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Two Platform Sisal Rope Cat Tree

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  Well I have just moved cross country from Colorado to Ohio.  My condos front window offers my cats a wonderful view of birds and SQURRELS of which we didn't have many in Colorado.  The problem is I can't fit two cat seats and my chair in the front window, so I needed to make a single two seat-er window seat for Clyde and Kitty.
  I've been meaning to post an instructable showing an awesome, inexpensive, easy to make cat seat/ scratch post that I came up with a while ago.  For as little as 15-20 bucks you can create something you and your cats will love.  This particular example is more expensive because of the sisal rope, but a nice fabric substitute will lower cost and not the aesthetic value or appeal to your cats.
 
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Step 1: Tools And Supplies

Tools:

- pencil or marker
- power screw driver, or Phillips head screw driver
- jig saw
- heat gun or propane torch, a hair dryer might work (never tried it)
- caulking gun, optional

Supplies
-3 pieces of 3/4" particle board or plywood
-4" PVC pipe,   I use drainage pipe which is lighter and cheaper, find it at Home Depot at $8.00 for a 10 foot piece.
- 250 feet sisal rope  $8.81 per 50 feet.  If this doesn't fit your bill or your taste, buy a length of fabric that you like, it will be cheaper and just as appealing to your cats.  A couple yards should do.
- 4" PVC pipe end caps
- 3/4" gold screws
- glue,   I use construction glue that comes in a caulking tube.  Hot glue will work well.  White glue will work as well.
RustyRoller3 months ago

I know I am late to the party here ... it occurs to me, to add some bottom weight to offset the cat force hitting up high, what about putting sand or small stones/pebbles/gravel into the tubes -- at least half-way up? This also gets much closer to my ongoing search for a good method of creating a weather-resistant cat tree, for use on my screened patio. It's covered by a roof, but rain can and does blow in across the floor quite often. So typical cat furniture made from pressed wood or MDF doesn't last long .... I'm thinking perhaps by polyurethaning the base and the landing pads, and sealing wherever any screws go with silicone, maybe this would be pretty long-lasting. I also thought I was going to see PVC elbows instead of just some simple heat molding -- clever and cheap your way! Thanks.

Attmos (author)  RustyRoller3 months ago

Never too late for a comment :). Ok, to answer your last point first, using elbows would definitely be most peoples first thought and would be a good way to do the project, I wasn't sure at the time I made it what angle degree I was going to want and I believe they only sell a 45 and 90 degree bends. The bends I made are sturdy enough and when made in real schedule 40 or 80 PVC, it's very strong. I suppose, looking back, I should have just bought a couple elbows, it would have been simpler.

If you want yours to be super stable then adding sand or gravel sounds like a great idea. I would also use schedule 40 PVC because of its weight and durability. For a little more money, schedule 80 is even heavier.

As a painter, former painter, I wouldn't recommend polyurethane for the base. It does not do well with whether and water and will break down quickly. SPAR varnish might work, but I suspect even that might deteriorate. I suggest buying a couple tubes (Caulking Tubes) of clear construction 100% silicone. Squirt out some lines on your wood and then use a spackling knife to spread it out into a solid coating of your wood, the silicone will also hold the sisal nicely. You could also try plasti-dip in a spray can but that might be expensive.

Anyway thank you for your comment and for your interest in my project. I hope yours turns out well and I would really love to see a picture of the finished project if you think about it :). Nice to talk to you, thanks.

I like your thought about spreading silicone caulk on base & as you say it will also hold rope. I actually have a couple of cans of the spray. I got to use on back of some runners (carpet, not marathon!) instead of using non slip pads. I know there is marine plywood (I'm in Florida USA) but talk about $$$$$) but that seems extreme. I've been designing an outdoor cat tree out of PVC in my head for years. With your project as a take-off point maybe I'll get there yet. If I ever do build something I'll happily share. Thanx for such a thorough response.
TyrleY1 year ago
super! Recently I've done similar, but whit house for cat as a stand.
I caught some sort of toy still here hanging on a string...
NICE! I can't believe how expensive these are to buy. Thank you!
Attmos (author)  wisdom_sp20001 year ago
Thanks. I know, I love my cats but come on! This stuff is too easy to make for them to charge so much. I hope your kitties love what you make for them.
Fantastic build! I've always wanted to make one of these, but have never really understood quite how. Construction glue sounds like just the thing. And my cats would love those extra little coils of rope!
Attmos (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. It took my cats a while to figure out what the little coils of rope were for, but now they go crazy with them.