cat house DIY plans

How to Make Your Own Cat House With Our Cat House DIY Plan

Doing woodwork for the first time can be a challenge. In such cases, what is more, welcome than a step-by-step guide as to how to build or construct new items easily and within very little time? Let’s take a look at our latest project – cat house plans.An outdoor cat house, also called a Cattery [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattery], comes in handy during bad weather. It could even be shifted indoors, if you wish. A DIY cat-house is convenient since you can adjust it to your cat’s size and build.

If you already have some experience with woodworking or at least the proper woodworking plan, a step-by-step guidelines for the job, you can even finish it in a few hours. This could be a handy easy woodworking project.

Materials You Will Need

To start with the job at hand, we first list down all the materials required.

Plates

  • Two timber pieces of 2’x2’ size—24.”
  • Three pieces of lumber—21.”
  • A piece of ¾ plywood—4”x24.”

Walls

  • Eight project timber pieces of size 2’x2’—11.”
  • Four pieces of timber—24” in length
  • Four pieces of timber—21” in length

Exterior walls

  • 30 sq. ft. of ¼” plywood

Rafters

  • Six lumber pieces of 2’x2’ size—20.”
  • One piece of 2×2 lumber—24.”
  • Roofing sheets
  • 1 plywood piece ( ¾ )—22 ¼” x 24 ½”
  • A plywood piece—21 ½”x 24 ½.”

Roofing

  • Roofing felt—about ten square feet
  • Asphalt shingles—about ten square feet

Other

  • Nine lumber pieces of 2’x2’ size—6.’
  • One plywood piece of ¾“ size—4’x4.’
  • One plywood piece of ½” size—4’x8.’
  • Tar paper of about ten square feet and shingles
  • 200 screw pieces of 2 ½” size
  • 200 screw pieces of 1 5/8” in size
  • Paint (your choice)

To build a lasting and durable cat house as a beginner’s woodwork [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodworking] project, it is sensible to construct the floor with 2×2 lumber. It is a safe size for a cat. If you require, you may even adjust the sizes of plywood according to your needs.

  1. Attach a piece of ¾” plywood to the frame and then secure it in place with 1 5/8” screws.
  2. Continue attaching all the other walls to the frame of the floor with 1 5/8” screws. The walls should be attached to the floor when it is laid properly on a horizontal surface. This ensures maximum support is available to the house from the walls
  3. The next step is to plumb the walls by aligning them into place and driving in 2 ½” screws through the bottom plates on the floor. After this, you need to secure the adjacent walls tightly, by driving in more 2 ½” screws.
  4. The sidewalls have to be constructed out of ¼” to ¾” plywood. To make the perfect cuts, you could use chalk marks or a marker pen. These markings help you mark out where to cut well, and are also handy for a beginner at woodwork.
  5. Be careful while using the circular saw for cutting. Do not tear the edges. Tearing the edges would just mean that you have to waste more time redoing all the work you have done.
  6. Join the peripheral walls to the mounts; bring then into line at both ends and drive in 1 ½’ screws into the studs at a distance of every 6”. Always make sure that you have secured the nails properly, or your pet may injure itself.
  7. For the wall with the door opening, it is easier to drill a hole and then later shape it as you desire, with a saw. You could also saw in the door first and then attach the wall to the house if that appears more convenient to you.
  8. Next, build rafters that are 20” long and three ¾” broad. The notches should be made on the rafter at 15 ½” length. Each notch should be 2” in length. The notches have to be made keeping in mind that the walls are being cut out of ½” plywood.
  9. After this, drill pilot holes into the frame of the cat house floor and roof and secure the rafters with 2 ½” screws, again at a distance of 6” each.
  10. Next, cover these rafters with ¾” plywood. You can do that by cutting sheets into the right sizes. Next, attach the newly cut sheets after aligning them properly at both the ends of the cat house.
  11. Fit in the ridge board after making sure that it’s perfectly level. Drive in 2 ½” wood screws into the common rafters next, at every 6” of the frame.
  12. To be more professional, you could make the sheets overhang 2” on both fronts, as well as, back ends and then sand and smoothed down the sides with 120 grit sandpaper. This would give a more polished, as well as a more finished look to the wood.
  13. Roofing sheets have to be covered next with tar paper, starting from the absolute lower end. The strips used for roofing should overlap at least about 2”, or else the roof won’t be waterproof. You could install a 12” wide strip over the ridge. This will help you protect your pet’s shelter during bad weather.

For further assistance, check the internet for a complete tutorial on building a cat house using woodwork.

Finishing Touches

To be able to complete your masterpiece, it is necessary to put all the finishing touches to the cat house. Fill in all the imperfections with wood filler and let the cat house dry out completely.

Sand the entire surface with sandpaper. You should also vacuum the debris thoroughly to ensure a clean and hygienic environment inside the cat-house.

To protect your pet from bad weather and windy nights, make sure that you put on a few extra coats of paint over the cat house.

Last but not least, ensure that all of the screws have been inserted properly and that none are sticking out. It wouldn’t do your pet any good to have harmful screws sticking out of its new home.

This is how you could construct an outdoor cat-house for your pet for a very little amount, just investing a little of your time to it. It is an easy project for a beginner, and this may even interest you to try some other woodwork plans. What’s best is now that you understand the basics, you may even be able to put your own ideas into the work and make adjustments to the plan.