DIY Dog Bowl Feeder

Samantha Knaebel is here from Scruggs Lumber to show us how to make a DIY Dog Bowl Feeder for any size dog. Samantha has worked at Scruggs for the past year as an Interior Designer/Sales Representative. She loves her job there because she gets to learn something new every day since the construction/design industry is always changing. Because of her creative genius and handywoman skills, we asked her to share a DIY. Let me tell you, this one is CUTE!


Materials needed

  • (1) 2x2-8' Pine
  • (1) 2x10-8’ Hem Fir
  • (1) 1” Square Bit
  • (1) 3/8” Bit – for drilling pilot holes for circles
  • (1) 5/64” Bit – for predrilling holes for screws
  • (16) 6 x 1 5/8” Black Trim Drywall Screws
  • (1) Compass
  • (1) Quart of Old Masters Wiping Stain – You can you any color, we used Dark Walnut
  • (1) Quart of Primer
  • (1) Quart of Advance Satin paint in white
  • (1) Can of Satin Lacquer Spray
  • (2) 1 Quart Dog Bowls – ordered from Do It Best
  • Sand paper/Belt sander if you have it
  • Power drill
  • Access to Jigsaw
  • Paint brush and rag for stain

Project Instructions

  • Gather all your materials. Everything can be found at Scruggs Lumber Co.
  • Cut your wood pieces. There will be some waste, but you can use the leftovers for other projects in the future.
    • 2x10-8’ – Cut into to a 16 7/8” piece for the top.
    • 2x2-8’ – Cut into four 5 1/8” pieces for the legs, two 4 7/8” pieces to connect the legs together, and one long 13 1/2” piece to connect the sides together. 
  • Figure out the placement for the bowls. 
    • Flip bowls upside down and lay on the 2x10 board. Use the bowls as a guide to where you want the circle cut outs to be. Use a pencil to trace around the bowls. Remove the bowls and measure ½” inside the circle in four locations. Use a compass to create a perfect circle. The ½” measurement inside of the circle is so the lip of the bowl has something to sit on and the bowl stays secure.
  • Use a 3/8” drill bit to start a pilot hole for the circle cut outs. Use a jigsaw to cut out the circles.
  • Sand the insides of the circles and the edges of all the boards until smooth.
  • Build your base.
    • Connect the sides of your base first. Measure 1 1/8” from the bottom of the legs and mark with a pencil. Use the 4 7/8” piece to connect the legs and place the piece at top of the pencil marks made. Pre-drill, then screw the pieces together with two screws and repeat for the other side. 
    • Now that you have your side pieces together, use the 13 1/2” piece to connect them with two screws on each side.
    • Fill your screw holes with wood filler and let dry completely. Sand if needed.
  • Prime and paint your base. Stain the top with a rag and let dry completely. Spray top with lacquer finish. 
  • Connect top to base with screws. You can fill in screw holes with matching wood putty, but we liked how it looked with the screws exposed. 
  • Place the bowls in the top of the feeder.
  • Serve your puppy some dinner! 

You can make your stand larger or smaller depending on the size of your dog. 

Max and Pixie have been coming to work at Scruggs Lumber for all their lives! They love their new Dog Bowl Feeder and think every dog in Jefferson City needs one!

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