First of all, I want to tell you that, as of today we are taking up orders for this Cat Bed. And here is a little story about it.
“I had a dream!” Well, not a dream really, more like an idea. Idea on making a cat bed. The design, what this cat bed should look like, that was already in my head. It was now a matter of bringing it to “life”.
You know all these videos where they show you how you can easily make at home just about anything. Sometimes those are so frustrating. I’m just waiting, one day they are going to publish a video on “Making your own Space Shuttle – DiY” project. In our little cat bad project we used a CNC machine. And we’ve made a short “dramatic” video about it 🙂
Of course, I am all for DiY projects, but let’s face it, not everyone has all that kind of tools, not everyone has a workshop or garage. As a matter of fact, about 90% of DiY projects are just out of reach for majority of population. Lack of tools and lack of appropriate space is the most common reason for that. Then, there is also lack of time. People who have a workshop or garage and all the necessary tools, are usually employed with kids. So, time is a critical issue.
Well, to cut the long story short, we purchased a CNC machine, got the necessary equipment, learned (and are still learning) on how to work with it, because we wanted to design and make cat furniture in small editions and this is extremely expensive if you get it done outside. Actually, it is not just cat furniture that we want to make, but all kinds of stuff. We believe that there is a special dimension to products that are custom made in small editions, we have no illusion that we can compete with Chinese prices, but, as a graphic designer and a cat lover I have these ideas that just cry to be turned into a reality so…. well, there you go. CatMagg furniture workshop was born.
And it started out pretty well. So far I made quite a few products that I am selling on Etsy. As a matter of fact most of it is already sold out so I’ll have to make another batch, but in this particular blog post I wanted to share with you how this little wooden (oak) cat bad came to “life”.
As I previously said, it started with an idea and here is what happens next. (Just a disclaimer, this is our workflow, it is not necessary the only way to do it.)
Well, ok, you do realize that this is a highly simplified description of the process. Each even small mistake especially on the Cut 2D and UCCNC part can cost you:
However, when you see your idea, the one that not so long ago existed in your head and then you see it as a finished product, in this case a cat bed which cats actually enjoy using, well – that’s joy. It’s pure joy.
One good thing of us making our own cat furniture is that we have 8 testers in house already who will submit our cat furniture to the most rigorous cat testing before they approve it. If Poofah, Myratz, Tito, Mister Alfons and Pierre don’t approve it. We’ll, we don’t sell it.
So, I think this is it for this blog post. I hope I managed to shed some ligh on the process of making a cat bed. At least that’s how we do it.
Love you all and see you nexti time!