Cat Scratch Fever! challenge09

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Project by Tinnocker posted 05-07-2010 02:55 PM 2219 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was suggested by my sweet bride of 8 years. We are both disabled and on a fixed income and an extremely tight budget, so I have to be very creative getting tools and materials for my projects. I frequently dumpster dive but especially like I can offer things and put out requests for stuff and this has been invaluable in keeping me supplied with wood. Sometimes people offer furniture and I will get this and reuse it to make other stuff.
The project: We have 6 cats and to keep them from sharpening their claws on our furniture and rugs we have been buying these cardboard scratch hing pads. They are (or were) very cheap and came with catnip to keep the cats interested. They only last a couple of weeks because the cats love them. Cassie,(my darling wife) and I went to our local Walmart to purchase a new one and the price had jumped from 3 dollars and change to almost 10 dollars. So that’s when Cassie said let’s make our own!
I had all the materials at home left over from other projects.I always save screws and nails from the stuff I get so the brads holding the 4 corners until the glue dried were recycled. All the wood was gotten from Freecycle. 1/4” plywood, 1/8 ” hardboard (1 side was finished with wood pattern) The cardboard I got from our local Acme from the flower department, they had just gotten a huge shipment of flowers for Mother’s Day and (call it good timing) I was going by when they were taking it out to the dumpster. I cut the cardboard into 2” strips. I use Gorilla glue for just about everything so I had plenty on hand. I cut a dado in the plywood sides to accept the hardboard bottom and the gorilla glued everything together and sealed the deal with old straightened brads. Then I used some glue mixed with sawdust to make a filler for all the voids, sanded it all smooth and rounded the edges and corners. I then used some mineral oil to give it some protection.
I didn’t know about the “everything new but the glue” challenge until I had started the project, so I grabbed my camera and started to take pics of the completion of the project. This was a fun challenge!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 05-07-2010 05:58 PM

Looks pretty darn good. I bet my cat would love one of these.

Did you have to put some catnip on it so the cat’s would use it? If so, where do you get it and what is it? A spray?

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#2 posted 05-07-2010 07:48 PM

Hi Sailor,
Thanks for the compliment!
I get my catnip from Walmart’s pet department, it comes in a packet or a plastic jar. To be honest, it looks a lot like pot! I always make sure it’s in the bottom of the bag when I leave the store (just in case!) You just sprinkle it into the corrugations of the cardboard and the cats go crazy. It keeps them from scratchig the furniture or clawing up the rugs. If you make one make sure you have the corrugations verticle so that it holds the catnip. Cats love these things!
Take care,

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#3 posted 05-07-2010 08:07 PM

You are the man, I’ve got 4 cats and had never thought of this. Like you, I noticed those scratch pads have doubled in price.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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