Question by Batty: How hard would it be to make this cat perch myself?
My cat is evil and likes to climb on stuff. I can’t get him a tall scratching post because I don’t have any floor space, so I thought about making a cat perch that mounts on the wall. I looked online, and lo and behold, someone is selling the exact same design I was thinking. How hard would it be for someone who has no carpentry experience to create this: http://www.wallcats.com/picture_library/cat16.gif
And how would I go about doing it?
Answer by Casey
Easy. Way easy. Even if you’re starting from scratch.
I’d try to get at least one screw into a stud if possible, though two would be better, as that will be the most durable. And if you can get to a corner, that would be great, too, because that also lends support.
If you’re building it yourself, just screw a small “L” bracket with 2″ or 2 1/2″ legs into your shelf where you know they’ll be center on a stud or two. You can use bigger brackets if appearance is less of an issue or the cat has a weight problem. A couple of 1 5/8″ drywall screws (they’re pointier than regular wood screws and go in with less force) into the stud and the screws that come with the brackets into the shelf. If you need a drywall anchor, I like Zip Anchors because they’re easy and hold up to 50 pounds.
The only tool you’ll need is a #2 (medium) phillips screwdriver.
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