Cat Tree                December 2008

My daughter Tracey, had an idea about building something for her cats to climb on and wanted to know if I could help her build it. She said she already had the design on paper and once she told me about it, I was more than happy to help her.

After a trip to the hardware store for some lumber and fasteners, it was time to get started. For the center posts I used two 2 X 4's and some 1/2" plywood strips between them to create a 4 X 4. The strips were used in place of one solid 1/2" piece of plywood so I would end up with a hollow area down the middle. This hollow area would be used for some 1/2" all-thread which was used to hold top piece, 4 X 4 posts and base together with. The base is made out of particle board and pine was used for everything else.
 

 

 

Once I had the structure finished, it was time for some carpet. I bought a roll of remnants from a carpet store which worked out great because it didn't cost much and we had some leftover. I used staples to fasten the carpet down with, which just about killed my hand because of how many that were needed. I let Tracey help with some of it but she didn't last very long so I took over again.
 

 

 

 Here it is all finished and the most important thing....my daughter and her cats like it.
 

 

 

 It weighs about 85 to 90 pounds and is very sturdy. And I really like the design that Tracey had for this project.
 

 

 

It's almost six feet tall and by the look on this ones face, she likes it.