Designed and built a wooden cat shelf for a wasted corner of the living room. Shelf is London Plane and stand is Oak. Transformed the saddest piece of warped London Plane into a beautiful piece of furniture. Total cost of all materials (excl tools) approx £150
Veterinary pet bedding simulates the leaves of the reconstructed tree
Bosch Green PEX 400 AE 350W 125mm Random Orbit Sander 240v
Bosch random orbit sander PEX 400 AE
How it looked in the beginning. The London Plane was a 2.5m slab just over 80cm wide (at some points) for an amazing £84. I cut the shape out of a hard bit of plastic first as a template to find the best part of the slab to use. This was an offcut that I travelled 5 hours to pick. It looked the saddest piece in a vast timber yard; I just had to take it home!
The topside of the knuckle joint was such an interesting feature and took a lot of care to keep it intact
This was the underside of the knuckle joint, very weak and some of the loose bark had to be secured in place by wood glue before I could risk sanding it
The Live edged knuckle joint on the London Plane slab
The original surface of the London Plane
Used a Dremel 3000 sanding head to do the edges as there was surface, blackened water damage. It was also useful to remove any sharp edges
Dremel 3000 Rotary Multi Tool
This was the Oak before it was waxed/oiled. I used a wire brush on the edges of the bark to remove the white mould
All parts of the stand, sanded and waxed/oiled. A 3m+ piece of oak made the 3 legs for an amazing £30! The base is a tree slice I bought off eBay that's typically used for wedding cakes/buffets etc.
The topside had a lot more pits and cracks, but it was to be covered with pet bedding anyway. It curves across the surface and slightly downwards at the front so it was the best side for the top of the shelf
This is the underside of the London Plane shelf. After 4 days of sanding it's beauty was revealed and the Osmo Polyx®-Oil in clear satin brought out its rich, deep and varied colour tone
As the knuckle joint was quite weak and with very loose bark, clear epoxy resin strengthened it for the cats to jump on
Made to be free-standing and it's very stable. Was a bit worried as the shelf is quite heavy. The 3 starred stand worked well enough.