|Project by Bertha||posted 11-27-2016 01:31 PM||338 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
My girlfriend wanted a ladder to display her quilts. I didn’t want to throw one together, so I decided to make a relatively nice one. Started with some raw cherry.
Milled everything by machine to 3/4 down from 1 inch. Cut a bunch of 17 inch treads.
Marked them out at 85 degrees and cut the walls of the dados by hand with a pullsaw with a rigid spine.
Routed out the dados to 1/4 inch deep.
Rounded over the fronts leaving a flare at both ends using a 1/4 inch roundover in a hand router. There were a lot of ways I could have done this but I prefer the appearance and the glue surface of this method.
Prepared some leather feet.
I got some vintage cut nails from a defunct forge in Wheeling, WV and soaked them for a few days.
From there, it was just glue-up and nailing. I like the look of the exposed cut nails, so I glued the joint, tapped, waxed the nail and drove two on each side per tread.
Oiled it up with a wipe coat of tung only. No wax.
Brought it into the sewing room.
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog