A Crafty Mix


How to Make a Tongue and Groove Raised Feeder

A friend of ours needed a raised feeder for her gorgeous Great Dane called Brutus. She was worried about his back and didn’t want him to strain every time he ate but all the feeders were either too expensive or impractical so she asked us to make her one. Here’s how we made this one for Brutus.

A raised feeder for Brutus

A raised feeder for Brutus

What we used to make a raised feeder

What you need to make a raised feeder

What we used to make a raised feeder

  • Tongue and groove boards
  • Four 5 x 5 cm posts cut to size ( 2 x 2 inches)
  • Pine plank
  • Metal feeding bowls
  • Dremel circle cutter and straight-edge guide
  • 2 x large piano hinges
  • Chalk paint and clear wax
  • Wood sealer
  • Sisal rope
  • Nail gun

We started off by measuring and cutting the tongue and groove boards into 8  x 43 cm (17 inches) strips and 8 x 75 cm (29.5 inches) strips. We joined 4 long pieces together to form the two long sides and 4 short pieces together to form the two short sides. Tongue and groove boards are similar to Shiplap but they are really easy to work with because the tongue of one piece slots into the groove of the next piece, almost like a basic puzzle piece.

Measure and cut the sides

Measure and cut the sides

To put the basic box together we measured the width of the sides and cut the 5 x 5 cm posts to size, then we attached the 5 x 5 cm posts to the long side with wood glue and a nail gun. Make sure that the 5 x 5 posts are flush with the bottom of the sides. The 5 x 5 posts make it easier to create 90 degree angle where the sides join, something I always seems to struggle with. Once the glue is dry attach the short sides to the long sides to form a box.

Making the box

Making the box

To make the bottom we measured the interior of the box and cut the pine plank accordingly. We used a nail gun to nail the bottom of the feeder to the 5 x 5 posts in each corner.

Measure the bottom

Measuring the bottom of the feeder

For the top we took the bottom measurements and added an extra 5 cm (2 inches) all round (We wanted the top to be a bit wider). We used a gorgeous dark wood stain to seal and protect the top and then Hubby used his Dremel circle cutter and straight-edge guide to cut two holes in the top to fit two bowls for Brutus’s food and water.

Use a dremel to cut the hols to fit the bowls

Use a dremel to cut holes to fit the bowls

We used the same stain to seal and protect the feeder and then we dry brushed on some white chalk paint and clear wax to create some contrast between the lid and the bottom. Finally we attached the lid with piano hinges, added some sisal rope handles and made a sign so everyone knows who the feeder belongs to.

This feeder belongs to Brutus

This feeder belongs to Brutus

Now Brutus can eat in comfort and there’s extra storage for his food and special doggie treats.

A raised feeder for Brutus

A raised feeder for Brutus

Do you use a raised feeder for your fur babies?

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  • Posted: November 7, 2016 14:30

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Wow! First off, it's a beautiful piece. The workmanship is well done and this will look great in any home. Love the contrast of the stain and the paint, it's very visually appealing. Brutus has to be so pleased with this, it will make his life less painful. And his owners have to love that Brutus will be able to eat without pain and that his feeder not only works well but looks great! We don't have a dog right now, but I can see that this would be a great addition for when we get a new puppy! Pinning to save, thanks for sharing your plans.
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 15:01


      My pleasure Nikki. Glad you like it. P.S get a puppy, they'll change your world and your garden ;-)
  • Posted: November 7, 2016 06:21

    Sadhna Grover

    Great and very creative job and I think this is the best feeder. Now Brutus is going to enjoy.
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 07:27


      Thank you so much Sadhna. I think he enjoys it alot
  • Posted: November 7, 2016 03:55


    That is definitely the most chic dog feeder I've ever seen! Love that it's got his name too!
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 04:59


      Thanks so much Shandy. We have to make another one for Brutus' friend now
  • Posted: November 6, 2016 22:59

    [email protected]

    Wow, that's quite a piece of art! Such a great idea! I'm sure Brutus is very happy. :-)
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 05:02


      Hey Ana :D I think Brutus is happy and he is getting so BIG. He's such a cutie pie, he thinks he's the size of a Yorkie and tries to cuddle on everyone's lap
  • Posted: November 6, 2016 21:11


    This would be perfect for our dog! Plus, it might even keep the little ones from dumping the water dish on the floor 1000 times a day. ;)
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 05:03


      Lol do your fur babies do that too? :D
  • Posted: November 6, 2016 19:33


    This is a really great idea especially for large dogs. Its hard on their digestion having to bend way over to eat. Pinned.
    • Posted: November 7, 2016 05:04


      Thank you for the pin Leanna There are so many different view points on whether it's a good thing to use a raised feeder or not, but Brutus does seem very comfortable with his ;-)
  • Posted: August 12, 2016 18:09

    Sarah Jean

    So chic! haha. Making this when I finally get a dog. Or I guess I could make a smaller one for my cat.
    • Posted: August 13, 2016 07:20


      Oh yes, make one for the cats. They also deserve a little bit of love <3, well a lot actually.
  • Posted: August 4, 2016 04:19

    Tamars Jones

    Wow, so good, wonderful, creative. I so enjoyed your ideas. A great article, the tips are not too hard to implement. after reading your article, I thought I would do it. Thank you for sharing it with us and hope you will share more new posts more
    • Posted: August 8, 2016 10:33


      Thank you Tamars :-)
  • Posted: July 28, 2016 23:48

    Dirty Karma

    Never knew I would be into a dog feeder like this :) It is just so lovely and I love how you are so considerate of your dog :)
    • Posted: August 1, 2016 13:48


      Thank you so much. All fur babies need our love.
  • Posted: July 28, 2016 09:44

    Robert Smith

    Brutus is so lucky. I will make one for my cat. Hope she will like it. Thanks for the tutorial.
    • Posted: August 1, 2016 13:49


      Thank you so much Robert. I'm sure your purr baby will love it. Send some photos please when you're done, I'd love to see it and meet your kitty.
  • Posted: May 11, 2016 21:04


    Michelle, this dog feeder is awesome! Brutus must be one happy dog now. :)
    • Posted: May 12, 2016 08:09


      Lol, Brutus is always happy. Thanks for your lovely comment and stopping by. Sending lots of love.

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