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Taigert

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2200 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cat furniture cat tree question trick tip finishing

My wife went to look at getting a cat tree, to keep our cat entertained. But after seeing how much they want for them, the task has been put into my lap.
I went down to Petsmart to take a look at them, and it looks like it could be a fun project to build?
What I was thinking about doingis making the base out of 2 pcs. of 3/4” plywood laminated together. Then for the upright posts, 3” PVC pipe. If I make some rounds out of plywwood and laminate 2 or 3 of them together, to go into the pipe this should give me something to attach to the base, as well as a attachment point at the oter end. I think I can epoxy the rounds into the pipe. I think I heard some where that they use Sona-Tube to make the curved cradles?
If anyone has any suggestions on how to make a cat tree it would be appreciated. There is no need for me to reinvent the wheel, when one of our Lumberjock’s may have already developed a great way of constructing a Cat Tree
Thanks,

-- Taigert - Milan, IN


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lew

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#1 posted 2200 days ago

heck here:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8590

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Taigert

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#2 posted 2200 days ago

Lew
I checked that project out earlier, thats definetly a great scratching setup.
But what the wife wants is something the cat can climb, with perches, and boxes for her to sleep, and sisal rope for clawing. Our cat likes getting up high, to sleep or just stare out the window. I have seen some that even have toys for them to play with

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#3 posted 2200 days ago

Ed,

Have you checked this place?

http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/resources/index.php?search=cat%20tree%20plans

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 2200 days ago

Ed, a number of years ago I made one that was extremely popular with our cats. It stood about 5 feet high with multiple levels. The base was about 18 inches square, made of 3/4 ply, and had a 4X4 post secured in the center with four 3” deck screws countersunk from the underside. About 18 inches up the post I attached a large plastic drum that originally stored dry chemicals, or so I remember. (It was free, but I don’t remember where I got it.) I cut off the top and bottom of the drum, them made round plywood “shelves” that were secured top and bottom, with the third one in the middle. Each of these had holes to allow the post to pass through, along with larger holes for the cats to go through. The latter were staggered, so the cats had to maneuver through the vertical drum. The post protruded about another 18 inches above the top of the cylinder, and was capped with yet another much smaller plywood circle.

I covered everything with used carpet including the inside “shelves” in the drum—with the exception of the vertical post. I wound sisal rope around the post both above and below the drum. When we lost the cats I gave it away—otherwise I would attach a photo.

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#5 posted 2200 days ago

If you do this, could you post a blog? I’d love to see what someone comes up with. I know there are lots of dog owners here, but I’m sure there are some of us “cat people” too.

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Taigert

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#6 posted 2200 days ago

Lew, I seen one on the second site you posted, it looked kinda cool, it produced a couple of good idea’s

Bert, Those are the kinda of idea’s I’m looking for, I think cat’s are smarter than they look. Ours, she gets bored easily, she likes things that challenge her.

HoakieMojo, We have both the cat and a Golden Retriever, both spoilt kids. She loves to find places where she can set up a ambush on the dog. Her nose was out of joint for about 6 months after we got the dog, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now their Bud’s.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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