Introduction: Cat Litterbox Trunk
Homemade trunk to hide litter box.
Step 1: The Build
Unfortunately I did not take many pictures during the construction of this box but here is the narrative version.
I made a box out of relatively low grade plywood after taking measurements. I cut dadoes into the walls for the dividers and 2 ends and used wood glue and an 18 gauge nail gun to fasten it all together. Next I bought some wainscoting panels and used construction adhesive to glue the wainscoting to the already constructed box.
I made the trunk have an entrance area intended to make our cat walk over a catch mat. Next is the litter box area with a high sided litter box. Finally a 3rd area for a litter genie. There are also many places in the box to hide oder releasers.
I then measured all of the box edges and miters and cut 1 x 1/2 pine strips to finish the trim. I used a think wood strip to figure out the curve of the entrance and cut that with a scroll saw and cut the trim pinches on the band saw.
Step 3: Lid
To complete the box I cut a piece of MDF to size and finished the sides with strips of 1/4 in pine fastened with glue and pin nails. I used trunk hinges and lid supporters to keep the lid open when cleaning. To complete the entire box, I coated the entire box with white paint and used caulk to fill all the joints. This was don't to make it easier to clean. I also cut a vent hole int he box above the litter box and added a filter screen.
Step 4: Home Sweet Home
Lastly I cut out our little guys name out of MDF on the band saw. I made a paper template and drew the name freehand then transferred it to MDF. I glued and squeezed the pieces together to fill the kerf gaps. Then I spray painted it and used double sided tape to attach it.
On a side note, we recently got a puppy, and the box has worked well to keep Oscar's food and water on top to keep the puppy from eating it.