Hi all, Martin here. For those of you who read my posts often, you know all about my 120 lb. rescue sidekick Harley. He’s a big shaggy loveable mutt, so I do everything I can to keep him cool and comfortable in the summer months. So when a newly opened local park asked me if I’d build them a water station for dogs visiting the park, of course I said yes. Since it’ll be sitting out in the open, obviously I went with Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and planking which is moisture resistant so the park grounds keepers don’t have to worry about rotting, splitting, cracking, or mold and mildew.
I’m gonna warn you, this project may not be for the beginning DIYer. There is some knowledge and know-how that may require some extra skill notching and miter cutting, but don’t let that scare you off. The station I made for the park won’t contain food, but I went ahead and made it a storage bin as well so they can keep extra bowls or bowl cleaning supplies in it. If you’re making this for your home, the extra storage is good for not only food, but leashes, dog bags, etc. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need:
The first step is to cut your PVC trim into 9” pieces. Next, cut off the 3/4”x 2” trim at the edge with 3/8” x 3/4” notch for joining purposes. Then, cut off the opposite end of the notch with a 45 degree cut.
Next, apply PVC cement to the 45 degree surface and bond the two pieces of trim. These pieces will be used as the corners for the pet feed/water station.
Create four 6-1/2” pieces of joining bridge by cutting off the PVC trim with a 3/8” x 3/4” notch at front and back. Apply PVC cement on the notched surfaces and add screws to secure the joint of the corner board and 6-1/2” bridge.
Create four 14-1/2” joining bridge pieces by cutting the PVC trim with a 3/8” x 3/4” notch at front and back. Apply PVC cement on the notched surfaces and add screws to secure the joint of corner board and 14-1/2” bridge.
All the PVC corner boards and joining bridges are assembled. Next, cut six 6-1/2” long pieces of PVC planking.
Tongue & Groove joint two pieces of planking and insert the screws at the four corners from inside of the box at the long ends, and then insert the screws at the four corners from inside of the box at the short ends.
Now we’re going to cover the box frame with PVC planking on all four sides. Cut and apply the corrugated panel at the bottom with 6 screws.
Run the 18” x 10” X 1/2”thick PVC sheet through the 45 degree table saw along the four edges.
Install two hinges 3” from the outside edge of the box. Flip the box over and place it on the PVC panel. Mark a reference line with pencil, making sure all four side margins are equal.
Flip the box to the side along the reference line, open the hinges, and screw accordingly. Draw two circles about a half inch smaller in radius than the feeding bowls. Drill two ½” holes.
Use the jigsaw and start the cut through the drilled holes. Place the bowls in the cutouts.
There you have it. A dog feeding or watering station with built-in storage.
I tried to get a photo-op with Harley drinking out of the water station, but he was having none of that. Luckily my neighbor’s dogs were happy to model for me.
To find Inteplast’s PVC Trim and other PVC products in your area, check out their retail locator tool. Now I have to go build a feeding station for Harley. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
P.S. If you want a detailed drawing of the project here's a drawing you can reference: