Wednesday Upholstery – The Saga of the Tower

Life’s been a bit weird around here the last few days, so I haven’t had much time in the shop.  Had to take one of our kitties in for an unexpected surgery yesterday and the whole household of cats and people are just plain stressed out by the events.  I’ll have more about that in my Sunday post.  I did get a few hours over the weekend but rather than wood, I did a little upholstery work on the kitty tower:

Most of the carpet is on.  Just a couple of legs to figure out.

Most of the carpet is on. Just a couple of legs to figure out.

The only things left are a couple of legs.  You’ll note that there are two different carpets here.  Turns out that I seriously underestimated the amount of carpet I’d need so I had to buy another piece for that nice two-tone effect.  I also bought more rope to do another leg.  Here again I decided to be different and bought a thicker rope.

I didn’t mean to buy thicker rope.  I simply forgot what size I had bought before, but I think the end result is, umm… artistic.  Yup, that’s the word artistic.

Here’s inside of one of the bed trays:

Where the kitty gets to sleep.

Where the kitty gets to sleep.

Just need to cover the remaining legs.

It’s been a time-consuming project, but I’ve learned a lot about making cat towers.

No, I am not going to start making them to sell at craft fairs or Esty or Ebay.  No, just, no.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop.
Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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18 Responses to Wednesday Upholstery – The Saga of the Tower

  1. My cat informs me that if he had a tower similar to the quality of the one Andrew built for his felines he would desist from clawing the couch, and rugs instead of his own sad excuse of a scratching post. You have set the bar high Andrew!

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  2. artseafartsea says:

    I just bought a cat tower and spent quite a bit for it. But it’s a piece of crap compared to yours and the cats refuse to use it! Can’t blame them I guess. Yours looks so comfy. 🙂

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    • Andrew says:

      The trick is to think like a cat while you’re building one. I was at the pet store last weekend and saw one tower that cost about $135. The cat part of my brain didn’t want anything to do with it.

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  3. An amazing gift for your cats. I look forward to a picture of them using it.

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  4. jfwknifton says:

    You are such an accomplished craftsman. I wish I could make things as good as that!

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    • Andrew says:

      Thanks, I get by. Years ago I rented a room and my garage to a man who was an expert upholster. I spent a few Saturdays out there with him and learned some of the very basics of the craft – well enough to tack a few bits of carpet down and make it look like I know what I am doing. 😉

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  5. GP Cox says:

    Pets are family members, anything wrong will cause stress. But, your tower will be a get well present they’ll love you for! Great work [as usual] Andrew.

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  6. Very nice. 🙂

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  7. davidprosser says:

    Excellent job Andrew.
    Hugs

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