Since the original post didn't go into detail about the construction of the DIY Cat Food Tray, and we received a lot of comments with questions about dimensions and the supply list, we figured we would do a second post and lay it all out in easy to follow steps.
How to Make an Elevated Cat Food Tray:
Wood from the hardware store. We picked up a piece of Birch wood out of the scrap section that was about 2 feet long.
Wood trim to use as a rim on the tray - also from the scrap section.
4 Door Stoppers (exact here, similar here).
Spray Paint (we used this paint we already had at the house).
Miter Box or Miter Saw
Ready??? Let's get started!
Start by cutting your base wood down to the desired length and sanding down the edges.
On the bottom of the base, mark the location for the feet/door stoppers with a pencil. Use the measuring tape to make sure the marks are the same distance from both edges of the board (no wobbly trays allowed!)
Use a short drill bit to drill on the marking making a starter hole for the door stopper. Be sure to use a small bit so that the hole is smaller than the screw on the door stopper and try not to go all the way through the board.
Measure the length of the board and transfer measurements to the trim. Use the miter box or saw to make the corner cuts on the trim piece. Be sure to make the cuts all in the same direction (so they meet up correctly in the corners).
Attach the trim to the base with a nail gun, inserting the nails at an angle; we used clamps to hold the trim in place while nailing to the base board. Fill in the top of the nail with wood filler and sand when dry, if necessary.
Spray paint the tray with your favorite color in a well ventilated area. We use a giant cardboard box as a spray painting booth in the front yard.
Quick tip: paint the bottom of the tray and insert large nails or thumb tacks in the future door stopper holes. stand the tray up on the nails/thumb tacks and you can continue painting the top and sides while the bottom is drying.
Allow the tray to dry completely and then add a coat of polyurethane paint. We didn't do this on the first go around and it made cleaning cat food crumbs off the tray hard work. The polyurethane paint will give your tray a shiny finish and make it easier to clean off with soap and water.
Once everything is dry, attach your door stoppers to the base of your Cat Food Tray; if the stopper fights you, twist it into the base using a wrench, but be sure to put a towel between the stopper and the wrench so you don't take a bite out of the metal like we did. Oops.
Stand back, admire your handiwork and watch your fur babies enjoy their dinner on your DIY Cat Food Tray!
If you make a DIY Cat Food Tray for your fur babies, we would love to see it! Use #PDBJayProjects to share them with us!