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I came across this beautiful antique ladder design one day and it was a love at first sight. Simple lines, utilitarian approach with minimalistic wood usage. I just could not stop to admire the design. By the time I understood the folding mechanism and it's load capabilities I already decided to build one. The build process went relatively smoothly and learn a lot. Yet the project turned out to be more complex than I thought. Consequently, I could not finish it in one weekend. Hopefully, will finish soon and share its completion video next time.

Here is the part one of video.

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Not a bad looking project, but there are reasons they don't build them like that anymore. What wood are you using in it?

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I used pine 2×1 and the wood choice was part of the experiment. The ladder is very solid and I tested it myself, without any issues. The ladder designs used now are relying on metal hardware, which is getting most of the stress. You simply cannot make current foldabale ladders by substituting metal parts with wood. That is what I like about this design, it distributes the stress and there is minimal stress at pivot point of folding mechanism.

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I would worry about the thin strips breaking. If you don't have completely straight grain running the full length of each piece, you have a fail point where the piece will break. I would also use a stronger wood than Pine, Oak or maple for strength along with the straight grain. JMO