I am finally willing to admit that I’m a cat lady, but I’d like to think that I’m more "classy " than “crazy”. I saw a somewhat tasteful cat scratcher online for 80 bucks, and I thought: “80 bucks?! I could make that!” Fast-forward (or more like slow-forward) a week and 65 layers of cardboard later, the neverending project was finished. It’s just over 3 feet wide, a foot tall, and a foot deep. (Cats pictured for scale).
The 2 outer layers are each comprised of 4 interlocking pieces of MDF. There are 65 layers of cardboard sandwiched in the middle. It is all held tightly together with eight 12-inch bolts. (I still need to trim the excess bolts on the back side). The idea is that I can unscrew the nuts and replace the layers as they get shredded, although I don’t know how interested I am in taking it apart and going through all of that again.
One of the biggest challenges was breaking the form down into interlocking pieces that would fit into the Glowforge bed, while maintaining structural integrity with the finished product. I staggered the location of the joints from layer to layer to eliminate the potential of weak spots so my 15 pound orange tabby “Jones” could sit on it without crashing through. Although that would be a great YouTube video, I might cry to see all my hard work ruined.
Final thoughts: 80 bucks is a total bargain!