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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Rad Plaid Cat Tree from Meh Grey Office Chair! =^.^= on: June 04, 2008 08:00:24 PM
Well, I haven't been able to get any video, but yes, it's sturdy enough for her to use. We basically glued the top cushion to the scratching post cylinder with silicone gel. Then again, she is only about 5.5 lbs, so I don't know if it's steady enough for heavier cats. I would guess it would be fine for any cat as long as you always pick it up by the base and don't stress the glue.

Also, thank you so much to everyone for the compliments! It was a fun project and it makes me really happy to see my cat so happy. She actually enjoys the hideaway most and so doesn't bounce around a lot on the tiers, but that's just her personality.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Rad Plaid Cat Tree from Meh Grey Office Chair! =^.^= on: June 02, 2008 06:32:05 AM
Yes, she uses it. She actually got into the hideaway before I was finished with it! It's sturdy enough for her to stretch up and scratch the post and she loves batting at her quadropus. I'll take some video later and post it on YouTube and add a link.  Cheesy
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Rad Plaid Cat Tree from Meh Grey Office Chair! =^.^= on: June 01, 2008 08:37:05 PM
This was an ugly gray office chair we had around that had a broken pneumatic shaft. (I took the first picture after taking one arm off.) My cat really loves this chair and we haven't yet bought her a cat tree, so I thought it would be great if I could transform this into something resembling one. I decided on a two-tiered cat tree with a scratching post in the middle, a few dangly toys and a covered habitat underneath. Click any thumbnail to see a larger pic!



First I took everything apart to see what I had to work with, which was:

chair:
   2 cushions
   2 arms
   1 pneumatic shaft
   1 5-arm caster base
   1 L-shaped steel bracket
   18 1/4" x 1" machine bolts

scratching post:
   1 cardboard tube covered in sisal rope
   1 bolt + washer
   a piece of carpet on plywood

     
   
purchased:   
   new fabric            ($4)
   4 1/4" x 1.5" machine bolts      ($2)
   11 #6 x 5/8" metal phillips screws   ($1)
   1 1.125" x 48" wooden dowel rod      ($3.50)
   2 tie plates            ($0.75)
   
1. First, the fabric. I know this isn't the flashiest, prettiest fabric, but it was in the $1/yd bin and I wanted something that would jive with our decor. I covered the cushions and stapled with a staple gun. No need to be perfect.



2. I flipped the bottom cushion over and used a 1/4" drill bit to drill a hole in the plywood bottom and up through the padding of the base cushion; I attached the scratching post tube through the center of the cushion with its own bolt and washer. (Major props to my boyfriend, Jason, for being the muscle in this process.)

               

3. I flipped the chair arms over and reattached them to the bottom of the seat cushion facing the floor. This gave me a rocking base (great stool!) if I wanted to leave it as such, but I needed a bit more stability. I flipped the L bracket over and reattached it using the 1/4" x 1.5" machine bolts. I cut the dowel rod into two legs each 11.5" long and screwed them onto the tie plates, which I then screwed into the plywood bottom to give a firm, stable base to the tree.

                         

4. I used a 3/16" drill bit to drill new holes in the plywood of the top-level cushion and secured the pneumatic shaft to its bottom with its own bolts.

     

5. Stapled a skirt to the perimeter of the base to make a hideaway.

6. The scratching post is actually a hollow cardboard tube, so I simply placed the pneumatic shaft inside the tube and secured the edges with epoxy. The lift handle was too difficult to remove, so I used it as a hanger for her favorite toys. Ta da!

          


7. The leftovers. Not much!




Begin:         5/31/08 8:00pm
End:         6/1/08 9:00pm
Total cost:      about $10
Total time:      about 5 hours not counting trips to Walmart and Home Depot
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: What is PINK, FURRY, and CUTE all over?(img overload)*updated* on: June 01, 2008 08:29:58 PM
Boutiques in Houston sell things like this for oodles of cash! Very cute.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: "let the sunshine in" desk chair makeover on: June 01, 2008 08:28:06 PM
Aw, pretty happy chair! I love the colors and you did an awesome job with the stitching.  Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Stone sofa on: June 01, 2008 08:26:39 PM
So. Italy! So jealous! Fabulous craftsmanship. It blends seamlessly.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: My journal has grown legs! on: June 01, 2008 08:24:01 PM
Very ecclectic, something different to see and wonder about everywhere you look. Great job!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Patches the Ugly Chair on: June 01, 2008 08:22:24 PM
Adorable. It reminds me of something you'd have found in Clarissa Darling's room. Cheesy
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Roadkill chair into cute girl's bench on: June 01, 2008 08:18:24 PM
I can't tell if it has three legs or five. Either way, great job, very cute.  Smiley
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Ugly office chair to modern elegance office chair on: June 01, 2008 08:17:12 PM
I love that fabric!! So elegant and precious!
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