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Last summer I adopted my very first cat :) Back when the weather was a little warmer, we didn't mind having the doors between the garage and the rest of the house open all the time, so miss whiskers could go wherever she pleased. However, as it's winter now, we keep the doors closed to avoid cooling down the entire house.

To allow the little lady to keep roaming around freely, a pet flap is in order! Since this flap is meant for indoor use, it doesn't have to be weatherproof, so I figured.. why not make one :) Let's get started!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

While I used somewhat more specialized woodworking tools (e.g. a bandsaw), this project can be made just as well using basic tools and materials that you can find in just about any hardware store. Something to note as well is that the measurements I'm using here are suitable for small/medium-sized cats. To adjust the pet flap's measurements to your pet, you can browse for a suitable commercial pet flap and use the dimensions listed on their website as a reference.

Tools:

  • Bandsaw (alternatives: backsaw and/or handsaw)
  • Scroll saw (alternative: coping saw)
  • Jigsaw
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Small wood files
  • Small chisel
  • Drill (with 2 and 6 mm drill bits for wood)
  • Drill press (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Drawing and measuring tools: pencil, eraser, utility knife, a ruler and a try square

Materials:

  • Small sheet of wood, at least 1.5 cm thick (I used pine wood)
  • Small sheet of acrylic (I cut a piece of 16 x 16.3 x 0.4 cm)
  • 4 small wood screws
  • 8 small nails
  • Double-sided tape (alternative: adhesive spray)
  • All purpose glue (to attach acrylic to wood)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (I only used 100 grit)
<p>SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Your cats are too :) Thanks!</p>
<p>Been looking for something just like this and didn't want a store bought exterior door. I planned on just winging it and now I don't have to This will be one I will be building, like the paw print adds to finished product. Thanx.</p>
<p>Glad you like it; thanks! :)</p>
<p>SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>

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