I used to be simply sitting in the lounge final week, having fun with my morning espresso and the quiet ready for my teenagers to get up and are available downstairs when swiftly I heard that each one too frequent sound of the CAT SCRATCHING THE FURNITURE which completely triggered me. My peace disrupted by the household cat, I made a decision I couldn’t take it anymore.
I used to be bored with yelling “Stop Coco Stop!” and determined that day I used to be going to construct a cat scratcher earlier than sunset. So I drove to Lowe’s and purchase no matter provides have been crucial to avoid wasting the furnishings! Save the chairs!
File this pure wooden and sisal rope cat scratcher underneath the “not so pretty but necessary” DIY initiatives in my portfolio of labor. 🙂
Aaaaaannddd mission completed. 🙂
I just like the pure wooden and sisal rope mixture and in addition the essential geometric form. It’s not the cutest factor on show however I’d moderately save the furnishings so it’s a sensible compromise. 🙂
Thankfully the household cat acquired the message so she’s been stretching herself and scratching it ever since. She truly prefers it now as an alternative of the furnishings which was the objective.
Supplies to recreate: 6 ft of birch wooden 12” huge; ¾ x 1” strip of wooden 12” lengthy; 200 toes of sisal rope; heavy obligation stapler, energy drill; 1 ¼” screws; sanding wedge; compound miter noticed; felt flooring protectors (non-compulsory).
I’m going to take you again to fundamental geometry with these angles, they’re easy. 90°, 68° and 22°. Mitering the underside piece is a little bit simpler since you possibly can set the noticed at 22° to get a 68° reduce. Mitering the highest piece is trickier however I’m lazy and simply didn’t do it.
First, reduce the underside base. This piece of wooden is 11¼” huge in order that’s the size it was reduce to kind an ideal sq..
With the smaller strip of ¾ x 1” wooden, reduce 4 little toes, sand any tough edges, and fasten them with 1¼” wooden screws to the bottom.
You may need to connect 4 of these adhesive felt flooring protectors (not proven), the sort that shield from scratches.
Next connect the again to the bottom, then connect the angled piece to the highest of the again piece and the underside of the bottom with wooden screws.
This is the way it seems when it’s all screwed collectively. The backside angle is completely mitered to the bottom, however the high shouldn’t be as a result of like I stated earlier than, I used to be lazy.
Notice how I used a special piece of wooden on the again. That’s as a result of initially I didn’t purchase sufficient at Lowes and didn’t need to drive all the best way again, so I raided my scrap pile of plywood and fortunately had a 10” huge piece. If you’re recreating this challenge and need all of the wooden to be the identical width, merely get a 72” board and also you’ll have sufficient.
The ultimate step is to safe the sisal rope tightly with a heavy obligation stapler.
Wrap the rope across the entrance angled piece tightly, securing the rope roughly each 5 rotations or so.
That’s it! Prop up the brand new scratcher and introduce it to your cat. I’ve learn that sprinkling a little bit cat nip on a brand new scratcher helps to draw a cat however ours didn’t want it and he or she loves it for a full stretch too.
Better she assaults this than my blue chairs. 🙂