The Catogon

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Project by whope posted 08-09-2015 12:29 PM 1525 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My two cats have been needing a new cat tree. Most of the commercial ones are ugly carpet covered things that I really wouldn’t want in my living room. Not to mention they are over-priced. I figured I could knock something out in a couple weekends. It managed to stretch out into 2 months as I decided to make it a nice piece.

I learned a couple things: octagon shapes are fun, upholstery not so much (the bottom covers), PVC pipe takes and holds staples really well.

It’s primarily various thicknesses of plywood, 3” PVC (the thick stuff), some poplar, 29 circles cut from 2×4s that snugly fit into the ends of the pipes, 200’ of 3/8” sisal rope, aforementioned upholstery material, a black 3×5 rug and a turn rod from a set of blinds that decided to fall off the wall.

It all basically goes together with a snug fit. I did have to pin the base of the center column and the two top leaves for stability. Although if I move to a place with shorter ceilings, I’ll need to cut down the center column and eliminate some levels.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 02:36 PM

Very cool cat house and playground.


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#2 posted 08-09-2015 03:56 PM

That should keep the cats happy!

I never thought about stapling into PVC – thanks for the tip!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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