Cat Climbing Structure

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1 Introduction

Our family includes a couple house cats.  We also foster kittens for a local shelter to get them socialized prior to adoption.   So it's not uncomm...

2 The Feet (or Paws?)

I think one of the most eye-catching details of the Albini bookcase are the tapered blocks that form the feet and mounting points for the 4 vertica...

3 Jig for Evenly Spaced Holes

Each upright has four slats, with each having a set of evenly-spaced holes along their entire length.  Each hole has a counterbore, some on outer f...

4 Vertical Slats

The term "slats" doesn't seem quite right.  Standards?  Pillars? Our Thanksgiving was shifted to Friday this year, so before all our guest arrived...

5 Foot-work

Each side of the feet has a dado to accept a spacer that ultimately helps keep the struts equally spaced and parallel with each other.  I want the ...

6 Boring Counterboring

Each hole in the 8 struts receives a counterbore for the head of a connector bolt/nut.  Some counterbores are on the outside face, which are where ...

7 Strut Edge Detail

The strut edges receive a thumbnail detail on each long edge.  I used a 3/8" radius roundover bit in the router table and adjusted the bit height u...

8 Cat Trays

I'm still working on ideas for the climbing components, but since this is a Christmas present for my wife and daughter, I need to have something to...

9 Completing the Uprights

With the sanding out of the way and the threaded couplers epoxied into the feet, the only thing left for the upright components was to apply some f...

10 Climbing/Nesting Modules

For the shapes of the climbing modules, I took inspiration from the simple circle-triangle-square shapes that were repeated throughout the 2021 Net...