This week I tried to channel my inner animal photographer. Finally, I can benefit from the fact that I am a nature documentary junkie. 100 hours of wildlife documentaries may not yet be in vain. Well, that´s what I thought! The reason for my newfound ambition was of course my latest DIY project: a wooden hut* in which I can hide a cat litter box…
* The model for my hut was off course a small Swedish privy.
The hut was built in no time and so it was time for the “blogpost cover image”. Of course I wanted to have my cats in the photograph, so that everyone can recognize what I’ve built here. A piece of cake! Normally when I take pictures I have to push my cats out of the frame every few seconds. So I put the hut on the floor, my cats come right away and I take my photos but then I realize that I have forgotten to put the litter box in the hut. No problem. The litter box is quickly inside the hut and I’m back on the floor, raise my camera … no cats. I start to make luring noises… 15 minutes later … no cats. Maybe I should disguise myself. I’m sitting right in front of my shelf with my fabric collection. In my mind I picture myself making a hideout out of fabric with a small gap for the camera. But then it occurs to me that sometimes wildlife photographers wait for months in hiding for the perfect picture. I am hungry now and no food is within reach. 20 minutes later … I can hear the cats playing in the kitchen and I need the loo. Wildlife photographers pee in empty bottles … should I … Stop! Time for a change of plan. Resigned I drag myself to the kitchen and collect the cat treats. Does not look like I have a future as a wildlife photographer and while I throw about 20 cats treats next to the hut, I have to think about the vet, with a very bad conscience. Two minutes later I have dozens of wonderful pictures and I can finally take care of my physical needs. So much for 100 hours of wildlife documentaries …
First you need wood. You can see the measurements of my wooden parts above. I used poplar plywood with 6 mm thickness.
Furthermore, you need small wooden triangles (I made mine myself), wood glue and small screws. If you want to paint your hut, you will also need paint and a brush.
1. Because I wanted my hut to be as lightweight as possible, I used plywood but this is too thin for screws, so I had to glue the sides with wood glue.
2. But gluing wasn´t enough, so I connected the sides with small wooden triangles on the inside of the hut which I screwed to the sides.
3. Before I attached the roof to the hut, I painted the hut first: original Sweden style in red with white accents. Thus, the wood looks a bit like boards I painted lines with a black permanent marker on the sides. Now I only had to paint the roof black and glue it to the hut after the paint was dry.
One cannot argue that the hut is less conspicuous than the litter box itself but that was not really the goal. Now, every time I walk by the litter box hut, I have to smile and I managed to bring a piece of Sweden in my apartment.
The cat’s don´t mind the hut at all and use the litter box just like they did before.
A nice side effect is that the roof of the hut can also be used as a viewing platform or for chilling out.
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