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post #1 of 28
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Hi all! I recently went to the pet store, and a large three or four tiered "Kitty Stand" was marked at $275.00 !!! So my boyfriend and I decided to try to construct our own. Anyone else attempt this?? I'm sure there is.....I would like to see everyone's creations, because I'm sure there are many more elaborate than ours! Here are pics of the one we built with and without our babies. By the way...they absolutely LOVE this thing!!! They were trying to check it out as we were building it....LOL! The pics are the clickable thumbnails,too.
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post #2 of 28
I am thinking about it...
post #3 of 28
It looks great!! Well done you! The kitties look like they love it too!

I just bought a cat tree in the end as hubby is into hairgel more than he is into DIY.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by minxie
It looks great!! Well done you! The kitties look like they love it too!

I just bought a cat tree in the end as hubby is into hairgel more than he is into DIY.
LOL My brother in law is the same way..


I think you did a great job on it the cats seem to love it.
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by Peppy_Le_Mew
I love that photo You did a great job
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by missymotus
I love that photo You did a great job

Thanks!! I like how Peppy((stripes)) is trying to hang on and the black one((Bear)) is on top with his eyes looking like sparkling blue sapphires!! Squeakers...she is just hanging on the pole for dear life...lol...
post #7 of 28
Your cat tree is great. Hubby built this one for our cats a few months ago.Its not as imaginative as yours but my cats enjoy it.
post #8 of 28
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[ QUOTE=gardenandcats]Your cat tree is great. Hubby built this one for our cats a few months ago.Its not as imaginative as yours but my cats enjoy it.
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I love it!!!!!!Your siamese are gorgeous..used to have a seal point siamese...had her for 20 years!!!Thanks for posting a pic!!![
post #9 of 28
Both of you did great jobs! I hope to make one, one day.
post #10 of 28
Is there any website with DIY directions for something like a cat tree? I need "DIY directions for dummies" type directions. I'd love to build something like that for our two, but I am one of those types who can't even hammer anything without hitting my own fingers a few times. I suspect I'd have to wrangle my boyfriend into helping, as he is a little better at this kinda stuff. Where I live, bigger cat trees are well over $200, and most cat tree sites on Ebay won't ship to Hawaii--or if they do, the S&H is more than the cost of the tree! They look relatively simple to make...or am I just dreaming?
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos
Is there any website with DIY directions for something like a cat tree? I need "DIY directions for dummies" type directions. I'd love to build something like that for our two, but I am one of those types who can't even hammer anything without hitting my own fingers a few times. I suspect I'd have to wrangle my boyfriend into helping, as he is a little better at this kinda stuff. Where I live, bigger cat trees are well over $200, and most cat tree sites on Ebay won't ship to Hawaii--or if they do, the S&H is more than the cost of the tree! They look relatively simple to make...or am I just dreaming?
I am the same way LOL...
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos
Is there any website with DIY directions for something like a cat tree? I need "DIY directions for dummies" type directions. I'd love to build something like that for our two, but I am one of those types who can't even hammer anything without hitting my own fingers a few times. I suspect I'd have to wrangle my boyfriend into helping, as he is a little better at this kinda stuff. Where I live, bigger cat trees are well over $200, and most cat tree sites on Ebay won't ship to Hawaii--or if they do, the S&H is more than the cost of the tree! They look relatively simple to make...or am I just dreaming?
As a matter of fact, there IS a website with directions I had found before constructing ours, but they wanted you to actually PAY before they would send you any type of "blueprints" or plans or simple instructions even!! Let me check around again...maybe I can find a free site...we certainly didn't want to pay,either!!! My sweetie Mike, had brought home a large cardboard "tube" of sorts ((found around electrical supplies and such,apparently electrical supplies were shipped in this such tube)) and he brought home 5 flat "shelves"((one extra thick and sturdy we used for the "base" of the tree)) and a few two by fours we cut in length for the support, and a heavy duty glue gun I had used to glue our old carpet to. We didn't spend a dime, since he got all the materials from his job, like the nails and wood and such. I'll look for this website, and see if I can find another to help ya'll out!!!!
post #13 of 28
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Well, here is one website I had found for you...http://www.showcatsonline.com/x/building_a_cat_tree.htm WOW...kinda makes it look harder than it is...wish I would have seen this earlier!!!
post #14 of 28
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And here is one using an actual TREE!!!
http://www.smithindustries.com/How-To.html
post #15 of 28
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I had just pretty much went to the GOOGLE homepage and typed in How to build a cat tree and a lot of results were found...maybe someone else has seen a better website???
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Peppy_Le_Mew
I had just pretty much went to the GOOGLE homepage and typed in How to build a cat tree and a lot of results were found...maybe someone else has seen a better website???
here are several websites that might help - Rosehawke built her own, & it's like a work of art the others are places i looked before buying the one i have on eBay...much the easiest way, IMO!
pic of cat in Rosehawke's tree
Rosehawke's tree
tree from a ladder
building a cat tree
italian cat tree

