Step 1: Cut the Parts

this old house editor mark powers cutting wood to build a pet eating station
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a jigsaw guided by a straightedge, cut the parts of the box and the removeable tray according to the measurements on the cut list. Using a combination square, check that all the cuts are perfectly squared.

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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