Catwalk with Storage

Catwalk with Storage

Create four wall storage boxes that double as a climbing wall for your pet cat.


5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:
(2) 1" × 8" × 20" Pieces of lumber
(2) 1" × 8" × 16" Pieces of lumber
(4) 1" × 4" × 16" Pieces of lumber
(8) 1" × 4" × 8½" Pieces of lumber
(4) 4" × 16" Pieces of recycled carpet
(8) 6" × 6" L-brackets
18-gauge nail gun with 1½" brad nails
Wood glue
Acrylic paint/primer in color of your choice
Paintbrush
Paint tray
Roll of woven plastic mesh
Roll of self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape
Staple gun with staples
3' clamp
(2) 12" clamp
6" Speed square
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Wood-backed stiff-bristle hand brush
(16) ¾" Wood screws
(16) 2" Wood screws plus (16) self-tapping drywall screws if needed (See step 16)
12" Level
Drill with a Phillips head bit
Safety glasses

Steps:

Note: There will be four boxes total made in two variations. Box Variation 1 has a 1" × 8" × 16" base, the same width as the top of the box. Box Variation 2 has a 1" × 8" × 20" base, which is wider than the top of the box.

1. Paint all pieces of lumber the color of your choice and allow to dry for two hours or until dry to the touch before moving on to the next step

Building Box Variation 1

Note: For Box Variation 1 you will need one 1" × 8" × 16" piece of lumber, one 1" × 4" × 16" piece of lumber and two 1" × 4" × 8½" pieces of lumber.

2. Place the 1" × 4" × 16" piece of lumber and two 1" × 4" × 8½" pieces of lumber in a three-sided frame with the shorter piece placed on the inside edge of the longer piece. Apply wood glue on the ends of both pieces of 1" × 4" × 8½" lumber, and press them back in place. Use a speed square to insure you have a 90-degree angle

3. Turn the frame on its end while the glue is still wet. Hold in place with a 3' clamp on the edge of the work surface

4. Put on safety glasses. Secure the end checked for the 90-degree angle to the 1" × 4" × 16" piece of lumber using a nail gun with four 1½" brad nails down the edge

5. Once one side is secured with brad nails, check the unsecured side with a speed square to ensure it has a 90-degree angle. Secure the 1" × 4" × 16" piece of lumber using a nail gun with four 1½" brad nails down the edge

6. Apply wood glue on the free ends of both pieces of 1" × 4" × 8½" lumber. Press the 1" × 8" × 16" piece of lumber onto the ends to make a box

7. Use a speed square to ensure there is a 90-degree angle, and then hold the pieces in place with a 3' clamp. Secure the 1" × 8" × 16" piece of lumber using a nail gun with four 1½" brad nails down the edge

8. Repeat step 7 to secure the other side of the box

Adding Decorative and Functional Elements

Note: Carpet, woven plastic mesh and a stiff-bristle brush will be added as stimulating accessories to make the catwalk storage boxes more appealing for cats to climb and scratch. Choose what best suits your situation.

9. To add the carpet on top of the box, cut a 15" strip of loop tape and press it down on the top. Secure in place using a staple gun and five or six staples spaced evenly along its length. Place a 15" strip of hook tape on top of the loop. Press the 4" × 16" piece of carpet onto the adhesive side of the hook

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10. Place the woven plastic mesh on top of a cutting mat and a 4" × 16" piece of lumber on top of the mesh. Carefully cut around the lumber to get a 4" × 16" piece of mesh. Secure the mesh to the bottom shelf of the box using a staple gun and staples

11. Apply wood glue to the wooden back of the bristle brush and press it onto one side of the box. Secure in place using a nail gun with 1½" brad nails

12. Repeat Steps 1 – 10 to build a second Variation 1 box

Building Box Variation 2

13. To make Box Variation 2, follow Steps 1 – 10. However, instead of using a 1" × 8" × 16" piece of lumber in step 6, use a wider 1" × 8" × 20" piece of lumber off center on the bottom of the box. This variation creates an additional side shelf for cats to use as a step. Also, cut the mesh from step 10 longer and in an L-shape to cover the side shelf

Hanging the Boxes on the Wall

Note: The boxes can be hung in any configuration or height that works best for your wall space.

14. Decide where you want the first box to hang, and hold it up to the wall with a 12" level placed on top. Once the level indicates you’re holding the box straight, use a pencil to lightly trace the bottom corners of the box onto the wall. Set the box down

15. Two L-brackets are used to support one box. Hold an L-bracket up to the wall so the bottom is flush with one bottom line from step 14. Hold a 12" level next to it to make sure it’s vertically straight. Mark the screw holes in the L-bracket with a pencil. Repeat on the opposite side for placement of the second L-bracket

Expert Tip: The side pencil lines indicating the box edges should be 16" apart. Double-check using a tape measure to ensure the distance is correct.

16. If the walls are made of drywall, use a screw gun with a Phillips head bit to insert four 2" self-tapping drywall screws into the wall where the L-bracket screw hole marks are located. If the drywall screw won’t go all the way into the wall, it means the drywall screw isn’t needed. If this is the case, skip this step and move on to step 17

17. Secure the two L-brackets to the wall with two 2" wood screws per L-bracket using a screw gun with a Phillips head bit

18. Once the L-brackets are secured, place the box on top so the back is flush with the wall. Use a 12" clamp on each side to temporarily attach the box to the L-brackets

19. Secure the box to the two L-brackets with two ¾" wood screws per L-bracket using a screw gun with a Phillips head bit

20. Repeat steps 14 – 19 to hang the additional three boxes

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