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I'm planning cat steps for an old cat. 5 steps. 7" wide, 26" tall and 34" long, subject to change a bit. Sides will be 3/4" poplar plywood. Risers and steps will be 3/4" or so poplar stock. The sides will be identical; so I'm wondering what the best way is to cut them on the table saw. I'd like to try cutting both sides together one on top of another. I have a new cross cut plywood saw. Trim will cover all edges of the plywood, only center of ply will show. Alternitive is to cut each side seperately and hope they line up right.

Any tips appreciated.

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Hi everyone,

I'm planning cat steps for an old cat. 5 steps. 7" wide, 26" tall and 34" long, subject to change a bit. Sides will be 3/4" poplar plywood. Risers and steps will be 3/4" or so poplar stock. The sides will be identical; so I'm wondering what the best way is to cut them on the table saw. I'd like to try cutting both sides together one on top of another. I have a new cross cut plywood saw. Trim will cover all edges of the plywood, only center of ply will show. Alternitive is to cut each side seperately and hope they line up right.

Any tips appreciated.

Thanks
I think it would be pretty scarey trying to cut two pieces at once. It's easy enough to let your stock slip cutting one piece on the TS let alone cutting two and not being able to see how the cuts tracking on the bottom piece. I would cut one out on the line then cut one slightly over sized and use the first one as a pattern for my router and then chisel out the corners. Good luck, that's a lucky cat!
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You just stick them together with carpet tape or a couple of screws.

I'm having trouble picturing what the OP is doing though. If he wants two pieces the same width he sets the fence and rips two pieces the same width. Then if he wants them the same length, he sets a stop and cuts them to length. No need to do two at once.
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The sides of the steps look like a triangle with the steps cut into it. Each side must line up perfectly with the other side to attach the risers and steps.
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The sides of the steps look like a triangle with the steps cut into it. Each side must line up perfectly with the other side to attach the risers and steps.
The two stringers for your stairs will need to be mirror images, which will make it impossible to cut with the same setups on a table saw.

You could jig up and do housed treads and risers with a router, but I think your overkilling the situation.

I'd recommend that you use butt joints, and pocket hole screws. The cat shouldn't weight more than 25-lbs, and you don't need a huge amount of strength. Lay them out with stair gauges and a square just like a carpenter would.
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Thank you for that option.

I think I'm better off doing what you first suggested - screwing the two pieces together and making the cuts on the TS. My routing skills are very basic and angles drive me nuts.

I'll use rabbit joints and TB1 to attach the back to the stringers. And #8 1" FH woodscrews for good measure.

I may use rabbits to attach the risers to the stringers. Although the cat is 18 pounds or so, I'm concerned about moving the piece around.

I know we will pick it up my the steps to move it so they must be secured properly. I won't screw wood screws down into ply; may be a challenge but when I get there I'll deal with it.
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