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Cat Climbers...Your overlord deserves a high perch to watch over his minions!

Are your cats the true rulers of your house? Do they spend time on top of the china cabinets, bookshelves and dressers longing to go higher so they can look down on the puny humans who co-exist in their house? Give them their lofty thrones. Let them perch high above you; you know that in their minds they already tower above all other being of creation. You can use multiple Cat Climbers to create a multi-level habitat for your feline overlords.

I must confess, the cats rule my house. Well, perhaps my daughters do, but the cats are a close second. When we noticed that our cats enjoyed walking on top of all the lofty furniture, we thought they should be able to take advantage of the ample wall space in the house. Thus was born the idea of the Cat Climbers.

The prototype Cat Climbers I made were out of aromatic cedar. I CNC cut some paw prints into them, put on a nice coat of lacquer, and secured them to the walls. Now our cats have the freedom to look down upon us and plot our demise. Or at least have a place to get away from young rugrats when they come to visit.

I'm offering climbers in sizes from 12" to 24" made from your choice of poplar (so you can finish or paint them to your preferences) or cedar which has a beautiful red color. I'll include mounting screws and drywall inserts so you can feel secure that your pets' weight won't be too much for the shelf to bear.

Once I meet the goal of $1,000, I'll start adding stretch goals and bonuses. At $2,500 I'll personalize all 18" and 24" climbers with your pet's name if you so desire. I'm open to other ideas for more stretch goals. Other woods can be available, maybe padding or carpet for cats who would like to make their beds on larger platforms, corner units, etc.

NEW VIDEO

I've had some questions about the CNC process. Below is a video of the CNC at work. I've sped the feed up a little so it doesn't take too long and I ran out of space on my camera at one point. The entire machining process takes about 15-20 minutes, and then there is a good bit of sanding, clean-up and painting to do. Hope you enjoy watching

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UPDATE

So, you don't have cats and wonder what you can use wall shelves for? Bookshelves! These are sturdy and if you choose the poplar shelves you can paint or stain them. Then put your fine books on the shelves without having to invest hundreds of dollar in a large piece of furniture.

 A curio display is another possibility. With shelves like this, you won't be limited to traditional pictures to decorate your walls. Open your wall space up to 3 dimensions.

 Help me get to my goal and I'll open up the wood selections to Oak and Cherry. 

CARPET UPGRADE NOW AVAILABLE

I've had a few questions sent to me about if they can have carpet on the shelves. Having carpet on the shelves will make the platform a little more comfy for your critter and may help encourage them to explore the new space. If you want to add on a layer of carpet to your shelf, add $5 per shelf that you want carpeted to your pledge amount. Thus, if you pledge for 1 shelf that you want carpeted, add an extra $5 to your pledge amount and I will carpet it. If you pledge for a 3 pack and want all 3 shelves carpeted, add $15 to your pledge amount. If you pledge for a 3 pack, but only want 2 of the shelves carpeted, add $10 to your pledge amount.

I be in contact with everyone after the project ends to make sure you are going to receive exactly what you want.

POPLAR AND OAK SHELVES

Today I made a demo version of a poplar shelf since I didn't have any pictures of them on the main page. Below is a basic 18" poplar shelf. There is no adornment (cat carvings) and can be painted or stained and finished to match your room.  

While I was at it, I decided to make a shelf out of oak as well. Take a look at the rewards at the side of the page, as I now have levels for purchasing a shelf in oak. With Country themes being so popular, I thought that oak would be a good wood to include in this project.

For now, oak shelves will be like the poplar ones...no cat silhouettes carved into them. Once the primary goal is reached we can consider some bonuses that would allow this.

 Oak wood is more expensive than Poplar, but less expensive (and without the carving, less time consuming) than Cedar, so the rewards will be an in-between amount of the poplar/cedar rewards. Here is a pic of the 18" oak shelf. It is unfinished and will take stain very well (Minwax's Red Oak and Black Walnut are popular stains for oak) or you can finish it with a clear gloss polyurethane or lacquer.

Thanks to all for your support and remember to tell your friends!

Risks and challenges

With any woodworking project, there are frequently obstacles which are hard to account for until the wood and supplies are purchased. Is wood available in sufficient quantity and in the correct dimensions to complete a project?

I am lucky to live in an area that has an abundant supply of locally grown hardwood and have business contacts with mills and wood warehouses in the area. Poplar is always readily available, as is cedar. For stretch goals that may offer other types of wood, I will first confirm with the mills that what I need will be available on short notice.

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    12" Cat Climber in Cedar. This Cat Climber is the perfect stepping stone for your cat. Small enough for you to put on the wall and not have it take up a huge amount of space, but big enough to allow him to sit or climb higher to another Climber that will allow him to lie down. The Cedar Climber comes decorated with black paw prints leading the way to the next shelf

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    12" Cat Climber in red oak. This climber is the same as the poplar shelf, but made from nice red oak lumber that will add to the decor of any country themed room. The shelf does not include any carving and is unfinished allowing you to stain it to match your specific room

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    12" Cat Climber in Poplar.
    This Cat Climber is the perfect stepping stone for your cat. Small enough for you to put on the wall and not have it take up a huge amount of space, but big enough to allow him to sit or climb higher to another Climber that will allow him to lie down. The poplar shelf is undecorated and unfinished, allowing you to paint or stain the wood to match your existing decor.

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    18" Cat Climber in Poplar. This size Climber is long enough to allow your feline to stretch out and rest while he plots taking over the world. This poplar climber is undecorated and unfinished, allowing you to paint or stain the wood to match your existing decor

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    18" Cat Climber in red oak. Large enough for your cat to lay down on, but not so large as to dominate your wall. This climber is like the poplar one; un-decorated and unfinished allowing you to stain it to match your room.

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    24" Cat Climber in Poplar. Have multiple feline friends? Let them get cozy together on this extra long shelf. 24" is a great length to put over a door where they can pounce on unsuspecting passer-bys. This poplar climber is undecorated and unfinished, allowing you to paint or stain the wood to match your existing decor

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    18" Cat Climber in Cedar. This size Climber is long enough to allow your feline to stretch out and rest while he plots taking over the world. The Cedar Climber comes decorated with the silhouette of a cat along with some paw prints.

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    24" Cat Climber in Cedar. Have multiple feline friends? Let them get cozy together on this extra long shelf. 24" is a great length to put over a door where they can pounce on unsuspecting passer-bys. The Cedar Climber comes finished with a silhouette and paw prints to lead the way.

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    Poplar Stepping Stones. Get 2 12" steps and one 18" Shelf to create a path for your kitty to follow up the wall. These poplar climbers are undecorated and unfinished, allowing you to paint or stain the wood to match your existing decor

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    Set of 3 Cat Climbers; 2 12" and 1 18". This grouping will give your cat the chance to explore his vertical space. Like the poplar shelves, these are unadorned and unfinished allowing you to stain it to match your room. Due to oak being significantly heavier (and therefore more expensive to ship) than poplar, a break in price for the set cannot be offered.

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    Cedar Stepping Stones. Get 2 12" steps and one 18" Shelf to create a path for your kitty to follow up the wall. Finished with paw prints and silhouettes.

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