How to make a rope ladder

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How to make a rope ladder
Ladder ropes are a classic tree house accessory.

Whether you need a rope ladder for a tree house or for other outdoor adventures, you can make one yourself with a few basic materials. If properly constructed, your rope ladder will be sturdy and dependable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 rope at least 1 inch thick
  • Several 2 x 4 pieces, 18 inches each
  • Drill with a 1 1/4-inch wood bit
  • Washers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drill holes 2 inches from each end of the boards.

  2. 2

    Place washers on both sides of the boards. Washers keep the rope from fraying over time as it rubs on the wood.

  3. 3

    Thread the rope through the holes and tie a simple knot.

  4. 4

    Repeat every 10 inches until you have the length needed.

  5. 5

    Tie both sides together using two triple hitches at the bottom end. This enables the ropes to work together when weight is added.

Tips and warnings

  • Rope ladders are not appropriate for dangerous rock climbing and mountain climbing.
  • Only one person at a time should be on the ladder.

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