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Blog series by bandit571 updated 04-22-2021 03:41 AM 6 parts 3498 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Starting up

04-15-2021 09:09 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

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 wall..so… 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...

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Part 2: Beads....just...beads

04-16-2021 10:10 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

A late night return to the shop, I was just going to see about setting things up, and have it ready to go, this morning Best laid plans….. I figured a way to hold the treads/rungs safely to the bench…at least so two types of planes could work…solution? Was to drill a hole through each tenon. Hole will not show once the ladder is glued up..Gave things a trial run, as the underside needed a few swipes with the smooth plane, anyway. Might as well get things smoothe...

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Part 3: Started on the sides

04-18-2021 12:26 AM by bandit571 | 5 comments »

Foot ends were laid out.. Turns out I’ll have to come back and make a second cut… Anyway, top ends were sanded to match each other’s curves…which left the edges to joint so they also matched.. Hmm, I don’t think that little smooth plane will do this job…..so Time to bring out the real jointer….sides are 49-1/2” long…Stanley No. 8 is 24” long….should work.. However, it is not much of a smooth plane….and I wa...

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Part 4: Mortises?

04-18-2021 05:02 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Need a way to attach the treads/rungs to the sides….figured a wedged through tenon will work, but..the lay out is a bit..different.. Treads will sit parallel to a floor….the ladder will lean towards a wall at 12 degrees. Ladder sides splay out at 12 degrees…makes a mortise a bit tricky to lay out and chop..so.. Needs to be something like this….but, the other side needs to match up … Then carry the lines round to the other face…one edge at a time...

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Part 5: Sunday, a quick shop visit

04-20-2021 02:43 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Decided to finally head to the shop, Sunday afternoon…and see about the other 5 mortises….and even time how long I was taking per mortise. Got down to the about 3pm….and spent about an hour and a half down there… Move the completed side and the treads out of the way….slap the other side of the ladder onto the top of the bench… Start here right at 3:00 Chop down 1/2 way into the show side….flip over, and complete the mortise.. save the m...

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Part 6: Assembly, and a PIP

04-22-2021 03:41 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Cleaned things up a bit….cut a few wedges of Rosewood… Plan being….Work my way along one side of this ladder….adding one tread at a time….glued and wedged.. Some taking more than one wedge… Some getting a second wedge….I was going to then work along the other side… Since this side was done…had to wait a bit…had a repair going on… So…once this was done….I could then glue up the second side….after...

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