Ladders are commonly used to perform tasks such as roofing and painting. They are indispensable tools for homeowners, handymen and do-it-yourselfers. A sturdy, straight wooden ladder can be constructed by the average woodworker in several hours.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 2 pieces 2 x 4-inch lumber, 12 feet long
- 4 large clamps
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- 2 pieces, 2 x 3-inch lumber, 8 feet long
- Wood glue
- 36 deck screws
- Water sealant
- Paint brush
Lay two 2 x 4-inch boards side by side on a flat surface. Align the edges and clamp the boards together with four large clamps.
Place the tab of a tape measure on one end of the boards and extend the measure to 8 inches. Mark with a pencil. Repeat to mark the opposite end.
Place the tape measure on the first mark and extend it to 16 inches. Mark with a pencil. Continue to measure and mark 16-inch sections until you reach the last mark at the other end of the boards. Measure 1 1/2 inch on both sides of each mark for the offset required to cut notches.
Set the depth of a circular saw to 1 1/8 inches. Cut the clamped 2 x 4-inch boards at each mark. Use a hammer and chisel to remove the wood and smooth out the notches. Remove the clamps.
Cut the two 2 x 3-inch lumber into nine pieces, each 19 inches in length. These are the rungs.
Lay the two 2 x 4-inch boards on a flat surface and put wood glue into each of the bottom notches. Place a rang into each notch. Tap lightly with a hammer, if needed. Use the chisel to remove pieces in the notches if necessary. Repeat to attach the remaining rungs.
Secure each rang by placing two deck screws into each end with a screwdriver.
Apply a waterproof sealant with a paint brush.
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