New This Month


Cat Tree

Photography: Laura Moss


This scratching post was made from a fallen tree on Martha's property. It's 18 inches tall, but you can make yours any size.


  • Tree saw

  • Trunk of branched wood

  • 1 1/2-inch-thick piece of wood

  • Four 3-inch wood screws

  • Drill


  1. Use a tree saw to cut the trunk of a sturdy piece of branched wood so that it forms a flat surface.

  2. On a 1 1/2-inch-thick piece of wood that is wide enough to provide a stable base (this one is about 15 inches across), draw intersecting lines. On the base, mark trunk's footprint at approximate center. Mark placement of four 3-inch wood screws.

  3. Drill pieces together.

  4. Remove bark from the base if desired.

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