So my friend Tana is a crazy cat lady like I am and
wanted a cat-o-tron to put on her back patio for
neighborhood strays to have a place to crash when the
weather is ugly. The idea was to design a low-profile,
minimal footprint cat-o-tron that will accommodate a small
patio while providing the same level of refuge for furry
residents as the broader models.
The project started in November 2013. The first step was to
build "apartments" that adorn the central column. The design
is hexagonal, which I only did to support ease of attachment
to the central column.
The next step was to build "patios", which are outside of
each of the apartments. This is the classic "cat-o-tron"
platform design from previous builds.
Carpeting the apartment kind of reminded me of the
facehugger eggsac from Alien.
Attaching apartments and patios to the central column
required a bit of welding. For this I needed to fabricate
some joints that attached "branches" to the column.
This is what the branch joint looks like attached to the
The patios get carpeting.
Finally the branches are attached.
Next to complete: Lower branches (to use as stairs) and the
means to secure this beast to the ceiling.