How to Put a Cover on a Dog Food Stationby Simon Foden
Feeding stations don't typically come with covers, so make your own.
A dog feeding station offers a number of practical benefits, such as holding the dog bowl in place to reduce spills. Many commercial feeding stations are raised; others are nearly level with the floor. Your vet may recommend a raised feeder for certain conditions, but a raised feeder raises health risk for deep-chested breeds. Regardless of height, covering the station enables you to control your dog’s feeding and prevents food from drying out.
Remove feeding bowls from the feeding station, and measure the length and width of the top of the feeding station. Note the measurements for reference and transfer the measures to your scrap wood.
Cut the scrap wood into four strips: two 1 inch wide and 1 inch shorter than the length of the feeding station, and two 1 inch wide and 1 inch shorter than the width of the feeding station.
Wrap the sandpaper around the wood block and buff the strips so they are smooth. Wipe away any excess dust, then with a damp rag, clean the wood.
Apply a thin layer of polyvinyl acetate on one side of each strip of wood and lay them around the perimeter of the feeding station. Clamp the wood to tightly secure the pieces in place as the glue dries. If you don’t have clamps, improvise with heavy books or boxes. By creating this raised perimeter around the feeding station, you can fit a flat piece of wood onto the top of the station without it touching the bowls or the food.
Draw an outline of the feeding station onto scrap wood, using the measurements you took. Saw it, sand it, wipe it and clean it. If you wish to have a cover that slots inside the raised perimeter, measure the inside of the perimeter that you created and cut it smaller. It will be 1 inch less in length and width.
Fit the cover. Depending on which sizing option you select, the cover either will fit on top of the feeding station perimeter, raised away from the food bowls, or will slot inside the perimeter. The second option will require more cleaning, as the cover will always come into contact with the top edge of the food bowls.
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- Measuring device
- Scrap wood
- Hacksaw or jigsaw with guide
- Work bench
- Safety goggles
- 80-grit sandpaper
- Block of wood
- Old rags
- Polyvinyl acetate/wood glue
- 4 small bench clamps
- Old soccer ball (optional)
- Antibacterial spray soap (optional)
- The Quick and Dirty Cheat: Take an old soccer ball and let out some of the air so it doesn’t roll. Clean it with a damp rag; if it is particularly dirty, use some antibacterial soap to clean it. When you want to cover your dog’s food bowl, just place the semi-deflated ball on the food bowl, deflated pocket facing down.
- Always take care when sawing wood.