This high quality feeder comes fully assembled and ready for use right out of the box. Selecting the 6” dish gets you a quality bowl which is elevated and holds up to 1 quart of food or water. If you choose the 12” it is raised up more but also holds up to 2 quarts. The feeder may be coated with Teak or Linseed oils to preserve the feeder if you’re using it outdoors. It is also easy to stain in anyway you like to match other pieces you own. Since it is made from White Oak hardwood it is quite durable and will last for years.