DIY Homemade Dog Food Stand Made from Pallets [with video tutorial]
  • 3 pallets cut (10 – 24 inch cuts, 6 – 12 inch cuts)
  • 2 stainless steel dog dishes (quart size)
  • Storage container
  • Antique walnut gel stain
  • Rag or cloth for stain
  • Polycrylic sealant
  • Paint brush
  • 2 – 2 ½ inch hinges
  • 1 ¼ inch wood screws
  • ½ inch screws
  • 3 paint sticks cut 8 inches
  • Circular sander
  • Drill
  • Jig saw
  • Carpenters triangle
  • 1 – 2x4 cut
  • 4 – cut 6 inches
  • Paint
  • Locking hinge for box (optional)
  • Small and large drill bit
  • Plastic gloves
  1. Cut pallet boards to size and sand.
  2. Pre-drill holes in 12-inch pallet boards and 6-24 inch pallet boards. Each board will have 4 holes, 2 on each end. This prevents the boards from cracking when screwed.
  3. Next, you will assemble the small sides of the box. Line up 2 pieces of the 2x4, place 3 – 12-inch boards across the 2x4. Adjust until the edges of each board are even. Screw into place with 1 ½ inch screws. Repeat this step with the remaining 2x4 pieces.
  4. To attach the long sides of the box, prop up assembled short sides using the storage container. Place 3 24 inch boards across the sides. Adjust so that edges are flush. Screw into place. Next, flip the box over and repeat this step on the other side. You now have 4 sides of the box.
  5. To make the lid, line up the remaining 4 pieces of the 24-inch pallet. Place paint sticks across the lid and screw into place so that 4 pallet boards are attached. You should have one stick in the middle and another stick at each side. You will need 4 – ½ inch screws to attach each paint stick.
  6. Next, you will need to cut out the holes for the dishes. Place the bowls on the bottom side of the lid between the paint sticks. Use a pencil to trace the shape of each dish. You will need to cut the circles ¼ inch smaller than the outline. To do this use you carpenter’s triangle to help you mark ¼ inch around the inside of the circle. Connect the marks. This is the circle you will cut out.
  7. Using a large drill bit, drill 4 holes inside the circle just inside your cut line. When done, insert the jigsaw blade into the hole and cut out each circle.
  8. Now you need to attach the lid to the box. Screw the hinges to the bottom side of the lid. Place the lid on the box, and attach hinges to the box.
  9. To stain the lid, you will want to put on some gloves. Shake the gel stain, then open the container and dip the rag into the stain. Rup it over the lid and the edges of the lid. When you are done, use a separate rag or towel to wipe of excess stain. Let dry for at least 2 hours.
  10. When the stain is dry, you will need to seal the lid to prevent warping. Spread polycyclic sealant over lid using a paint brush. If will go on a light blue color. However, it will turn clear as it dries. Apply 2 coats, and let dry 24 hours before using.
  11. Next, paint the base of the dog dish stand. The paint will protect the wood from warping, so you do not need to seal the painted wood.
  12. Once dry, insert storage container into the stand and fill with food. Place dishes in holes. Fill with water and food.
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