Saturday, December 19, 2009

Custom ladder for bunk beds.....

This is a project that has been on my list to do for some time, but wasn't really needed until this time of the year.

It soon will be used at all the family gatherings at their cabin in the woods.

I am sure the parents will be glad to no longer have to lift the kids up onto the top bunks..

There is something special about being allowed on the top bunk and I am sure these girls are anxious to be the first ones up the ladder.

For strength and to match the decor of the cabin it is being created out of pieces of Fir/Larch and will be given a light golden stain.

As you can see in the photo, the original ladder was one made out of metal and had seen its better days through years of use and many generations of families. I think it was an RV ladder in a previous life.

The sides have been milled and here I have routed the dado's to hold the rungs. The ladder is 78 inches tall and 13 1/2 inches wide. I cut a slight bevel on the bottom of each leg so as to give it a incline, making it a bit easier to use.

Here the rungs have been installed and have now been glued and clamped.  Once the glue sets I added some long screws into each end of the rungs for added strength.

The ladder has now been sanded and is awaiting some stain and a thick coat of polyurethane finish. There will be a pair of metal brackets attached when the new owners mount it on the bunk bed rails.

The sanding and the poly coating is completed and we are ready to get this ladder mounted.

There will be many little feet as well as probably many big feet climb this ladder.  Enjoy and be safe.....It has been a pleasure creating this for you.

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