A non-piercing elevation tool

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I have a penchant/affection/love/appreciation/passion for the older tools. One of these include a beautifully made old ladder which has the benefit of being very light and folds out quickly. I have been using it regularly for about 15 years.

A while back I needed to get something from one of my higher shelves in the shop and instead of opening it up (There was stuff in the way and I could not get close enough), I leant it against the woodpile which should have been somewhere else. Up I went, down I came. Agony in the area of my stomach and I crouched on the floor, waiting for the pain to subside and then daring to look at my stomach. Fortunately, there was no gash but an ugly weal where the corner of a Rosewood block had scraped it on my fall. I was obviously incredibly relieved and now started inspecting myself for the “lesser” damages. Bruise on the arm, cut on the hand…...hang on…..why was there a triangle of the crotch of my pants missing? I dropped the remainder of my pants poste haste to discover a sliver of Rosewood about 1 1/2 inches long and about 1/8 of an inch thick, happily sticking out of either side of a valuable tool. Guys, you don’t want to go there. Imagine the panic of grabbing the pliers ready to jerk the thing…out. The wrong way as well, because there was a thicker part of it on the other side of the pliers. Switched hands and clenched stuff and extricated that bugger.

This led me to a sadness because safety for me is paramount and some tools are more valuable than others. I loved the design of the ladder and wanted another one. However, being in the middle of a plane commission and trying to discipline myself to finish was not helping. However, over the weekend I decided naughty was nicer and although it did not turn out as light as the original, it functions beautifully. The old one is now literally and figuratively in the background.

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 06:46 AM

Nice job. Hope everything turned out Oky Doky with your other tool.

This is my ladder
This is my gun
This is for climbing
This is for fun

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 09:31 AM

Beautiful ladder, I can see why you wanted to reproduce it, especially when you came close to no longer being able to reproduce…

How much does it weigh? The ladder I am talking about here.


-- its only a mistake if someone can see it

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 11:54 AM

Nice ladder design. I hope you took care of the other tool, rosewood can be toxic.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 12:52 PM

ChicoWoodnut makes a good point – perhaps you should fashion a ‘Full Metal Jacket’ for your valuable tool when performing acrobatic manoeuvres in potentially dangerous areas !

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 01:31 PM

This is not the tool forum! :-)
That is a nice three step. I would really like to find one for my shop, more as a pattern for a new one.
Very nice write up.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 02:08 PM

“How much does it weigh? The ladder I am talking about here.” He he…the old one weighs 6.6 pounds and the new one 9.9 pounds. I beefed up measurements all around by about 1.5 mm in thickness and used Salignas instead of the original (One of the two million pine species?)

Now someone somewhere threatened that this lot was not for tools….ahem. The ladder is a tool and this line might be a fine one.

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 02:17 PM

I would like to see plans for this ladder.

-- woodsmith

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 05:31 PM

Ouch!!! the ladder looks nice! you should make plans or how to. thanks!

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 02:56 PM

Sounds like the ladder wasn’t the only thing that gained weight 8-(

Glad to see there were materials of sufficient strength available to create a replacement without resorting to space-age exotic alloys. 8-0

I wouldn’t mind seeing a few sketches of the “improved” version. I’m not as good with advanced acrobatics anymore, and I KNOW I don’t have the 8alls to use a pliers pair on MY PAIR. 8-)

Glad you’re OK, how about a sketch and some dimensions.


-- dust control

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 01:04 PM

Great job

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Chris Carlson

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#11 posted 04-19-2013 02:37 AM

Great job. Is there a chance you could post some dimensions thanks

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