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09-25-2014 02:35 PM

I have an old ladder that is way too unstable to use as a ladder. I want to get rid of it quick before I need to use a ladder and stupidly use it because it’s the only thing available.

The question I have is what kind of wood was used for old ladders and were they treated in any way? Everything is riveted and the steps are dadoed into the sides so If I broke it down it would be small pieces for a craft type project.

Thanks


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#1 posted 09-25-2014 02:47 PM

Would think ash or beech mainly. But i guess a lot of differnet, local woods can be used.. You can perhaps show a photo of it?

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 02:50 PM

Roy Underhill said that were was a law stating for the rungs to be made from Ash. I do not know what episode maybe season 4

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 02:53 PM

I think the main rails were douglas fir, at least the old one I cut up was. Can still be used as a rustic pot rack hung from the ceiling or a towel bar leaning up against the wall or some other countryish accent. They weren’t supposed to be finished with any kind of paint because you couldn’t see if a rung was cracked.

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 02:56 PM

You guys and gals have to see this Cherry log being auctioned off.

4th picture down.

All I can say is WOW :0

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 02:57 PM

Sorry for the quality of the pic. Also the ladder is upside down because the steps are textured to increase grip. What are the rungs? The steps?

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 04:12 PM

Looks like doug. fir to me.
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#7 posted 09-25-2014 04:24 PM

A ladder made entirely out of ash would be pretty heavy, I would think, but rungs made out of ash would be a good idea, if you don’t use metal support rods, and the rails, top and shelf out of a lightweight softwood, like fir.

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 04:47 PM

May not help you but this is a cool video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbu1HVFELog

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 04:57 PM

Fir… Very common next to oak.
Almost all of the wooden step ladders and wood extension ladders I’ve used were made of fir – light weight/strength ratio respective to other species.
The only rule I was told about is that to meet certain regulations etc, the rungs had to be riven so that their is minimal grain run out/cross grained areas.

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 05:24 PM

Keep the ladder. They make beautiful shelves. Let me know if you need some ideas.

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#11 posted 09-25-2014 11:44 PM

InstantSiv’s pic looks like Southern Yellow Pine to me.

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#12 posted 09-26-2014 12:51 AM

I also think that it is douglas fir.

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#13 posted 09-26-2014 05:35 AM

The only to make sure a wood ladder is safe is to burn it. Period – I will NOT climb a wood ladder.

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#14 posted 09-26-2014 12:30 PM

Yellow pine is my thought. Does it really matter what the name of the wood is?

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#15 posted 09-26-2014 12:35 PM

I said Doug Fir before you pictured it to be a step ladder. Extension ladders were fir. I spent many years as a housepainter putting up wooden extension ladders. A real bitch after it rained and they were soaked.

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