Step 15: Final Thoughts

The stepladder works well as a stepladder (who would have guessed!).

If I was going to build this project again, I would see if I could make deeper steps. I was limited by the quantity of wood I had on hand. It works fine with the shallow steps, but deeper steps would be nice.

Now that the stepladder is done, I can see it would have worked fine with two steps instead of three. Not a big deal though.

A slightly wider stepladder would be nice too, it would be that much more stable.

Getting the stepladder to fold flat properly would have been nice. Following the plan more closely would have fixed that. Alternatively, you could make a full-size or scale model of the folding joint using scrap, to make sure that the folding parts will sit together properly when closed.

I think you could build a reasonably tall ladder using a similar layout, but you would want to angle the legs outwards, and then you would need to use something other than dado joints for the steps.

I am quite keen to make more projects with moving parts like this, it is neat being able to change the size of the stepladder for storage. Maybe you could make a fold-out toolbox ... or a transforming coffee table ... the possibilities are endless. :-)
when you are cutting the wood,what can you do to prevent or lessen the splintering of the wood.
<p>Don't mean to cause a war over this, but you could also use a sharp handsaw as an alternative. spelk/spelch is pretty non resistant and even more-so if you slice the grain fibers along your cut lines with a marking knife. </p><p>Might be something you might try to look into, but go with what works for you. Hand tools just make sense for myself for countless reasons.</p>
This is a VERY late reply, but better late than never; a simple solution to prevent any damage of the wood when cutting with any rotary saw is to have the blade resharpened to a tooth angle. Most cutting blades for rotary saws have the tooth edge perpendicular to the piece to be cut, thus it &quot;rips&quot; the fablers of the wood; if the edge is angular to the wood it will cut progressively and give a perfect smooth cut, even with laminates.
A zero clearance insert would help with this
Same goes with the miter saw and table saw
Hi Jon, I would try cutting the wood slowly and gently. You can also use a piece of scrap behind the piece you are cutting, this should help prevent splintering.
I to have an old wood attic ladder I &quot;found out at the curb&quot; one night.... <br>Now I have a use for it!!!
I just removed an old wood attic ladder to be replaced by a safer aluminum ladder. From your project I now have ideas on what to do with the old wood ladder sections. Thanks
great job.<br> <br> have you had any problem with your 3mm spacer screws from step 12 wearing into the underside of the ladder top?<br> <br> Do you think that some of the felt or rubber peel and stick feet would work instead of the screw heads?<br> not sure if i described what i was thinking of very well so here is a link to some i found online to give you an idea ..<a href="http://www.westfloridacomponents.com/RubberFeet.html">feet</a>
Hi Lorddrake, recently I modified the stepladder to remove those screws at the top - they were actually pushing the joint open, as the dado joint is weakest in that direction. <br> <br>To fix this I removed the screws in the top, and fabricated blocks of wood which I screwed onto the step uprights. When the ladder is open these sit firmly against the side of the top (not the slats) and work much better.
The spacer screws have made a little divot in the wood where they press in, but apart from that they work fine. <br><br>A rubber pad or feet would probably work even better, but I was just using what I had at the time. :-)<br><br>If you were building this from scratch, hopefully you could set things up so that you didn't need any spacers at the top, the legs would just fit closely against the top when you open the ladder.
It simply and simultaneously a high class! I wish to make for a long time same. Thanks.
awesome work ill have to make one seeing as my shop is always in need of another small stepladder and i see ur table with the vodka bottles! im gonna be making a coffee table with jaeger bottles and such as the tabletop when im finally done working for uncle sam who btw is the worst uncle ever! lol
I'm a real rookie at finishing, but when I last tried poly with foam brushes, I ended up with a lot of bubbles. I found some water based poly, and it's a lot easier to wash out of the brushes.
Beautiful work, pipe 42!
Thank you! Every project is a learning experience for me, as you can see by the adjustments I had to make. :-)