Over the past many months I’ve been making all kinds of live edge furniture, which I’ve made several different videos about. Well, it seemed that ol’ Yukon, our golden retriever and Wild Revelation Outdoors mascot, was getting a little jealous and wanted some new furniture as well. So, I recently made him a live edge cedar elevated dog feeder. Yukon has grown quite a bit over the last two years and was really having to stretch his neck way down to eat and drink out of his bowls when they were on the floor. An elevated dog feeder provides a much healthier feeding position which aids in digestion and reduces the stress on a dog’s joints, especially when they get older. You can make a raised dog bowl holder out of any kind of scrap wood you may have lying around, but again I made this one out of some live edge cedar that was leftover from a past project. Here’s a quick overview of the build to give you some ideas for making your own…
The first step was to plane down the main piece of wood, which I did with my DeWalt power planer, and then draw out the design dimensions based on Yukon’s food and water bowls, and cut it all out.
For the sides of the dog bowl stand, I needed to get some measurements from Yukon to see what would be a comfortable feeding height for him, which turned out to be about 8 inches. I then simply cut out the stand sections from some old scrap wood.
To spruce things up a bit, I printed out Yukon’s name in a cool looking font, cut out the text, and used it as a template for adding his name to the dog feeder design. After I had his name traced out, I carved it out with my Dremel tool.
Next, I cut out two slightly larger pieces of wood as bases for the stand, sanded down all the main components, and then attached the stand pieces together with wood glue and screws.
After that, I painted Yukon’s name to make it stand out more and then used my pocket-hole jig and screws to attach the stands to the top.
When it was all put together, I applied some Sedona Red wood stain, which is my favorite color stain for cedar.
When the stain was dry, I wiped the whole thing down thoroughly and then applied a few coats of shellac as the final finish. However, as I found out later, shellac didn’t work out so well because every time it got wet from Yukon drinking water, it messed up the finish. So I went back and sanded it down and applied a few coats of exterior polyurethane, which worked great and makes for easy, durable clean up.
So here’s the finished product, and as you can see, Yukon was quite happy as he could now eat and drink in style and comfort. Check out the video below to see more…