From the Workshop – Kitty Outhouse

It’s unseasonably warm here. Today it’s expected to all the way up to 63 and the last few days have been in the 50’s. That’s just about warm enough for me to get into the big tool shop and run the table saw. I can heat the space, but since it’s a garage that’s not the easiest thing to do so generally I just wait for warm days to work. I’ve finished most of the scroll saw projects I was working on and am switching to my backlog of bigger projects. The first one pictured here is based on the little sketch I posted a few weeks ago.

Well it is a kitty outhouse. We have a catio for the cats which included a gravel/dirt area which the cats found to be a nice toilet. We didn’t want that so our solution is put down paving stones and an outdoor littler box. To protect the littler box from sun and snow, I built this:

The frame
The door.
And the completed house complete with welcome mat.

The whole project is made from scrap materials I had around the shop. The frame is some old 2x4s ripped into 1x2s, the siding is cedar boards from an old fence and the roof from a cat enclosure that didn’t work out. The only new thing used were the screws I used. So far the kitties are using it.

Next project is a boring picture:

3×4 foot melamine sheet. The roll is the edge banding I need to put on.

This will be the top for Heather’s new quilting cutting table. She’s getting a new cutting table so I can get her old one. I currently don’t have a cutting table in my sewing area and sharing one is difficult when we each have projects going. I was going to make a new one for me, but her’s has always been too tall for her, while her’s is the right height for me, so we’ll move her’s into my room and I’m making her a new one at height for her.

The next big project will be a new bookcase for my office, a printer stand and a new sewing table for me. That’s it for this week. If you need me, I’ll be in the shop.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. 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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28 Responses to From the Workshop – Kitty Outhouse

  1. Dave says:

    The sloping roof alone makes yours just about the nicest litter box enclosure I’ve ever seen. And the game where you and your wife trade similar items? We play it regularly around here, especially when I’m not keeping an eye on something my wife would rather have.

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    • The kitties like it and my wife and I have enough similar interests that we’re often trading or sharing. Or as often happens, getting two because of our size differences.


  2. Very nice, but there were NO pictures of cats in this post! I feel cheated.


  3. mitchteemley says:

    Love it! Complete with Sears and Roebuck catalogues?

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  4. Lots of nice projects, Andrew. It is nice to see you working in that beautiful shop. the kitty outhouse is a great idea. I am sure it will get lots of use. Have a great weekend ahead. I hope you have lots of time to play.

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  5. Debra says:

    What a clever and efficient solution! And I am envious of Heather’s quilting table! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Baydreamer says:

    Your cats will love that!

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  7. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    The house is beautiful , it does not look like it is made from scrap materials. I enjoy seeing your projects.

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  8. jfwknifton says:

    Your house for the cats would have taken me at least a couple of weeks to build. It’s a really neat and thoughtful structure.

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  9. Wow, lots of projects! I’m sure the kitties appreciate their new facilities. Enjoy the warm (read ‘woodworking’) weather! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Holy mackerel, what a great idea! I like the sounds of your other projects as well!

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  11. You are a cat’s dream landlord.

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  12. pIEdTyPe says:

    My cat informs me that he must have this, along with the catio.

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