FabCat House

Author avatarDalia Ge | Last edit 9/12/2019 by Clementflipo

FabCat House 03 sm.jpg
Maison en bois pour votre ami à fourrure.
15 hour(s)
Decoration, Furniture, House, Sport & Outside, Play & Hobbies
18 EUR (€)
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License : Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)


Fabriquez un refuge pour chat sauvage, ou une maison pour votre ami à fourrure.

Vous aurez besoin seulement de quelques planches de contreplaqué à découper à la machine laser, minimum 800x500mm. Si besoin, je peux essayer de faire une version pour 700x500.

Si vous l'avez fabriqué, n'hésitez pas à faire un tour sur mon site pour remplir un court questionnaire sur comment vous avez fait votre tutoriel.


  • 6 planche de contreplaqué 800 x 500
  • 1 planche de contreplaqué 400 x 300
  • Vernis ou lasure pour bois


  • Découpeuse laser

Step 1 - Découper au laser

Utiliser les fichiers .ai joints pour découper à la machine laser. Passer une couche de lasure et de vernis avant d'assembler.

You need to cut the planks into the pieces using a laser cutter with working area min. 80x50cm (31.5 x 19.7 inch). 

You can get an access to this machines in various places - fablabs, makerspaces, hackerspaces or commercial services like TechShop or others.

There’s much more, not all of the places are listed in all maps, you can also try to research it by yourself.

Step 2 - Assembly

Follow the steps to assembly the object, it shouldn't take you long. If the thickness of the planks is right, you shouldn't need to use any glue.

Step 3 - Protection (optional)

Depending on how solid and resistant you want your house to be you can apply wood stain and varnish. For exterior use, varnish is absolutely necessary. 

Wood stain/finish can provide additional protection and a nice finish to your object. You can choose different types and colors.

Varnish (marine or other type) is a great tool to make your object resistant to humidity or insects and give it a nice finish. Also, after assembling the object, it will glue it together and fill in small cracks.

Apply varnish and wood stain with a brush. Don’t forget to wash it really good after each use.

Step 4 - Cord & Metal Tent Pegs (optional)

At the bottom of the house's ribs you can find set of 3mm holes.

If necessary, you can use them to fix the house to the ground using a cord and metal tent pegs.

Step 5 - Cork Sheet/roll or Insulation Board (optional)

Depending on where you live, there’s a possibility that you will want to protect cats from the cold weather. There are multiple options, for extreme cold you could install rigid insulation boards or cork sheets (2 or more mm)

Both are very easy to cut with scissors or cutter (cork even with laser cutter).

Step 6 - 3D Printer + 3D Printed Leg Protection + Silicon Glue (optional)

If you want to use this object in exterior you need to protect its wooden legs against the humidity. One of the options is to print leg protection on a 3D printer.

This option can be useful also if you want to protect your floor. It is possible that the print will still be sharp so you will have to sand it on the edges.

Step 7 - Result

Enjoy! :)

Notes and references

Project website : fabcat.gregor-design.eu

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! :) Btw. If you have any propositions on improvement I invite you to contact me!

Also, I invite you to fill in my survey on makers movement on the project website.