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post #1 of 18 Old 01-13-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cat step project trim ideas needed

Hi everyone. I completed by cat step unit, picture below (probably sideways.) I was thinking about trim similar to my shoe box project, picture below. But as I was putting up test pieces, it doesn't look too good. So I would really really like some suggestion please.

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Maybe a large square from centre step followed by a rectangle from the next step in each direction and finish up with a small square top and bottom step. Hope that makes sense.

Another option is form a large triangle and just have solid trim from the diagonal of your triangle into each of the steps.

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Thank you. I like the large triangle idea. Would I use 1/2" stock?
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We use very little 1/2" in Australia but I imagine that should work just fine. We use mostly 19mm which must be about 3/4"

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Ok I have both. I'll see what looks better.

Alternatively, how about if I cut 1/4" birch/oak plywood and glue it over the entire side? May look plainer, but I can always add trim afterwards.
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Ok I have both. I'll see what looks better.

Alternatively, how about if I cut 1/4" birch/oak plywood and glue it over the entire side? May look plainer, but I can always add trim afterwards.
That would work, depends if you're trying to match it in with anything.

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Thank you Dave. I have a few options. I'll tape up a few things to see how it all looks.
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Don't forget pics of the finished product when your done.

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Yes I will post sideways photos when done. I'll try a large triangle 3/4" poplar - top long diagonal leg from one piece of wood.
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Dave,

I've decided on a large square, centered. Then about 2" trim around the perimeter. All 3/4 poplar.

I think I need to soften up this trim, maybe with the router. What do you think?
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That sounds good, think it will work nicely. Just to throw the cat among the pigeons. You could go large square with 2 triangles. I think you would know best if that or the original option would look best as you know the shapes of you existing decor.

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Thank you Dave. I'll sketch out the two triangles. I think too modern though.
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All done except for stain and oil. Here's a picture - maybe upside down. A bit concerned with my paper thin trim on the risers, but I'll deal with it if I need to.

Thanks for your ideas - I think it ended up great.
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Hey it looks nice. Does fluffy like it? That's all that matters. Maybe some action shots of fluffy climbing.

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It'll be a week until it's done. I think the cat will use it - if not, it's a plant stand.
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One impressive cat step. Looks good.

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That turned out really nice. What are your overall dimensions?
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28" high, 35" long and 11" wide. - I think a bit too wide.
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