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Construct a Carpet-covered Cat Tree with a Scratching Post and Tower

Construct a cat tree with a scratching post and cat tower that doubles as a sleeping and play area. Add a wide stable base made of two panels of 3/4-inch plywood. The tower is two-stories tall and has openings on all side. Cover the plywood surfaces with durable carpet and finish with four sisal-covered posts for climbing and scratching.

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cat tree plan
Step 1

Draw the Plan and Dimensions for Your Cat Scratching Post

Plan the size and layout of this cat furniture on paper to confirm the dimensions and materials. This one uses plywood for the base and tower, both covered in carpet, and PVC pipes covered in sisal rope.

making a plywood base
Step 2

Make a Wide Stable Base to Prevent Tipping

Use two 3/4-inch plywood panels for the base, glued together with carpenter's glue. Drill countersunk shank holes and drive in screws to secure the panels and wooden strips as a lip around the perimeter.

marking holes on side and top panels
Step 3

Cut Holes for the Sides and Top of the Tower

Position and cut two 6-inch holes on each plywood side panel and one on the top panel for the hollow 2-story tower. Mark the holes with a compass, drill to start them, and finish cutting with a jigsaw.

assembling four side and top panels
Step 4

Assemble the Tower with Glue and a Pneumatic Nail Gun

Assemble the four side panels and the top with glue and nails, using a pneumatic nail gun. Insert the dividing panel for the floor between the two stories before attaching the last two sides.

covering base surfaces with carpet
Step 5

Cover All Visible Surfaces of the Base with Carpet

Cover the edges of the base with neat corners. Cut and staple a square of scrap carpet to fit the floor of your cat furniture. Staple it along the perimeter and in the center to hold it securely in place.

cutting carpet
Step 6

Cover the Tower with Carpet and Then Reopen the Holes

Cut and staple carpet panels to cover the cat tower. With a utility knife, cut the carpet over the holes into neat pie-shaped wedges from the center to the wooden edge. Apply glue, fold the wedges inside, and staple them.

attaching rope to PVC pipe
Step 7

Create a PVC Pipe Frame for the Cat Tree

Cut four pieces of PVC pipe to length and glue wooden dowels into one end of each with epoxy. Drive a screw through the PVC pipe, the end of a piece of sisal rope, and into the wooden dowel.

wrapping rope around PVC pipe
Step 8

Wrap the Sisal Rope around the Pipe and Tie It

Spin the PVC pipe with an electric drill and bit stuck in the wooden dowel while a helper guides the rope in tight wraps.

creating a pyramid-like shape with the PVC pipes
Step 9

Position the PVC and Join Them with Screws

Place the PVC pipes in the four corners of the tray and bring them to a single point above the tower in a pyramid-like shape. Drive screws through the pipe and into the wooden dowels inserted earlier.

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