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Project by GnarlyErik posted 230 days ago 866 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

CAT TREE

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.

-- Candy is dandy and rum may be fun, but wood working is the best high for me!





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 230 days ago

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

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

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rustythebailiff

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#2 posted 229 days ago

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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ldl

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#3 posted 229 days ago

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

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Monkman

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#4 posted 229 days ago

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

-- MonkeyMonk

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SirFatty

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#5 posted 229 days ago

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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