Ladder for Towels? #1: Starting up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-15-2021 09:09 PM 712 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Daughter wants a ladder, that will be just to hold her towels….4’ tall…where she can lean it up against a wall, or even hang it up on the…

Hauled 1 plank to the shop, it was almost 7’ long…only needed 4’ or so…

Had to set things up like this, as there was a decided lack of room in the shop..

And the plank on the mitre saw was from the Miterbox Rehab…needed to trim one end of the long plank..

Due to splits showing up…the other end was a bit…worse..

So…needed 4’ or so, measured down from the just trimmed end…

And mark a cut line. Then the handsaw, again..

Rather fancy…then it was time for the tablesaw to take over..had a wavy edge to get rid of..

Reset the rip fence, and now have the 2 sides of the ladder..

But, a ladder needs rungs, right..had a few boards available..reset the fence a bit…and run the boards through..

Couple were too messed up, wound up with these 5 blanks…

Ladder goes from 18” wide at the bottom to about 13” or so at the top. There is a ladder upstairs about the right size…bevel was used to match the angle the rungs meet the sides…

So…ganged up the rungs..

Measure down to the other end about 18”...and make a second cut line…the set the mitre gauge..

And make a few cuts

Then the shoulder cuts…

Because of the angles going on…I did half, reset the saw. and then the other half..

Then things got switched around….blade gets tipped 12 degrees, but the mitre gauge comes back to 90..

Blade also gets lowered a bit….and then the cheek cuts were nibbled away…

After which, back to Olde School to clean the tenons up….

Sharp chisel, and a small hammer ( when Needed)

had just enough fun for one day…..tomorrow, I see about 10 mortises…

Treads will need a bit of work…may include beads and round-overs…end of the ladder’s sides will need either a rounded end, or just a beveled cut…

Stay tuned…I have until May 3rd to get things done….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-16-2021 02:16 AM

Huh. Since getting a lathe, my first thought for “ladder” was “okay, I need to turn some rungs.”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-16-2021 04:27 AM

No lathe in the shop….no room.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 12:29 PM

Yep. Different tools available makes for different solutions.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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