|Project by rustythebailiff||posted 08-29-2013 09:12 PM||1317 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I got the inspiration for this project after tearing apart one of the store bought cat condominiums. We had one of the furry, carpet covered jobs for a few years, and it was getting quite funky as you cannot really clean them. Being somewhat miserly, I decided to try to fix that one, maybe recover it with new carpet. After an hour of struggling with what seemed like a thousand staples, I came to realize it was built from the cheapest “wood” available. Disgusted, I tossed what was left in the trash, and took to the drawing board.
What I wanted was something that was more akin to a piece of furniture, something that I could keep clean and looked nice, and would last the life of our cats. I made the main pylon from furniture grade plywood laminated in three layers. The plywood platforms were inset in the pylon, and some white pine put around the edge. I cut pieces of carpet for the platforms, and they are held on with velcro so I can remove them for cleaning.
The barn was the big part. I used some of my modelling skills for that. After making the basic box from pine, I made some siding from pine on the table saw, and glued each strip on from the ground up. The roof is made of strips of shingles, detailed out with a router and then cut into 1/8” strips and glued on.
As you can see, the kids love it, and routinely fight over the barn. I have other ideas in mind for other cat condos, some should be really fancy!
-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"