multi-link site for cat trees

post #17 of 28
I've bought the sisal rope, got the plywood & posts for my cat tree, but that's as far as I've gotten. I wanted round posts, but didn't know what to buy. What did you use for the round post & the tunnel? Where did you get it?

Yours look awesome! Although, I don't think any of the cats like it..... I want mine to be able to have fun like that!!
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by laureen227
here are several websites that might help - Rosehawke built her own, & it's like a work of art the others are places i looked before buying the one i have on eBay...much the easiest way, IMO!
pic of cat in Rosehawke's tree
Rosehawke's tree
tree from a ladder
building a cat tree
italian cat tree

multi-link site for cat trees

That has got to be the most beautiful tree I have ever seen!!! And the round posts were cardboard on mine......my boyfriend brought home the cardboard tubing from work....electrical supplies and wires come shipped in them...so...maybe if you went to your local hardware store, like Lowe's or Home Depot????? Not sure....Unless you have a boyfriend, husband, or friend that is in Electronics Engineering Technology...I really don't know where else to get the tubes....I guess you could use PVC piping....????
post #19 of 28
Looks great And cats seem to really enjoy it.
post #20 of 28
Wow, thanks for all the links guys!

post #21 of 28
wow!
Rosehawk has a beautiful cat tree!
I so have to build one of those when i get my own house!
post #22 of 28
I attempted to make one. So did my boyfriend and his friend. Let me just tell you that the materials ended up in the burn pile!! LOL
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by fwan
wow!
Rosehawk has a beautiful cat tree!
I so have to build one of those when i get my own house!
isn't it unbelievable? i like how she posted pix during construction, so we could see how she did it
post #24 of 28
my partner started making one last night for pisces, he's put the basic wood frame together. we just need to get some bendy MDF for tunels, some sisal, preferably fabric but rope if thats the only option, and some fluffy carpety stuff for snuggling. i think the only bit thats going to be a problem is covering the inside bit of the den as i'm not sure wether to build the den, cover the inside & out then attatch it to the platform or attatch it piece by piece to the platform covering each piece as i go along. i'm sure we'll work it out as we go along & i'll take pictures of each stage & post them so you can see how we did it.
post #25 of 28
I actually had a thread with a quick video showing our home made cat tree. The video is here:

http://www.satoauto.com/video/Cat%20Tree_512.wmv
post #26 of 28
ooooohhhhh....iwant one i want one!!!!!! mmmm think ill have to buy one though,hubbys not happy about D.I.Y anyone in the uk know where i can get a good one???????
post #27 of 28
I started building my own cat tree. I'm more than halfway done with it, but the hardest part (the crow's nest) is yet to come. Here is a link to when I first posted about the one I'm building. There is a picture of the one that I am modeling mine after in this original thread.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90041

I am taking pictures as I go, so I will post them when it is complete.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Peppy_Le_Mew View Post
Hi all! I recently went to the pet store, and a large three or four tiered "Kitty Stand" was marked at $275.00 !!! So my boyfriend and I decided to try to construct our own. Anyone else attempt this?? I'm sure there is.....I would like to see everyone's creations, because I'm sure there are many more elaborate than ours! Here are pics of the one we built with and without our babies. By the way...they absolutely LOVE this thing!!! They were trying to check it out as we were building it....LOL! The pics are the clickable thumbnails,too.
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You Guy's have done a wonderful job, and you kitte's just love it ,You have a winner
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