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post #1 of 12 Old 10-15-2018, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Building a Cat Condo

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I plan on building a cat condo/tree for my cat. I've attached a photo of a design I would like to follow.


For the two middle platforms I plan on cutting dado's into the 2x4 legs and than gluing friction fitting the plywood platforms into the dado grooves.


The top plywood platform I will drive screws from the top of the plywood into the 2x4s.


I want to join the bottom platform with the 2x4s by cutting a rabbet into the bottom half of the 2x4 and than fitting it over the plywood. I will than drive a screw from the bottom of the platform into the 2x4. Please see poorly drawn diagram.


I am a beginner, and I'm thinking this should be simple and easy enough, I would just like some feed back on my approach.


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use glue - it'll work just fine and be plenty strong.


I would use a nail vs. a screw to hold it while the glue dries - often when you run a screw through carpet the pile catches on the screw threads, pulls yarn out of the rug pile, and can gum up the screw going cleanly into the wood.
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I like the cat shelves. You can offer the cat more space and it does not use up any actual living space. Looks cool too.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....SL._SX425_.jpg

http://www.therefinedfeline.com/imag..._MA_wLOTUS.jpg

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https://www.google.com/search?q=cat+...ih=639#imgrc=_

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I just built this. Still going to add to it. But have it in the house for now. Just used some scrap 2x4s


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How did you join the shelf with the 2x4? Looks like you just cut a dado into the 2x4 and slid the shelf and used wood glue? no screws? Thanks

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I just built this. Still going to add to it. But have it in the house for now. Just used some scrap 2x4s


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How did you join the shelf with the 2x4? Looks like you just cut a dado into the 2x4 and slid the shelf and used wood glue? no screws? Thanks


Pocket screws the holes are covered with the sisel rope


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Wet sisal rope will shrink when it dries. If I were wrapping a post with sisal I would wrap it wet and let it shrink tight as it dries.

I never tried it, but you might be able to get it to shrink by wetting after application. A hair drier will speed things up.
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Maybe Iíll try spraying it with water


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Let us know how it works. I know that when I was a picture framer we used to apply the dust cover (kraft paper at the back of the frame) and then spray it with water and allow it to dry. It would dry tight as a drum.
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I've been busy, but finally got around to starting this project. Please see progress photo. The person i'm making this for would like the tree to be taller. I would like to add an additional ~2 feet to the overall height of the tree. Whats the best way to do this? I'm thinking I could cut a dado into the bottom of the legs and than a rabbet into the extended piece that I want to join to increase the height. Would this be stable?
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that would work - as would a 'sister' leg - which would be easier. simply lengthen the legs by glue/screwing 'extensions' onto the outside of the existing leg with 6-9 inches of overlap.
the top of the extension could be a site for another 'cat shelf'...


as it, looks to be about 3 ft tall, at +2 = 5 ft you may want to consider stability issues.


when a cat leaps off the top, to the side - if that's where they want to go... - the top of the ladder gets pushed the opposite direction. a cat has no issue landing from that height, but it's possible the ladder / structure may wind up being knocked over.
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Just a tip on rope wrapping: Sisal and other natural fiber ropes will shrink if allowed to get wet and then to dry.

So soak the rope before wrapping and then either use a hair dryer to dry it or just allow it to dry. It will make a much tighter wrap.

PET plastic (the stuff soda bottles are made from) will shrink like shrink tubing for electrical. So if you cut the top and bottom of a soda off, you will have a heat shrinkable tube. If there is an area of the structure you don't want the cat to scratch, then put that tube on the structure and shrink it to fit.

A pet door leading to an outdoor enclosure (I used a storm door as a entrance) will allow a safe outdoors area for your cat structure. I put the kitty litter out there. Less smell and less clay kicked around in the house.

Indoors cats live substantially longer than ones allowed to roam. My cats, when I had them, were always indoors cats. It is hard to enjoy the company of a pet if they are gone most of the day.

Cats who are kept indoors can reach the ripe old age of 17 or more years, whereas outdoor cats live an average of just two to five years. Another reason for indoor cats' longevity is that it's easier for their owners to identify health problems early, before they become life threatening.

https://pets.webmd.com/cats/features...-outdoor-cat#1
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