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Cherry Ladder (for displaying quilts)

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Project by Bertha posted 11-27-2016 01:31 PM 338 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 11-27-2016 02:00 PM

Really nice details, Al. Love the cut nail touch.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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saddletramp

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#2 posted 11-27-2016 02:18 PM

Nice!!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 06:02 PM

And a very nice job you did on that ladder. That will make a great display for quilts!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 08:41 PM

This makes a very nice display rack for quilts. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Roger

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 10:04 PM

Super nice. The watchdog is doing a good job as well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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mafe

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 01:29 AM

Lovely!
Nice build, crisp in detail.
I love that dog!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 01:33 PM

Nice work Al

-- David in Damascus, MD

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