|Project by David Bareford||posted 04-10-2015 07:09 PM||2028 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I have several fruit trees, but the ground around them is uneven and often sloped, making regular ladders really unstable. I came across this design in a great book called Farm Woodwork, published in 1919. It’s available free on Google Books, and since it was written before the advent of widely-available power tools, it’s perfect for a galoot like me.
This ladder proves to be super stable, even when I raised one of the legs 4 ” higher than the others! The rungs are narrow—only 10-1/2” wide—but that forces climber to center themselves in the middle of the tripod. I have never seen this kind of design for sale anywhere; certainly not at the big box stores. It just goes to show that sometimes the best designs are the ones we have forgotten.
The wood was all Craigslist salvage and the metal brackets were custom made by a friend. Total cost for hardware (including all the screws): $17.50.