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Project by metolius posted 02-20-2021 06:52 PM 1748 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While thinking about a library ladder to access a cubby above a closet, came across Woodwright’s Shop S8E1 where Roy Underhill disassembled an 18th century “collapsing” library ladder.

This ladder is based on what he described. A 4×4 doug-fir board was reduced to 3×3 , split, and space was routed between the halves to enclose 1inch oak dowels to act as ladder rungs. The dowels are hinged with steel rods and copper pipe ferrules. The ladder rungs are precisely spaced so that the ladder can fold back into its 4×4 shape.

A few pairs of magnets hold it shut when its folded.

Its hung on an old iron bar used for hanging kitchen pots. The hanging hook on the ladder is a cap of hickory reinforced with a stub of aluminum bar that is embedded into the ladder with a lag screw and epoxy.

-- derek / oregon





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#1 posted 02-20-2021 08:02 PM

That is something new and by the looks of it very functional. Nice work!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-20-2021 09:16 PM

Nice job. Cool to see this design perfectly meeting a need, rather than just being built as and exercise.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#3 posted 02-20-2021 09:37 PM

Wayyyy cool!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 02-20-2021 10:42 PM

Pretty slick idea, very unique approach. Love it!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 02-21-2021 01:16 AM

Love it! I’ve dreamed of making one myself some day!

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#6 posted 02-21-2021 09:06 AM

Seems like a neat design… Would have loved to see a video of it being folded.

It’d be really cool if you said a cellar ladder, but for someone that hates reading (cest moi), a library ladder doesn’t ring inspirational bells.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 02-21-2021 03:36 PM

That is about the neatest thing I have ever seen.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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metolius

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#8 posted 02-21-2021 08:28 PM



Seems like a neat design… Would have loved to see a video of it being folded.

It d be really cool if you said a cellar ladder, but for someone that hates reading (cest moi), a library ladder doesn t ring inspirational bells.

- LittleBlackDuck

Of course ! a “cellar” ladder .. a must to carry up the vino.

OnDemand: here is a clip of open/close action: https://youtu.be/NU-KYuFrDNg

Thank you all for the kind comments.

-- derek / oregon

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#9 posted 02-21-2021 10:41 PM


OnDemand: here is a clip of open/close action: https://youtu.be/NU-KYuFrDNg
- metolius

Green bum.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 02-22-2021 02:35 AM

Now that’s next level!!!

-- Pete

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#11 posted 02-22-2021 02:07 PM

A really interesting design concept and great execution.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#12 posted 02-22-2021 04:41 PM

Good job, Derek!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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