Saturday, December 6, 2008

Present for Louis


Louis has been complaining for a while now. It all started after I replaced our carpet with bamboo flooring. The new floor is smooth and slippery, and has made one of his favorite activities much too hard. Here's a shot of the problem:



See how those scratchers aren't lined up properly? That will never do! Louis is a persnickity cat!


So finally, after months of protest, I have fixed the problem for him:



Does he approve? Yes!
Does he still complain? Yes! "What took you so long?"



It's just a simple tray with rabbeted and pegged corner joints, plywood bottom trapped in grooves, and mitered, applied moulding. The moulding was nailed and glued. After the glue dried I sunk the nails even further, drilled out the nail holes down to the heads, and then plugged the holes with dowels (bamboo skewers actually).


To hold things steady while I cleaned up the pegs I used a system of batten and wedges with my bench dogs. Here's a picture of the dog and batten on one side (other end of batten is clamped to back of bench with a hand clamp):



And here is the other side, with double wedges:



To adjust for the shorter dimension of the tray, I added a piece of scrap:



The only problem now, is that Louis is even less inclined to share with his brother Gerald...


3 comments:

  1. And what are you getting poor gerald for Christmas?

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  2. Louis appears to be comfortable on his new scratch pad platform, but he has an irritated look on his face.

    Perhaps he would like for you to add a nice cherry stain to it?

    Nice job, Dan. I hope my dogs don't see this and get any ideas....

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  3. RF - No problem - Gerald is VERY easy to please:

    Happy Gerald


    VC - Thanks! And don't worry about Louis, that's just his way of saying: "Look, I appreciate the work you've done here, really I do, but now you are invading my personal space and I will therefore refuse to acknowledge that you exist. What you're still there?"

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