Make your cat the perfect climber
02 Aug 2018
This easy-to-make cat tree will be your cat’s new favourite hide out – and by using contemporary Resene colours to paint it, the tree will look good in your home as well.
You will need:
- One sheet of 16mm-thick mdf cut into:
3 at 450mm x 300mm for the fronts.
6 at 418mm x 284mm for tops and bottoms.
6 at 300mm x 284mm for the ends.
The finished box size is 450mm x 300mm x 300mm. None of the boxes have backs.
- 500ml Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat.
- 3 testpots of your chosen colours – we used Resene Half Gravel, Resene Atmosphere and Resene Black Haze.
- Paint brush, skill saw, jig saw, screwdriver and 30mm screws, sandpaper, filler and small broad knife, 4 L-brackets and screws.
Step one: Cut out the pieces for the box or have your supplier cut them for you. Assemble the boxes using 30mm screws.
Step two: Cut out 220mm squares for the entry and exit holes using a jig saw. Ours are set into the corner, 40mm from the edges. Lightly sand the edges of the holes.
Step three: Fill all of the screw holes, then undercoat the boxes using Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat.
Step four: Apply topcoats using Resene colours of your choice.
To finish: Using the L-brackets, fix the bottom box onto the wall. Screw the middle box to the bottom one, setting it about 150mm off the wall, then measure and fix the L-brackets to the wall for the top box.
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