DIY Welding Project: Dog Bowl Stand [Guide]

DIY Welding Project: Dog Bowl Stand [Guide]

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Looking for an easy welding project for your furry friend? Learn how to make a DIY dog bowl stand with this guide.

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SKILL LEVEL:
 Beginner +

TIME COMMITMENT: One day or less

Here's what you'll need to get started.
 

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Multimatic® 220 AC/DC (or other TIG welder)
Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™ (or other plasma cutter)
4-1/2 or 6-inch angle grinder (with cutting wheel and flap disk)

Thick stainless steel plate 
Thick mild steel plate
Thick angle iron (1-1/4" x 1-1/4")
Stainless steel rod
Silicon bronze rod (SiB)
Two dog bowls
 

Optional Equipment/Tools


Tape measure
Marker
Clamps
Copper bar
 

WARNING: READ AND FOLLOW ALL LABELS AND THE OWNER'S MANUAL.

STEP BY STEP

A dog is a man’s best friend, so why not create something unique for yours, like a DIY dog bowl stand! Get the steps for this easy welding project your furry friend will enjoy using every day. 

Cutting metal with a cutting wheel

STEP ONE:

Measure the outer diameter of your bowls just below the lips they are going to rest on. Mark cut lines for circles and outer edges on stainless steel plate. Cut out with plasma cutter. Be sure to leave some extra material on the edges so you can sand down with a grinder.

STEP TWO:

Mark cut lines for the two ends of your stand on mild steel plate and cut out with plasma cutter. The dimensions for the ends shown are 7-5/8" x 2-1/2". 

STEP THREE:

Next, clamp the ends together and use a flap disk to clean the rough edges and ensure they are symmetrical.

STEP FOUR:

Clean the outer edges of the stainless steel to remove any sugaring. Clamp piece tight to the table, making sure that the front of the workpiece hangs slightly over the edge. This helps to keep the piece straight while cleaning — and stops you from accidentally taking off too much material.

STEP FIVE:

Measure and mark cut lines on the angle iron (14" in this case) and cut with a cutting wheel. These will be the sides of the stand and will give it more support. 

STEP SIX:

Tack weld the top, sides and ends of your stand together using a TIG welder and stainless steel rod.

STEP SEVEN:

Once all of the pieces are tacked in place, use the silicon bronze rod to TIG braze the seams. You can do this using either AC or DC TIG — both were used on the stand shown.

STEP EIGHT:

Optional: If the circles are too big for your bowls, 
you can weld a few tabs around the openings. Take a copper bar and clamp it on the back edge of the circle. Copper does not weld to steel, so it can be used as 
a backing to build each tab on. Using your TIG welder and stainless steel rod, weld a small tab to the piece. Once complete, unclamp the bar and repeat for two more tabs. Cutting the holes slightly oversized and welding in three tabs to support each bowl can also make the bowls easier to insert and remove.

STEP NINE:

Add in dog bowls and it’s ready to be put to use!

Josh Welton

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Josh Welton, owner/operator of Brown Dog Welding LLC — a fabrication and art studio in Detroit — is an established welder, fabricator, teacher, artist, writer, social media influencer, podcast host, entrepreneur and automotive enthusiast. He is a contributing writer to TheFabricator.com, The Welder Magazine and DodgeGarage.com. 

Follow Josh at BrownDogWelding.com or on Instagram @WelderAssassin.

Published: February 25, 2020
Updated: November 5, 2020