This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a cat house. If you have cats then you should probably build them a nice shelter to protect them from the cold weather and from precipitation. This cat house has a 2×2 frame and outdoor walls made from 1/2″ plywood. Add a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to protect them from decay.
This cat house can be easily converted to an insulated shelter, if you add insulation sheets to the walls. In this manner, your favorite pets can use the shelter even during the cold winter days. From our experience, we recommend you to invest in quality materials, otherwise the cat house won’t be durable and won’t have a beautiful appearance. Always align the components at both ends and drill pilot holes, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Outdoor Cat House Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 14”, 3 pieces – 16″ long FLOOR FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 14″x19″ long FLOORING
- C – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 19”, 1 piece – 10 1/4″, 2 pieces – 10″ FRONT WALL
- D – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 12 1/2″, 2 pieces – 10″ SIDE WALL
- D – 2 piece of 2×2 lumber – 11″, 1 piece – 10″ SIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 19″, 3 pieces – 10″ BACK WALL
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 3/4″ plywood – 24″x24″
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Add trims to the cat house
- Secure the walls to the floor frame with galvanized screws
- One Week
How to build an outdoor cat house
The first step of the outdoor cat house project is to build the floor frame from 2×2 lumber. Cut the components at the right components and then secure them together with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the 14″ long components and insert the screws into the perpendicular components.
Attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the floor and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the joists.
Assemble the back wall for the cat house from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush, for a professional result.
Build the front wall from 2×2 lumber as well. Cut the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs.
Build the left side wall from 2×2 lumber. Use 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the walls tightly.
Build the right wall frame from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the frame together tightly.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the cat house. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor. Make sure you align the edges flush, for a professional result.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix the issue if necessary.
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