Tree houses provide entertainment and a place for kids and even adults to get away and have time for themselves. Tree houses should have a safe and sturdy ladder for access between it and the ground. This article walks you through instructions on building a simple, yet solid, 10-foot-long tree house ladder out of 2-by-4s using a few simple tools.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 4 to 5 10-foot-long 2-by-4s
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw
- Wood stain or paint
- Waterproof sealant
- 2 1/2-inch screws
Cut eight 2-foot-long pieces of 2-by-4 with the circular saw for the steps of the ladder. Leave two pieces at 10-foot for the sides.
Sand all rough edges off the eight cut pieces and the two 10-foot pieces. Apply wood stain or paint and allow to dry. Next, apply water sealant to all ten pieces.
Lay the two 10-foot 2-by-4s on edge parallel to each other 2 foot apart. Lay a 2-foot piece on the wide edge in between them so it runs perpendicular. Place it 6 inches inward from one end of the sides. Drive 3 screws through both 10-foot sides into the ends of the 2-foot piece.
Lay another 2-foot piece on the wide edge in between the sides 6 inches inward from the other end. Drive 3 screws through both 10-foot sides into the 2-foot piece.
Equally space the remaining six 2-foot pieces between the top and bottom steps and screw them to the sides. Make sure you use 6 screws for each step, 3 on each side. Stand your ladder up.
Tips and warnings
- Adjust the 10-foot measurement for the sides of the ladder to make the ladder a different length.
- Be cautious when using power tools.