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Forum topic by Breydor posted 08-25-2015 05:11 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 05:11 PM

Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and new to woodworking. I am working on a project and have run into a few questions. I have attached a picture of my progress.

I am modeling the design roughly off this image I found online.

I am hung up on a few components related to the roof construction.

Question 1. Viewing the model photo, in slates used for the roof and siding are wedged shaped planks, is there an easy way to make these? I’m thinking the best way to make is on the bandsaw. Does that sound right?

Question 2. Do I need to use roofing felt? Or can I simply layer the shingles on top of the plywood using a product I found on Amazon called “Through the roof” a waterproof sealant between the two laters?

thanks so much for any advice!!

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 05:45 PM

You cant make an outdoor cat house. All the politicians will be in view.

You can buy redwood siding that is already cut on a taper. You may have to look around but when I worked in a lumber yard we had it.

I would use felt on the walls and roof just as good measure.


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#2 posted 08-25-2015 06:32 PM

You cant make an outdoor cat house. All the politicians will be in view.
- SirIrb

I thought it looked awfully small. I don’t think you can fit a piano in there.

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 06:47 PM

You already have cut the gables on the plywood so, attach your boards to it and then cut them on the same line afterward. The plywood looks like 1/4”. I would insulate it either on the inside or outside with 1/4”-1/2” blue board or tinfoil ones or you may end up with ice inside as the cat(s) exhale warm air. Felt paper will provide additional insulation. If you want the cats to stay in there in cold weather, it has to provide some insulation as well as shelter.


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#4 posted 08-25-2015 07:21 PM

Lol. You guys are hilarious. HBO asked to film a follow up to the old series, this one is called “Cathouse in the Caroline’s” unfortunately it didn’t work out, all the cats are neutered.

Thanks for the advice on the insulation, I did not consider that. So if I get the felt and use that, do I use tar? Or just glue the felt between the plywood and siding?


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#5 posted 08-29-2015 03:52 AM

Do you plan to herd the cats into that house? Good luck on that.

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 01:34 PM

Tar paper is usually stapled to the plywood.


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#7 posted 08-29-2015 01:47 PM

You could just put a cat door in the outhouse. I mean, really, what’s the difference between an outdoor cathouse and a catdoored outhouse?

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