Doll (Cat) Bed

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Project by Dragonsrite posted 04-13-2012 05:49 PM 1822 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this doll bed for our cats. It is the perfect size for them (16×23 x 12). The design is from Ana White’s web site:

All the material is surfaced on all six sides using hand planes; I’m learning … slowly. Except for the legs, which are some old 2×2s that were laying around, everything is made from reclaimed Pine T&G boards. The finish is a few coats of an even mix of BLO, Mineral Spirits and varnish of some sort I had on the shelf.

The only modifications I made from Ana’s design is that the rails are doweled to the legs, the panels are edge-glued together and glued into grooves in the legs and horizontal support pieces. Also the platform supports are glued into groves in the rails. Everything is nice and tight. I think I could stand on this bed without any problems, so I think It’ll handle a cat or two.

The “mattress” is simply a piece of fleece (I think that’s what you call it) folded a few times since it needs to be washed frequently (shedding season, ya know).

Comments, good, bad or indifferent are welcome.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 01:48 PM

it’s purrfect. (couldn’t resist)

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 03:29 AM

That is one extremely well executioned cat bed. Love it. I just hope your cats arent like mine. I got them all (3 of them) beds (from petstore- not as nice as yours) and still have to see one actually sleep in one. :)

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 05:22 AM

Very nice work! I second what Tokolosi said…. our herd of cats only sleep where They want to sleep. In the case of Phred its normally where I am trying to work. At least he makes for a good QA inspector! Post a pic of the bed in use… if you can…. LOL Steve

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 01:13 AM

Thank you for the comments guys.

Phred: I’ll try to get a picture or two, but the cats seem to think anything I point at them is a squirt gun.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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