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How to Customize a Dog House with a Nameplate and Dish Station

Lowe's shows you just how easy it is to customize your own doghouse with a nameplate and dish station! Before you can commence with the customizing, you need a doghouse. Your local Lowe's has a large selection of models like the one in this video. It's a styling addition to any doggy domain—and it's quick and easy to assemble. You can turn your doghouse into a regular pet palace with easy additions like this dish station and a personalized name plate cut in the shape of a dog bone. To get started, you'll need your materials: For the dish station, you will need: - a 4 foot-long 1x6 board for the dish station - a 2 foot-long 1x6 board for the name plate - a couple of stainless steel dog dishes - some stick-on letters for the name - a bone-shaped template to guide your cuts - a jigsaw - sandpaper - some clear-coat sealer spray - a drill - a screwdriver We'll start with the name plate. First, trace a bone-shaped template onto the board. You can download the template from You'll need to use a jigsaw to carefully cut the bone shape out of your board. Don't forget proper eye and ear protection. After you've made your cut, you'll want to sand down the rough edges. Then, you'll want to use a non-toxic spray-on clear coat sealer to protect your pup's name against the elements. Make sure you spray outside or in a well-ventilated area. Once the sealer is dry, you can start personalizing your name plate using these reflective stick-ons. Use a t-square ruler to help you evenly line up the letters. Lastly, give the sign a final spray to help the letters stay stuck to the bone. Once the clear coat dries, you're ready to hang the sign. Use screw-eyes and hooks to mount your dog's nameplate to the doghouse. To create the dish station, you'll take your long board and cut in half for two equal lengths. Don't forget to wear ear and eye protection. Place the two halves face-to-face, and trace two half-circles, just smaller than the lip of your dog bowls; put them together and you get two circular holes. Then you're going to cut some board into cross-braces. Place the two halves of the boards together. Now, use the cross-braces-one at each end, and one in the middle, to join the two halves together. After sanding and spraying with clear coat, you're ready to mount the boards to your doghouse using a pair of L-brackets. Make sure to mount the brackets at a height your dog can reach. Once you've got the right fit, mount the board to the brackets and onto the house with and on to the house, with nuts and bolts. For more ideas and projects like this one, visit To find more supplies and products for your pets, visit the
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