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For whatever reason cat trees are expensive and all look alike.

When I noticed our cats really seemed to like the left over felt from my Kindle and laptop sleeve projects I decided to use it in a cat tree to replace the tiger striped abomination under our living room window.

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Step 1: Inspiration

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Our cats (Buckley and Loki) both seemed obsessed with the industrial felt. 

The felt is F-13 from Sutherland Felt. It's great stuff.

Step 2: The pillar

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The pillar is 3 pieces of plywood laminated together. I eyeballed the shape and kept it simple making sure the top and bottom were parallel.

I started by creating a paper pattern and gluing it directly to the plywood close to the edges to conserve wood.

The inside corners were cut with a jigsaw leaving only straight cuts that were handled with the circular saw and a cutting guide. This initial piece serves as a pattern for the other two. Subsequent layers start out as rough cut pieces large enough to screw/glue the original onto with an overhang around all the edges. A flush trim router bit was then used to remove the excess wood.

Step 3: Platform layout

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The platforms are simple 16" squares from the same half sheet of plywood.

I wanted to make sure they were both directly over each other when assembled.
First I found the platform centers. To help with layout I aligned the platforms to the edge of the workbench.  The pillar was positioned making certain the top and bottom edge of the pillar lined up with centerlines of the platforms. Then I just struck a line and used the pillar itself to layout the box where contact would occur.

awesome job!!! taking it for inspiration to tamw the monster i created
agnpros3 years ago
at WALMART they carry a 5 tiered cat tree that goes to the ceiling for $40
Whats the fun of that? This Is A DIY site. (Do it yourself). Not BIY Site. (Buy it yourself).
jimbotheconflictor (author)  agnpros3 years ago
Very nice! Love how simple it is. I've been meaning to make one of these for forever.
been meaning to get/make one of these for my cat, Sir Reginald Lucas
thanks for the 'ible :) great Job

PS- cute cats+love the names :)