Kitty Condo - CAD/CAM primer #1: Kitty Condo - design process

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 08-17-2012 03:31 PM 2731 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Our 17 year old tabby cat went to the happy hunting grounds last fall, and we decided to console everyone with what else…. a pair of kittens. A brother and sister….. too cute.

They soon took to sitting in the window sill near where the bird feeders are hung and the plan was hatched for a kitty condo.

I surfed the web with Google images to fill my head with hundreds of ideas, expecting to make the typical carpet lined sono-tube on a pole…. but then came across this design and decided it would make a fun woodworking project and would be a breeze when leveraged with CAD/CAM tools and a CNC router.

Now b4 I get accused of plagarism again…. this design is posted on a “free plans” web site. But this plan was a little over the top with ornamentation, and since I’m not into turning and saw room for improvement, I set out to make it my own.

I cut the parts a couple months ago… but have just recently dug out from a few other small projects, and this is the last thing hogging space in my shop, and preventing me from getting back into my hope chest project…so it’s time to bang it out and move on.

My build won’t be anything to boast about in terms of “craftsmanship”, but I thought some of yous guys might be interested in seeing a description of the CAD design process and how it mates nicely with CNC capabilities.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 09:13 PM

Lucky kittys.
My cat trees starts with with a box maze at the bottom with window cut outs.
It was great when my cats where kittens but they seem to have out grown it.
Now they like to be the king of the mountain. They are two separate perches.

Yours look great.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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