|Project by Tinnocker||posted 05-07-2010 02:55 PM||1870 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This project was suggested by my sweet bride of 8 years. We are both disabled and on a fixed income and an extremely tight budget, so I have to be very creative getting tools and materials for my projects. I frequently dumpster dive but especially like Freecycle.org. I can offer things and put out requests for stuff and this has been invaluable in keeping me supplied with wood. Sometimes people offer furniture and I will get this and reuse it to make other stuff.
The project: We have 6 cats and to keep them from sharpening their claws on our furniture and rugs we have been buying these cardboard scratch hing pads. They are (or were) very cheap and came with catnip to keep the cats interested. They only last a couple of weeks because the cats love them. Cassie,(my darling wife) and I went to our local Walmart to purchase a new one and the price had jumped from 3 dollars and change to almost 10 dollars. So that’s when Cassie said let’s make our own!
I had all the materials at home left over from other projects.I always save screws and nails from the stuff I get so the brads holding the 4 corners until the glue dried were recycled. All the wood was gotten from Freecycle. 1/4” plywood, 1/8 ” hardboard (1 side was finished with wood pattern) The cardboard I got from our local Acme from the flower department, they had just gotten a huge shipment of flowers for Mother’s Day and (call it good timing) I was going by when they were taking it out to the dumpster. I cut the cardboard into 2” strips. I use Gorilla glue for just about everything so I had plenty on hand. I cut a dado in the plywood sides to accept the hardboard bottom and the gorilla glued everything together and sealed the deal with old straightened brads. Then I used some glue mixed with sawdust to make a filler for all the voids, sanded it all smooth and rounded the edges and corners. I then used some mineral oil to give it some protection.
I didn’t know about the “everything new but the glue” challenge until I had started the project, so I grabbed my camera and started to take pics of the completion of the project. This was a fun challenge!
-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!