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Posted on OK to make a ladder out of 2 x 4s??

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 07:49 PM

The racking issue is what I personally would worry about. If it happens, the entire ladder could come apart.

I think the idea of shallow dados to take the end of the 2×4 steps is good thinking, but I’d begin with some structural cross bracing at the bottom. The dados would keep the steps from twisting.

Screws into each step through the sides will secure things, but screws can easily pull out when driven into end grain. A better way would be to run all-thread underneath (or into a shallow groove on each step for a cleaner look). The all-thread would run across from/to the outside of each rail and be secured with washers/nuts with the threads buggerd to keep the nuts from loosening.

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