The latest version of cat scratching posts are up for sale on the Handsome Etsy site. There is a floor-to-wall version that includes hardwood floor-like decks, and a wall-mounted version that also acts as a perch for kitty. Both feature a full size sisal wrapped column. These scratching posts are made from reclaimed wood shipping pallets from a local Human Society shelter.
I installed the latest design of the wall mounted scratching post today, and I’m quite happy with it (so are the kitties!). This version is made of birch plywood, which I have stained with a dark Danish oil (it looks great as plain unfinished birch or you can stain it in any color that you like). I am toying around with multiple sections of sisal or manila, which allows easy replacement of just one section instead of having to re-wrap the entire post….and I will probably add a small section of Floor tile to the top of the post to help protect if from claw scratches.
The latest version of the scratching post - both a wall mounted version and a free standing floor version, should be ready to install in our apartment for testing within the next day or so. I finished up all the wood work today in the shop, and coated them in a layer of dark walnut danish oil. Tomorrow I will add the manila (instead of sisal), then bring them up for the kitties to try out.
For my first project these have certainly turned out to be a labor of love, and quite the learning curve. I guess it’s good in a way that I started with something relatively complicated! I am certainly learning a lot already, taking notes to streamline the process for the future.
I recently came up with another version of the cube tree prototype that I have been toying with - this one included all 3/4” birch ply, the addition of yellow and orange accent panels, an extended base for stability, and the addition of Floor carpet tiles onto the top of three different cubes.
I like where the look of this new version is going, but I am still unhappy with some of the structural issues. This is definitely a case of form fighting function.
I actually have a another idea for a tree that I want to try out, so for now this version will go onto the side burner (as opposed to the back burner). I’ll keep toying and tinkering with this one…but I think it still has a way to go. My other tree idea will combine elements of this cube tower, plus features that I liked about a very early version of a cat tree that I constructed this summer, which allowed for a sort of spiraling staircase for the cats to use in navigating up and down the structure. In fact, that early tree prototype was the very first thing that I worked on in my shop!