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A Picket Fence for Cats, Really?

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Project by luv2learn posted 06-26-2015 10:45 PM 1274 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We designed the second floor of our home to be an open loft rather than individual enclosed rooms (that was B.C., before cats). The knee wall is 8” wide and turned out to be great place for cat napping, however, if they roll over the wrong way it is 12’ to the ground. One of our cats did this three times and miraculously escaped injury. I guess it’s true, cats have nine lives.

The first solution to the problem was to hot glue pine cones all over the top of the wall (my wife’s idea). That worked, but dusting was impossible and the cats, all five of them, would still get up there and navigate the pine cones but at least they couldn’t lay down. So when I got fed up with picking up pine cones and yelling at the cats, ”you can’t fly”, my wife suggested I build a picket fence. Now before you guys start laughing, I have seen more than my fair share of wife inspired projects on LJs probably none as weird as this though :-)

The material for the fence is ripped up 2×4s and 2×6s. The posts are 1 1/4” square by 10” tall the pickets are 5/16” thick by 1 1/4” wide by 8” tall. The fence rails are held in place with mortise and tenon joints as are the posts. When completely finished I will have built and installed approximately 60 linear feet of fence.

So, you ask, what have I been doing lately?

Thanks for looking, and stop laughing!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 10:55 PM

Just wondering if you’re going to figure out how to herd cats next—great story with a nice project. Thanks for sharing both.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 11:01 PM

In the immortal words of that great American Larry the Cable Guy…” Now that’s funny right there”...great build Lee and an even better story…its an extra bonus that it looks pretty cool. Nice Job buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 11:26 PM

Now that’s one clever idea Lee! And it looks good too! How did you attach the post to the Knee wall? Did you use dowels?

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 11:43 PM

Great story! Lee – 1, cats – 0.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 12:20 AM

The story made me laugh only because my sons pugs do the same thing. They think they are cats jumping up on everything. I like the look of it, especially the one looking up. Well done Lee.
Did you get Tom Sawyer to help you paint the fence?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 12:42 AM

John, herding just five cats is impossible. LOL!!

Tony, I cut wooden dowels on the ends of the post and then drilled holes in the 1×5 MDF support base.

Thanks Doe.

Dave, our place has a country flavor to it so the picket fence fits right in. No Tom Sawyer was a no show. LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 06-27-2015 12:44 AM

Buster, it is a good thing when a plan comes together, right? Larry the Cable Guy would be proud, I just hope he doesn’t steel my thunder. LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 06-27-2015 12:45 AM

Lee I’m not laughing, it’s a great idea to keep the kitty’s safe! I like it and nice workmanship also, looks good there, creative. Also it may keep you safe, if kitty fell just as you walked by landing on you, that could be bad.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 06-27-2015 12:54 AM

Oh a family after our own hearts. We have an animal rescue and right now we are caring for about 30 cats (they have their own house) and 14 dogs. I can see out cats doing the same thing. I have built so many indoor and outdoor condo’s, ramps and nests for them to play and sleep. I love what you have done for them…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 06-27-2015 01:15 AM

Jeff, one of our kitties weighs 25 lbs. if he fell on me it would hurt for sure. LOL!!

Kudos to you Larry for taking care of these homeless critters. All of our pets were rescue pets.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 06-27-2015 01:19 AM

That is really neat, Lee. Great job on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-27-2015 02:06 AM

Thanks Jim, it was a lot of pieces.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 06-27-2015 02:56 AM

Lee,

Cats rule. LOL! At least in our house, and my shop! LOL! We have had as many as thirty. Down to 6 in the shop, and 5 in the house, and 3 outdors. Going now to feed, pet and scoop for a few hours.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 06-27-2015 04:53 AM

Wow Tom, caring for that many kitties is definitely a labor of love. However, they do bring joy into our lives and put smiles on our faces.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 06-27-2015 12:08 PM

A very cool idea. I’ll bet the cats luv it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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