Built in shelf

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Project by GrainTrain79 posted 09-11-2009 06:33 AM 2030 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a built in shelf I made out of Red Oak. It’s screwed together (none visible) with screws, pretty simple. The front cleat is pegged on with dowells.
I cut a hole in the wall behind it and my wife’s cat passes through. Kind of silly, but it seems to be a lot of fun- visitors either ‘get it’ or don’t!
I hung it on the wall unsing a french cleat- basicly i ripped a board on a bevel. I hung half, and put the other half on the back of the shelf. I used rare earth magnets to find the studs- the magnets jump onto the drywall screws. Of couse I also had a hole bashed in the drywall so I could take a look for myself.

-- West Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 07:53 AM

Great cat shelf, most people just have knick knacks with their books! The door in the wall is brilliant.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 07:55 AM

I love the cat door.

(and Hello fellow West Seattle person)

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 08:30 AM

Sweet! Our kitties approve and are duly jealous.

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 03:52 PM

If we had a multi story home I would SERIOUSLY consider duplicating that project. I bet the cat LOVES that…

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 04:03 PM

I think that is known technically as a cat-wall-itic converter.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 09-11-2009 04:34 PM

Hirise cat condo. Cool!

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 09-11-2009 05:25 PM

Cool idea. I would love to have one my size.


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#8 posted 09-11-2009 06:19 PM

Fantastic idea. That’s got to be one happy cat!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 09-12-2009 04:34 AM

Great Job Looks Like the Cat Loves It

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 02:07 PM

that is so cool.
lol love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 09-12-2009 03:22 PM

Looks good and the cat seems to like it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 09-13-2009 03:34 AM

Cool, my black cat is jealous, he also loves high places.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 09-13-2009 03:36 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 09-14-2009 05:03 AM

Too cool! I love it. Shelf space & for a cat too! I gotta show my wife.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#15 posted 09-14-2009 05:29 AM

great idea…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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