Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Crate Fit for a Cat

Over the weekend, John and I built this wooden crate made out of poplar wood to put on the front rack of my bicycle. The crate still needs stain, varnish, hardware and leather straps (to attach the crate to the handlebar and rack) before the project is considered finished.

Poplar Wood Milk Crate
Normally we would buy this stuff because we're not woodworkers. And because of that, I really cannot provide steps with confidence for how to build your own. But if you really want to know, just post a comment below or shoot me an email at info@cutercommuter.com. I can point you to a great video on YouTube as well.

As you can see, the crate is pretty basic. I didn't buy one because I needed the box to be a specific
dimension in order to fit on the front rack of my bike. I also wanted to make sure it was sturdy but as light as possible. Many of the crates for sale are made with thicker pieces of wood which would make them heavier.

Any milk crate will not do because this crate is designed to carry our cat who likes to go on bike rides.

At I took our cat on a ride in my pannier bag. But I wanted her to have a higher view and be in the front where I can keep an eye on her.

cat riding a bicycle in a pannier bag

So I got a DVD box and strapped it to the front of my bike for her to sit in. It was too narrow for her to turn around in or sit facing forward. 
aat riding on front rack of a bicycle
After a 1.5 mile bike ride she wanted to get out.

cat getting in a milk crate
 I set the crate down for her to try it out. And it looks like the dimensions are purrrfect!!
cat sitting in milk crate
I definitely think they like it. Oh--I will be sewing a foam cushion to place at the bottom inside the crate for our cat to sit on. And building a safety cage to put on top to keep our cat from jumping out to chase birds or rabbits in our neighborhood.
Cat in Milk Crate
A comfortable cat

2 comments:

Riding in Reno said...

A cat that likes bike rides....I love it!

Cuter Commuter said...

I took our other cat to the vet and she seemed to prefer riding on a bike over a car and that's how it all started LOL!!