Custom Cat Tower

Your cat will love to jump on and perch atop this DIY climbing tower.

Custom Cat Tower

Your cat will love to jump on and perch atop this DIY climbing tower.

Difficulty: Difficult

Materials
(4) 20" × 20" plywood pieces
(4) 20" × 26" plywood pieces
2" × 6" × 6' wooden post
Carpet squares
Hot glue gun
Adhesive spray
Staple gun
Permanent marker
1" screws
Craft knife
Drill
Scissors
Angle
Rope
L-brackets
Washers
Protective eyewear
Pencil
Tape measure
Nail gun and nails

Steps
  1. Connect two 20" × 20" plywood pieces to each 20" edge of a 20" × 26" plywood piece, creating a C-shape



  2. Use a nail gun to secure the three plywood pieces together



  3. Turn the C-shaped shelf on its legs and drill three to four evenly spaced 1" screws into the top edges to further secure the shelf



  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to create a second C-shaped shelf

  5. Turn the C-shaped shelf on its side and place a carpet square on top



  6. Remove the carpet piece. Apply hot glue around the perimeter of the wood where the carpet will be adhered



  7. Lay the carpet piece on top of the glued wood piece



  8. Staple each corner of the carpet to the wood



  9. Turn over the C-shaped shelf, and use a craft knife to carefully cut off the excess carpet



  10. Repeat steps 5 through 9 to add carpet squares to the top part of the C-shaped shelf



  11. Repeat steps 5 through 10 for the second C-shaped shelf

  12. Once both C-shaped shelves are carpeted, set them across from and in between each other on a flat surface, with all carpet facing in the same direction



  13. Lay a rectangular 2" × 6" × 6' wooden post evenly across the two C-shaped shelves



  14. Measure 18" from the bottom edge of the wooden post. Use an angle to make a perpendicular line to determine where the first shelf edge will sit



  15. From the first perpendicular line, mark where the second shelf edge will sit



  16. Mark where the third shelf edge will sit

  17. Place an L-bracket at all three lines



  18. Drill a 1" screw into each L-bracket to secure them in place



  19. Flip over the 6' post, and connect the L-brackets to the undersides of the corresponding C-shaped shelves



  20. Starting from the middle, tightly wrap rope around the post, securing it in place with hot glue



  21. After wrapping the rope four to five times around the post and attaching with hot glue, staple the rope on the underside of the post for extra security



  22. Continue to wrap, glue and staple the rope until the 6' post is completely covered