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Kitty Play Station

Your cat will romp, scratch and dance with joy over this easy-to-make, springy, kitty play station.

Cat playing with the play station

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Drill
  • 9/16-inch spade bit
  • 3/32-inch drill bit
  • 5/32-inch drill bit
  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Clear tape


  • 2 x 48-inch poplar dowel (#43934)
  • 1x15-inch stain grade unfinished round table top (#114105)
  • 3 3-inch #8 screws (#57238)
  • 1/4-inch x 100-foot Sisal Rope (#66522)
  • #17x3/4-inch stainless steel brads (#128230)
  • 2 extension springs 9/16x16-1/2x0.054-inch (#246623)

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Step 1

Cut the dowel to 30 inches. Drill a 9/16-inch hole through dowel, 3 inches from the top. Drill a second 9/16-inch hole perpendicular to the first hole, 10 inches from top.

Good to Know

Practice drilling holes through the dowel in the portion that has been cut off. Thread the springs through the dowel to insure the correct size of the holes.

Step 2

Determine which side of 15 inch round base is the bottom and mark the center. Set the end of the dowel on the center of the bottom and trace around it leaving a circle. Drill a 5/32-inch pilot hole in the center of the bottom.

Step 3

Drill a 3/32-inch pilot hole in the center of the bottom end of the dowel.

Step 4

kitty play station overview

Secure the dowel to the base with the #8 x 3-inch wood screw through the pilot holes. Using the drawn circle as a guide, place two more #8 x 3-inch wood screws on either side of the first screw to go through the base and into the dowel.

Step 5

Wrap clear tape around the end of the sisal rope to prevent unraveling. Use a brad to secure the end of the sisal at the base end of the dowel.

Step 6

kitty play station with sisal rope

Carefully wrap sisal rope around the dowel, spiraling it up from the base to lower hole. Cut the rope and wrap the end with clear tape. Secure the end of the rope with a brad just beneath the hole.

Step 7

Thread the springs through the holes in the dowel so they protrude evenly on both sides. Wrap clear tape around the ends of rope and fish through the springs leaving enough hanging from either side of the spring to fray and knot. (Note: Instead of fraying the ends of the rope, you can knot the ends or make a sisal tassel.)

Step 8

cat playing with the play station

Watch Kitty scratch and play.