Cat-scratcher cost-savings analysis

In the previous Cat Scratcher post, I forgot to include the following picture, taken in a local PetSmart of similar (but more cheaply made) products:

The small cat-scratchers go for $10.  The larger, more fancy ones — the ones most similar to the one I designed and made — go for $25.  In mine, the wood was $17 (though I have plenty left over for other projects) and the hardware was a few dollars.  I’d say I probably broke even.

On the other hand, I have something that looks a lot more fancy than the mass-produced scratchers, as well as one that I can easily refill indefinitely for free (as long as I have a few spare boxes and a sharp blade on the utility knife).

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Brian Enigma

Brian Enigma is a Portlander, manipulator of atoms & bits, minor-league blogger, and all-around great guy. He typically writes about the interesting “maker” projects he's working on, but sometimes veers off into puzzles, software, games, local news, and current events.

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