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Kudzupatch

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10-10-2021 03:11 PM

Finishing out a new temporary shop space that is a bit small for my needs. In order to maximize space I have floored over the office to use at storage area. The plan is to put a lot of small tools and stuff that is used off and on up here to keep it from cluttering the shop space.

In order for this happen it has to have easy access and after a lot of looking a ships ladder made the most sense. Should provide easy access. Takes up a small amount of space but no ladder to set up and easier to climb too.

I finished up the sides yesterday. I have all the tread locations marked. Monday I will start cutting treads and working on mortises for the treads.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com


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#1 posted 10-10-2021 07:40 PM

How do you plan to get materials, tools, etc. between upstairs and downstairs? You may need a small hoist for that. I would suggest moving the office space to the 2nd floor and have all woodworking on the 1st floor.

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#2 posted 10-13-2021 01:15 PM

Taking more time than I expected but I don’t think I have ever had a project that didn’t.

Anyway, got all the parts made. All the mortises cut and did a dry fit last night. Everything is nice and tight, well pleased. Time to take it apart and put it together for real.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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#3 posted 10-13-2021 01:59 PM

I like that ladder design. After I wrap up my shed I’m going to i install a mezzanine that will have a floor 7’2” above the concrete and I have no desire to drag out a step ladder every time I need to get up there. Something like this would be perfect, I like the extension above the floor. The ladders I built before, I always install the treads the same way. I cut a dado down the middle of the bottom of each tread and run all-thread the entire length and protruding from each of the rails. Cap each end off with an attractive nut or for a flush application, a tee nut set in a shallow counterbore. This design has the benefit of keeping each tread locked in it’s dado cut into the rail while pulling the rails tightly together. I can’t take credit for it as I’ve seen a similar approach on attic ladders and older wooden step ladders.

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#4 posted 10-13-2021 02:53 PM

But with the hand rail being interrupted, it will be impossible to slide down the rail like real sailors do.

I like it though. Really cool way to do that.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Kudzupatch

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#5 posted 10-13-2021 04:37 PM



I like that ladder design. After I wrap up my shed I m going to i install a mezzanine that will have a floor 7 2” above the concrete and I have no desire to drag out a step ladder every time I need to get up there. .......

- bigblockyeti

That is similar to my motivation. Long story but selling my house and going to build a new. Wife suggested we built a shed/shop so I could move into for now. Once the house is built I will move my shop to the basement and this will revert to barn/storage/welding shop/etc…..

It is temporary and it is little on the small side for what I do. I put an office in the back and floored overhead. Great storage space and I plan on putting a lot of small tools and stuff that is not used that often up there to keep down the clutter.

I realized without a good set of permanent steps with easy access I would end up pilling stuff up rather than drag it up a ladder. Once this is in plan is a simple rope lift to raise stuff up so I don’t have to carry it up the stairs. The easier it it so get up and down the more I will tend to use it.

So my motivation is much like yours.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Kudzupatch

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#6 posted 10-16-2021 12:53 AM

Recruited a neighbor to help me put this in place and MAN am I happy with it!! I followed what I understand to be the standard in actually ships and set it up at 62 degrees. I keep the risers small at 8 inches high. I measured some ladders and they were 10 inches high and I know I wanted them lower.

It is one very easy set of steps to walk up, even with something in one hand. It will make access to the storage no big deal and that was the goal!

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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