I made the mistake of buying a cat scratching post that was too small for my cat to use comfortably... So I gave it away (to someone with a kitten) and thought I'd make one for my cat, Dylan.
For materials, I used a pallet that I found in my recent "how to get wood for free" video. I'd use the stringers to make the post, and the slats to make the base. I dismantled and de-nailed the pallet using a crowbar.
In this video I make a simple panel cutting jig for my tablesaw the DW745 using salvaged materials.
In this video, my brother Alan visits my workshop bringing with him some scraps of sheet materials found in his shed - some pieces of various sizes of MDF, ply and chipboard.
Alan wanted a cat house for his two cats George & Jasper, and he already had an idea for the design he wanted, so we first did a quick drawing in SketchUp to figure out how to make best use of the materials that we had to create that design.
In this video I start by finishing off the arcs for the lid that I started making in the previous video. I cut one of them in half on the bandsaw to give me 2x thinner ones (for each end) and one wide one (for the middle of the lid).
I needed to cut a rebate joint in to one side of each end arc and both sides of the central arc. I did this by putting my trim router upside down in the vise to use as a makeshift router table - which worked well.
Then I glued and clamped the arcs in place.
In this video I start making a blanket box in the style of a treasure chest using a donated slab of sapele and some pieces of pine from my workshop.
I started by drawing up a 3D model of what I wanted to make in SketchUp.
Then I ripped the sapele in to 40mm thick strips, thickness planed them so that they were 40mm x 40mm, and then cut a 12mm x 12mm rebate joint along the full length of each piece on the tablesaw.
Last in a short series about re-modelling my small workshop space.
In this video I make a simple box out of some salvaged OSB to store wood. Simple butt joints, glued and screwed, and I added some castors to the bottom just because I had a spare set which will be useful if I ever need to move it around.