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« on: June 06, 2007 07:54:43 AM »

In the last year or so I have started getting interesting in working with wood. Up to now I haven't ever done anything from a plan (mainly I just hammer planks of wood together at right angles and voila...we have a table). However, I couldn't pass this up.

I was flipping through this magazine:



When I saw this picutre:


 

It says right on the piture "Make It", so I did. Here is the outcome:




A similar cat condo purchased from a pet store or online runs anywhere from $175-$300. The total cost for this project was $70. A large part of that cost ($24) was the carpet. I purchased cheap bath mats from Menard's and cut them to fit because I wanted all different colors and textures. If you have leftover carpet, then this could be an even cheaper project. Just goes to show, crafting isn't just good times...it is also fiscally responsible.   Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 08:11:06 AM »

This is absolutely fantastic!  What a great job you did!!  Your kitties seem to love it.  I've been looking for something like this, thanks!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007 08:13:17 AM »

I was wondering where you got that cool striped carpet!  Nice thinkin' with the floor mats. 

And it looks like the cats enjoy it!  Cool.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007 08:13:26 AM »

I was JUST thinking of making something like that for my bunny. She runs all over the house and doesn't really like toys, but I think she would love a condo! Is that a current issue? Where did you find it? I have a lot of left over plywood from when I built her cage and I'm going to build her another house inside her cage, but even after that I think I'll have plenty of leftover wood.

hmm...
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007 08:16:17 AM »

wow! very impressive! this is too cute! You did a great job!
I'm wondering how you got your kitties to pose so perfectly - one on each step!?! They must be very obedient! hehe...

CUTE!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2007 08:16:38 AM »

I was wondering where you got that cool striped carpet!  Nice thinkin' with the floor mats. 

And it looks like the cats enjoy it!  Cool.

The striped carpet also came from Menard's. It was a carpet runner. I was able to get 2 squares out of each runner. The cost of each runner was $4.44. The average cost for each square came out to about $2.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2007 08:20:33 AM »

I was JUST thinking of making something like that for my bunny. She runs all over the house and doesn't really like toys, but I think she would love a condo! Is that a current issue? Where did you find it? I have a lot of left over plywood from when I built her cage and I'm going to build her another house inside her cage, but even after that I think I'll have plenty of leftover wood.

hmm...

I originally read the magazine at the library. When I decided to make the condo I realized that I should probably buy the mag. I found it for sale at Lowe's. It is a Better Homes and Gardens Special Publication. The date is Summer 2007 so I would expect it to be on the magazine racks for a while.

Glad you like it. I think it would make a perfect rabbit funhouse. You may want to adjust the box sizes depending on how high your rabbitt can jump. Each box is 16 3/4 inches high. So, the whole thing is a little over 4 feet tall. Might be a reach for a smaller size bunny.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2007 08:35:15 AM »

That is terrific!  Looks nicer than the one in the magazine.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007 08:38:28 AM »

 Shocked Great job! my cats would love that!
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007 10:12:16 AM »

Did you glue the carpets to the squares? Carpet glue or something else?
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