It all started a few weeks ago when I thought that it might be a nice little project--you know something that the kitties (not to be confused with kiddies) would enjoy. My mom was supportive. She offered up something like, "well, sure we can!" I did some research and decided that this project was the winner. I'm really happy with the finished results, but this pattern was very confusing and it definitely made you work for your cat tower.
Step 1: Get supplies. Nick and I ventured up to Tacoma on Friday night to Lowes hardware store. A nice young man named Garrett helped cut all the wood we needed. I hadn't been to Lowes in quite some time. It was very overwhelming--it's a big store and I didn't know what lag screws were.
|$95 later...don't judge.|
Step 2: Drive back to Tacoma the next morning and spend a lot of time figure out how to begin. Eventually you realize that you need to screw the posts together and drill some holes into your base board. There's some recess bits involved and some washers, screws, drills, and screwdrivers. I also used some wood glue.
|One completed stand.|
|Completed perch posts.|
Step 3: Carpet your base. I chose a nice indoor/outdoor blend that I think the cats will fancy just fine. This is really a two-person-job. One person needs to pull the carpet tight and then the other person uses the staple gun to secure the carpet.
|That would be the carpeted base (2x2).|
Step 4: You have to cut out the bottom screw holes that you would have made earlier. These have to be accessible to attach your perch posts. After you drill the holes, you use a recess drill bit (3/4 inches) so that the tops of the screw don't scratch your floor.
|Cut out the holes you drilled using that there blue/black carpet cutter.|
Step 5: There's a shelf in the pattern as well. It suggests clamping it in place first, making sure it's level, and then securing it with wood screws.
Step 6: Cut the tops to the perches. The perches are compressed cardboard forms used in the creation of cement pipes. It comes in one length at Lowes. I think it was around $8. You need to cut it down to 22 inches. I used a circular saw. You want to cut the tube into thirds.
Step 7: After your perch tops are cut, you need to cover them in the indoor/outdoor carpeting. I found that a spray adhesive works best--mine came from the craft store. Measure the length you'll need to cover top and bottom, mark the carpet, and cut it. Then you'll spray both the perch and the carpet with the adhesive. Then you'll use your staple gun and make sure everything is extra secure.
Step 8: After all the perches are covered, I decided to add some trim to the edges to help keep the carpet from fraying. I used thick ribbon from the craft store and hot glued it in place.
Step 9: Secure the perches to the stand using two screws on each side. Now it's time to introduce the cat castle to the cats!
Word to the wise...buy one in the store. There's a reason they're so expensive; they're a lot of work.