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« on: July 21, 2013 12:28:41 PM »

I've been wanting to make a cat tree for a while but I had been very wishy washy about actually getting off my butt and doing it. However, after I saw a picture of one made with tree branches that looked super cool, I finally got the fire under my butt to go and make one(and to force the fiance to help!)

Here is mine(literally right after we finished making it, hence the mess):

Here is what inspired it:

It costs $699, so of course once I saw that I was like 'Psh, I can make that!'


And because my favorite part of browsing Craftster is seeing the progress shots, here are some for this project!

Luckily they just cleared the lot next to us recently and there were some decent sized branches in the brush pile that I pulled out.


I love my pull saw!


All the pieces ready to be put together. (Sadly I didn't take any shots of carpeting the platforms/base, but I basically just built them out of plywood, and a concrete tube mold for the curved platform, and attached carpet onto them with staples and hot glue.)


The first branch attached.


And suddenly all the branches in place, and the fake leafy twigs attached.


Wrapping sisal for my cat to scratch.


Attached fake flowers to the fake leafy twigs and it's done!


Here it is in the bedroom!


And some shots of Gremlin enjoying his new tree:
Like most cats, he initially acted like he didn't care.


But it didn't take long for this to happen:



It took about 2 to 3 days of working on it off and on, it's about 5 feet tall and it cost under $100 to make. I love it!
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013 06:05:02 PM »

WOW this is fabulous! I'm so jealous right now. This rocks for sure.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013 08:24:31 PM »

This rocks! Gotta love getting a good deal from making it yourself! I like that the tree is incorporated.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013 07:00:30 AM »

Awesome job, looks like it will be well used and loved.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013 09:03:28 AM »

ah, that is super cute!  great job!   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2013 12:06:02 AM »

That is such a good idea! I want to make something like that for my ferrets.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2013 06:35:51 PM »

Oh wow!  This is awesome.  I sooooo want to make one.  The ones you can buy at the store are soooo expensive and so i bought a cheap one and the cats don't use it because they can't really climb it.  So I need something new! 

Another awesome project added to my "To Make" list!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2013 10:21:52 PM »

I love it! Very inspirational, I'd like to make one like this I think.

From one black cat owner to another, excellent work!

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2013 11:39:34 PM »

Awww. And what a fabulous kitty you have! Very neat project. I have a black one...male... about just like that. Same golden eyes. I love your kitty tree. And I bet kitty loves it, too! Mine don't like those. They are not even using their scrachy posts, these days. I have even tried catnip, but they just look at me like I am crazy, and walk away.

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