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make this cube style cat tree

From Habitat magazine - issue 28

Your cat will love this easy-to make contemporary cat tree.

Make this cube style cat tree - your cat will love it.

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 choice of 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

Step 1: Cut out the pieces for the box or have your supplier cut them for you. Assemble the boxes using 30mm screws.

Step two

Step 2: 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

Step 3: Fill all of the screw holes, then undercoat the boxes using Resene Quick Dry primer undercoat.

Step four

Step 4: 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.

Building: Andy Fraser
Pictures: Bryce Carleton
Model: Otis the cat


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