Cat Tree

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 08-28-2013 09:35 PM 1839 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is a ‘cat tree’ for my daughter who recently adopted two kittens – brothers, and both black as soot. I figured the cats needed a a safe place to retreat away from herJack Russell Terrier dog, and her 14-month-old little terrier terror of a son. The only problem is I fully expect the baby will be trying to climb the tree with the cats.

The structure are crooks from local ‘black gums’ cut about a year ago with another project in mind, so it is well seasoned by now after drying in my garage. Some sections were resawn on the bandsaw,which yielded some nice curved stock suitable for this project. The platforms are pine slats over cradle shaped ends, and all is bolted/screwed together quite robustly – with the baby in mind of course. Hard to see in the photos, but there are intermediate ‘steps’ fastened to the main trunk for the cats to negotiate in climbing to the next higher or lower platform.

The cat tree stands a little over five feet tall and has a footprint within a 30” circle, and is meant to stand in a corner, possibly secured with wire at the top so it can not topple over.

It was a fun project, which like most one-offs, took longer than I expected.

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 09:41 PM

Looks great and it’s a great gift for you daughter.

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 10:49 AM

The cats will love that. It gives them a safe tall place to contemplate life ;-). I keep ours by the window so they can gaze out at the world. It’s a very inventive use of the black gum limbs, and looks pretty sturdy. Great idea.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 01:01 PM

Neat project. The baby and cat will probably be fighting for the top platform. Haaa Haaa

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 03:26 PM

Very nice design. I really like the black gum limbs.

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 04:10 PM

I really like the look of that… I have a small birch that is about dead in the back yard, I think I’ll save it for a similar project.

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