I made this awesome DIY dog bowl stand with a concrete top for my dog's food and water bowls. This is an easy build and a great into into working with concrete! I used Quikrete for the top and 2x8's for the wooden base.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Step 2: Cut the Melamine
The Concrete Top
I started this project by cutting 4 strips of melamine 1.5" wide on the table saw to make the sides of my concrete form. You could also use a circular saw. I then cut the strips to length on the miter saw.
*Tip: When I need melamine for a project, I visit my local Habitat Restore and find scraps that are very inexpensive.
Step 3: Build the Form
Once I had the four pieces to size I screwed them together to make a rectangular form, making sure my corners were square.
I hot glued the form down to a bigger melamine piece, creating the bottom of the form. And then caulked the inside corners and edges with silicone.
Step 4: Mix & Fill With Concrete
I mixed up some Quikrete and then filled the form, making sure to push the mixture into the corners.
I set in a piece of wood (coated with polyurethane to keep out moisture) that will later be used to attach the wood base to the concrete top. I secured it with scrap wood and screws to keep the wood from floating up while the concrete cures. And finally I hammered on the edges of the form with a mallet to get out any air bubbles.
Step 5: Concrete: Cure and Seal
I let the concrete cure in the form for at least 48 hours. I then removed it from the form and lightly sanded any rough corners. After the slab was fully dry, I sealed it with a concrete sealer to protect it from moisture and stains.
Step 6: Cut the Wood for the Base
The Wood Base
I cut off the rounded sides of a 2x8 with my table saw, giving me nice square edges. I then cut the board to the 4 shorter lengths I needed using a circular saw. I cut two to 14" and two to 8.5".
Step 7: Recess Holes for the Screws
I'm going to attach the boards using screws but I don't want the screws to be shown. So I drilled recesses for the screws to sit down in that I will later cover. Then then glued and screwed the side boards to the top board.
Step 8: Attach the Base to the Concrete Top
Once the sides were attached, I attached the base to the concrete top while I could still access it easliy. I drilled recesses and screwed the base into the board in the concrete.
With the top attached, I could then attach the bottom board to the wooden base.
Step 9: Cover the Screws With Dowels
To cover the recessed screws, I used dowels. I applied glue to the end of a dowel, stuck them in the screw holes and then cut the dowels off with my flush trim saw.
Step 10: Sand and Seal
I then sanded the wooden base and the dowels smooth and gave the wood base a couple of coats of polyurethane in a matte finish. This will protect the wood from the waterfall of water that appears every time my Labrador gets a drink.
Step 11: Enjoy Your New Dog Bowl Stand!
That's it! This is a great intro into working with concrete. I love how modern, simple and sturdy this little stand is. I hope you have enjoyed this build and been inspired to build your own!
Thanks for following along!