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Large cat perch

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-23-2019 08:20 PM 908 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece asked me to build her a large cat perch. She sent me a concept she liked.

I did a reverse google image search, and found that unit is sold by Petco.com for $149. I checked the customer reviews…....and many of them complained that unit fell apart after just a couple of months of usage.

I suppose I could have used 3/4” thick plywood to build my version, but boy those 3/4” sheets are heavy. In the summertime, I slide the sheet off my pickup onto sawhorses in my garage. Then I circular saw the sheet down to manageable pieces to take down to my basement workshop.

Since it was 5F a couple days ago here in Central Illinois, and my garage is unheated…....I decided to use Kreg pocket screws to build the wide boards from 1×12” pine.

Another design choice was the 3 round columns. On the $149 unit, they are likely to be cardboard. I could have used 3 or 4 inche PVC drain pipe…..........but being a woodworker, I chose to build 3.5×3.5” square hollow columns from 3/4” pine.

The sample picture unit was covered in carpeting and wound rope. I don’t really like doing that part, so my niece agreed to handle the carpet and rope.

It will be interesting to see what the unit looks like after she gets done with the carpeting and rope.

I also had to design the unit to be transportable by car….......since they live 60 miles away and they have no pick-up truck. Only 4 screws are required to assemble the whole unit.

I documented my process and you can see it at my woodworking web site.

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 01-23-2019 08:23 PM

The kitty should that , it even comes with a cup of coffee..lol

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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#2 posted 01-24-2019 04:23 AM

Very nice build, looks like you thought it out. I would like one, but I have enough problems getting the teenager to pick up her clothes. I do not want to encourage a hanging spot for them too. The cat would love it. Dan

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#3 posted 01-24-2019 11:59 PM

Very Nice & Well Done Dale!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 01-25-2019 04:39 PM

Nice. I’m expecting there will be a happy cat in the near future.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 01-30-2019 01:33 AM

Looks good, Dale. That’s awesome it can be easily disassembled and reassembled with just a few screws

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