Introduction

woman putting pet food in the pet feeding station while a dog watches intently
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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If your perfect kitchen design is being compromised by dinged-up dog bowls and the dried-up drool that surrounds them, this well-built canine furniture will not only jazz up the fanciest of cook's spots—and organize the bowls, cans, and bags that are part and parcel to nourishing your pup—but the elevated platform will also give your furriest family member some much-needed neck and back relief. This is especially helpful for large breed dogs, like Great Danes and Dobermans, or pooches who are getting on in years.

As This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows here, creating this sturdy dish platform is an easy weekend project. And with storage for treats and a removable tray, cleaning the bowls—instead of the floor— will be a breeze.

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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • pencil compass
      Pencil Compass
    • rasp
      Rasp
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch drill bit
    • combination square
      Combination Square

    Shopping List

    1. 1x12 laminated shelving board Get two 6-foot boards

    2. 1x2 Get one 6-foot board

    3. 1x3 Get one 6-foot board

    4. 1x4 Get at least 2 feet

    5. 2-quart dog dishes with lip edge Get two dishes

    6. 1 5/8-inch #6 trim head screws

    7. Wood glue

    8. Wood filler

    9. Contact paper

    10. Piano hinge Get one that's 18 to 22 inches long

    11. Magnetic door catch

    12. Friction door slide

    13. Door handle

    14. Latex primer

    15. Latex semi-gloss paint