FabCat House




Introduction: FabCat House

About: It is the creativity that draws me towards architecture - the ability of an architect to create a living organism from dead matter, from a heap of amorphous materials and to blow a soul into it. Architecture r…

Project website : http://fabcat.gregor-design.eu

Download, faricate & construct a shelter for a stray cat, or a house for your furry friend.

You only need couple of plywood boards to cut on laser with working area min. 800x500mmIf requested I'll try to do an adaptation for 700x500.

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Step 1: Laser

These are the parts you should cut on laser cutter. Consider using wood stain and first layer of varnish before the assembly

You need to cut the planks into the pieces using a laser cutter with working area min. 80x50cm (31.5 x 19.7 inch).

You can get an access to this machines in various places - fablabs, makerspaces, hackerspaces or commercial services like TechShop or others.

Map of fablabs: https://www.fablabs.io/labs/map Map of fablabs and other labs: http://www.makery.info/en/map-labs/ Map of makerspaces: http://themakermap.com/

There’s much more, not all of the places are listed in all maps, you can also try to research it by yourself.

Step 2: Assembly

Follow the steps to assembly the object, it shouldn't take you long. If the thickness of the planks is right, you shouldn't need to use any glue.

Step 3: Protection (optional)

Depending on how solid and resistant you want your house to be you can apply wood stain and varnish. For exterior use, varnish is absolutely necessary.

Wood stain/finish can provide additional protection and a nice finish to your object. You can choose different types and colors.

Varnish (marine or other type) is a great tool to make your object resistant to humidity or insects and give it a nice finish. Also, after assembling the object, it will glue it together and fill in small cracks.

Apply varnish and wood stain with a brush. Don’t forget to wash it really good after each use.

Step 4: Cord & Metal Tent Pegs (optional)

At the bottom of the house's ribs you can find set of 3mm holes.

If necessary, you can use them to fix the house to the ground using a cord and metal tent pegs.

Step 5: Cork Sheet/roll or Insulation Board (optional)

Depending on where you live, there’s a possibility that you will want to protect cats from the cold weather. There are multiple options, for extreme cold you could install rigid insulation boards or cork sheets (2 or more mm)

Both are very easy to cut with scissors or cutter (cork even with laser cutter).

Step 6: 3D Printer + 3D Printed Leg Protection + Silicon Glue (optional)

If you want to use this object in exterior you need to protect its wooden legs against the humidity. One of the options is to print leg protection on a 3D printer.

This option can be useful also if you want to protect your floor. It is possible that the print will still be sharp so you will have to sand it on the edges.

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    That is awesome. Do you have any more pictures of the assembly process?

    Dalia Ge
    Dalia Ge

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you!

    I was planning to make a video, I've prepared everything and so on and when all was filmed I discovered that the camera was out of focus so it's all blurry :((

    I have some pics though from the first prototype it's almost the same thing. I will take a look at it tomorrow

    Maybe I should add that to make it really strong without using the glue and stuff it's better to verify the thickness of the material before cutting and maybe scale the files accordingly. For example the plywood I bought was supposed to be 5mm but it was mostly only about 4.2mm so I've scaled it to that

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    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    Reply 3 years ago

    More than once, I have filmed a big project only to discover than the SD card ran out of space half way through a major step.