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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 12-18-2019 04:33 PM 1513 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a couple of cat houses for the cats that stay outside. Great idea but these would be on the patio and get in the way. But if I could use them for say a sawhorse now that would useful and give the cats someplace to hide / stay warm / sleep. So I merged the two and this is what I came up with.

I started with the houses 1st. Simple box frame and left the roof off for the moment. Then I made the pairs of legs and finished them with several coats of Helmsman outdoor urethane. Made a jig to set the holes for the bolts to attach the legs to the houses. Once drilled out I put nutserts inside the house frames so I can take them apart with little work. This proved helpful later as I need to take a pair of legs off to get a measurement for the wheels.

One bonus of the deal is that these are much heavier than a traditional sawhorse. Typically I work alone so getting a 4×8 sheet of plywood centered and in position on two plastic sawhorses can be a challenge. Push the wrong way and they will fall over and not gracefully either. These being substantially heavier don’t seem to suffer from this and stay put. Now since they are much heavier I used wheels on the two legs on one side so to move you only pick up the other end slightly and they roll easily. The houses are painted different colors per the wife’s request, thinks the cats will know the difference, and no that didn’t work.

They work well and can stay outside year round so they are always ready. They are finished inside and out with either oil based paint or Helmsman Exterior Urethane. I want them to last a long time.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.





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jutsFL

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#1 posted 12-18-2019 07:51 PM

Now thats a combo ive never seen before!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#2 posted 12-18-2019 09:29 PM

That’s two waya to avoid a cat-as-trophy.

Having appeased SWMBO, you wont have to build yourself a dog house.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 12-18-2019 09:39 PM

Look great. This is what I had to build for Jami’s cats.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 12-18-2019 10:03 PM

Thats the Deluxe Model!!! LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 12-18-2019 10:03 PM



Now thats a combo ive never seen before!

- jutsFL

You know it!! LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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swirt

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#6 posted 12-19-2019 01:44 AM

I never expected to see this dual purpose, but I like it. Nice twist.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 12-19-2019 04:54 AM


Having appeased SWMBO, you wont have to build yourself a dog house.

- LittleBlackDuck

Thats almost like finding a hundred dollar bill in itself.

I was thinking all the way through the text, You Sir are a problem solver, but those heavy duty, tipp proof, sawhorses are gonna be a build with benefits. Happy Cats underfoot are just an added bonus…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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Ivan

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#8 posted 12-19-2019 06:01 AM

Very cute….interesting design ….and ’’happy’’ colours…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-19-2019 11:49 AM

Congrats on the Daily Top Three, Gunny. Well deserved.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 12-19-2019 02:23 PM

Absolutely love that idea. Great job buddy

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Underdog

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#11 posted 12-19-2019 02:46 PM

That’s interesting.

Now if you can actually get the cats to use them….

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 12-19-2019 07:37 PM



Now if you can actually get the cats to use them….
- Underdog

And if the get in the way… instant violin strings!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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anthm27

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#13 posted 12-20-2019 10:35 PM

Great work on these.
Very well done.
Regards
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 12-21-2019 03:07 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

I set a board across them last night and this morning we had 4 cats ON the BOARD but not IN a house. It was 33F last night.

Go figure…..

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 12-21-2019 04:35 AM

The craftsmanship on these horses is great. I like your wheel design.

I have the same situation. I have 3 out door cats in souther California where the winters aren’t to cold.
My cats would be pissed if they saw me making a racket on the roof of their house.(:^)

Do the cats go in them after seeing and hearing you saw on them?

-- James E McIntyre

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