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#1 of 6 Old 12-18-2006, 06:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Who's done it? What plans did you use? Would you do it again or just fork over the money for one?
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We've built one, looking back we should have just spent the money on the 100 dollar one at Costco. The work/return wasn't worth it, at least for us.

This is what we did, bought at 8 foot 4by4 or maybe it was a 6 by 6 either way.....

We then got a few L brackets and attached it to a large board for the base. We also used some sort of pressure screw thing so that it would be secure from the floor to the celling.

We took some scrap would and covered them with fabric and padding, knoched out slots for the ledges and then covered the whole pole in sisal rope.

The only thing that cost any real money was the rope. It was still cheaper than store bought but, well it doesn't look pretty, and the cat don't use it.

We made it before kids, it was actually way more time consuming than we thought it would be.

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my folks built us a 6 ft cat tower. It has three levels and a tall scratching post. They used giant cardboard tubes from the middle of wire spools (they do construction). the base is a sheet of plywood, and it's covered with carpet scraps. the post is wrapped with sisal. they didn't use plans, dad just drew something up and built it. Dad said the hardest part was wrapping the post with sisal. They'd totally do it again! The whole thing cost about 10 bucks to build because they had all the stuff laying around.
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Hm. I'm thinking that, despite my overwhelming frugality, during a major move around the holidays maybe I'm better off just buying the thing.

Anyone else care to weigh in?
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We built our own and I think it's awesome! It's about 2.5 years old now and parts of it didn't survive the kittens getting heavier or adding a third cat, but the main parts are still there (and the kitties love it!).

we used some left over plywood we had and bought landscaping timber (something like 1.99 for 8 feet at the home despot). The most expensive part was the carpet to cover the base and the top "sitting areas". But I know that we should be able to find carpet scraps for cheaper somewhere.

I did like that we could customize the color and give them a huge long pole of sisal rope to scratch on.

It's def. not as sturdy as the ones at the pet store, but we did buy one from costco, and while the bottom part of that one is super strong, they ripped off the top towers that screw in and we can't do anything to get them to stay. (it was really designed to withstand the force of young kittens, not crazy full grown cats!)

I would def. say, if you build it, remember that big grown up cats will be tearing up and down it. We didn't really think about that and that's why we lost some parts of it.

If you like DIY stuff and can find the materials cheap enough, I say go for it!

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We used to have a cat tree a while back (had to throw it out...DH tried cleaning it, the wood underneath got soaked and moldy so we had to chuck it). I bought it at a cat show...I thought it was reasonably priced, had four levels and was pretty high (6 feet or so) for $60.

You can always check out ebay as well, I've seen some really good deals on there. I'm scared off from cat trees now as I have toddlers LOL.

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