Cat Climber

My Cats LOVE to climb, up in my closet, on my entertainment center, the kitchen counter, everywhere that they can go. I had bought one of those little cat scrathing posts. They seem to like it, but it just didn’t seem big enough for them.
So I decided to fix that problem for them.
 I had some spare parts from making my bed frame. I decided to make it into a BIG cat scratching post. Does 6 feet tall qualify as big?

 I picked up some 10″ shelf brackets to help reinforce the differnet pieces. All said in done, I am going to have $30-$35 bucks wrapped up in this eyesore. Most of this will be for the sisal rope. I figure I am going to need 400 feet of rope to wrap the 16 feet of 2×6 that I am using for uprights.

 Of course AFTER I nailed on the first piece of rope do I think of wrapping the wire-staples in some of the twine that they tied the sisal rope with.

  I have it propped up against the wall for now, so it doesn’t fall over. I will eventually tack it to the wall when I find it’s final location. This is just to keep the cats from getting hurt if they ever hit it hard enough to tip it over. Brother here is already climbing up it. He is looking for more to climb. I think he will love the finished item.

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Using rope as a clamp for my shelving

 I have the assembly all glued up. Now to clamp it. Normally half a dozen pipe clamps would be in order, but I don’t own a single one. (gift idea, wink wink, nudge nudge)

 So for my latest rope trick, I am going to make some shelf clamps. A bowline, a truckers hitch, and tie the rope off. Simple, right?

 The second cross member gets cinched tight. I tied the rope to the top, tied a loop below the not. The rope goes down and under, and back to the loop. I feed the rope through the loop, and then pull down as hard as I can at the awkward angle and trying not to get any glue on me. When doing this, the loop in the rope acts like a pulley, and you can get the rope pulled tighter. I call it a truckers hitch because I have seen old truck drivers use it to tie down loads in their pickup trucks.

 I finished tying up each cross member as tight as I can make it. If you noticed, I tied 2 ropes in the same empty space, skipped a space, did 2 knots , skipped a space, did the last 2.

 I came back and tied the 2 ropes in a space together as tight as I could. This really cinched the tenon and mortise joints together.

 Here you can see my rope-work. Used up most of my rope doing this.

 I blocked each corner and laid the bookcase frame down on the ground. I then measured for square. It is an eight of an inch off. I think I can live with that.

 The top left corner was wanting to lift up off the ground. The frame isn’t laying flat. So I removed the block under that corner and weighted it down. I am hoping that when everything dries up, it will come back halfway between where it currently is, and where it wanted to be, making a nice, flat shelving support.

I spoke with my dad about my do it yourself book shelf tonight. I had decided that I am going to cut the rest of the cross members with the table saw, and wanted to ask the best way to do it. He recommended using painters caulk to fill in the gaps in my joint work so the finished, painted shelving looks really good.