Jim's in the process of making a scratching post for Otis. Here are some DIY links he's using for inspiration:
Dollar Stretcher Scratching Posts
WikiHow Cat Scratching Post
Some tips on getting your cat to use the post you've made
A really elaborate scratching post
Jim also used the sawbuck for the first time last night with amazing results. By making the cross piece of sawbuck the size we need the wood to be, he elminated any guess work as well as time wasted on measuring. I love it when things work out so well.