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Project by reggle posted 04-04-2012 02:19 PM 1301 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

took about a week to make.i mostly used hand tool .The front part of the frame is held together with houseing joints and screws.the back part of the frame uses mortice and tenons still needs a sanding and a finish.i dont know what to finish it with any suggestion?

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory





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DaddyT

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 02:32 PM

nice ladder. I think I would give it a red oak or cedar stain, then some shellac for long durability. going into my ” to do list” lol, I have so many….....

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Dallas

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 02:51 PM

Nice work.

One bit of advice:
Somewhere around the middle step either put a piece of all-thread under the step with a nut and washer on each end or put a 1×2 on edge with a mortice, thru tenon and wedge.
The reason for this is that it keeps the legs from spreading, especially at the worst possible moment.
DAMHIKT.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 03:25 PM

I like the ladders that have the rod under each step. They can be tighten really well. Big folks land hard when they fall.

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whit

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 04:29 PM

Very nice. My suggestion on the finish – keep it transparent rather than translucent or opaque. If any cracks DO develop, it’s a nice to be able to see and fix them before they become issues.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 07:40 PM

That’s a fine looking ladder. For finish I’d use a transparent and durable finish for the same reason Whit stated. When the first layer of the finish is wet, I’d sprinkle some fine sand on each step for some added grip. If you mask off the “sandy area” it can look quite attractive as well.l

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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reggle

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 07:41 PM

thanks that sand idea sound great

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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doncutlip

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#7 posted 04-04-2012 09:55 PM

looks like quality construction

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 04-04-2012 10:07 PM

Yes ~ keep it clear. Firemen don’t varnish ladders for the fun of it. Ladders should never be painted. Boiled linseed is good if you don’t want a show piece but then you built a nice one so…... All the suggestions are goos ones.

-- Islandwoodworker@Gmail.com

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StumpyNubs

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 10:35 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for posting!
-Jim, aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 04:15 AM

Nice work. I agree with clear finish for obvious reasons. BLO will add resilience.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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