Build This No-Mess Dog Feeder with Built-In Storage!

We all love our dogs, but it can really strain the relationship when they knock their food or water bowl over! It’s strange how the kids are never around to help clean up the mess. It’s just another of your tasks, right?

And then there’s the question of food storage. Depending on the breed, that food can take up a lot of cupboard space.

We’ve got the perfect solution! No dog owner will ever have to worry about their dog’s mealtime again… this DIY dog feeder with built-in storage!

Isn’t this project beautiful? It’s made from recycled pallets so you don’t have to worry about spending too much on materials, too.

Now you don’t have to worry about messes in the kitchen or your dog getting through the cabinets and stealthily snacking on their dog food!

If you’re not a fan of the raw timber finish then you can stain or paint yours in any color that you like. It’s all up to you! 😉

Ready to make this project for your furry best friend?

You’ll need these materials…

  • Recycled pallets
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or varnish

And these tools…

  • Planer or thicknesser
  • Router
  • Scrollsaw
  • Hand saw and hand plane

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  1. Dismantle your pallets. Make sure that yours are marked as HT which means they were treated with high temperature and therefore safe for projects involving food. NEVER use pallets that have been painted red or blue, those have been treated with chemicals and aren’t safe to be used, even as heating!

2. Plane your pallet planks. Make sure that your planks are all the same thickness and glue them together into several panels.

3. Cut the panels to the right size and glue them together using box joints. You can use screws but since this is a project that would be used by animals, that might pose some danger to them in the future. Box joints provide a lot of contact area for the glue, making your project sturdier.

4. Glue bottom and top. Attach a band of wood that is a bit higher than the top of your box to create a rabbet and glue them together and repeat this procedure for the bottom. Make the cover with the holes for the dog bowls using a compass and router and set aside for now.

5. Make names and silhouettes using a scroll saw. If you don’t have a scroll saw, you can just paint your dogs’ names and other flairs on the box itself.

6. Make the lift. Cut 4 centimeters from the top using a hand saw and smooth out the edges with your hand plane. Using wood scraps, make the lift mechanism based on coffee table lifts.

7. Finishing. Coat the interior with 5 coats of varnish to make it suitable for food use. Attach the names and other decorations you made earlier (if painted, coat them with varnish to avoid contact with your dogs) and coat the entire box with 3 coats of varnish. And you’re done!

Thanks to Esdeebee for this wonderful project. You can follow him on his Facebook page, Archi 4 Pets for more ideas and inspiration.



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