go on the remaining 450mm plank and use the compass to draw circles to cut out holes for the bowls. Remember to make the holes smaller than the circumference of the bowl lid.

Step 3

Using the 10mm wood bit, drill pilot holes on the inside of the circles you’ve drawn in step two.

Step 4

Secure the wood to your workbench with G-clamps and cut out the circles with the jigsaw.

Step 5

Measure the width of the timber on the short sides of the lid, and attach the four 100mm batons on the inside of this measurement on the four corners.

Step 6

Paint the lid with two coats of PearlGlo enamel and seal the bare wood with two coats of clear Harlequin Exterior Varnish. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly between coats.

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