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Easy-To-Build Portable Ladder
If you frequently need a ladder in your farm shop, you'll like this easy-to-build portable ladder put together by Alvin Baumgartner, Cissna Park, Ill., using a single 4 by 8-ft. sheet of 1/2-in. plywood and a few pieces of scrap lumber.
He cut the sheet of plywood in half diagonally with a 6-in. "flat top" on one end of each piece - so that he ended up with two identical pieces. The two pieces stand side by side with the 3 I/2-ft. long end on bottom.
He nailed a 5-ft, long 2 by 12-in. board between the two sheets of plywood at bottom and then used 12-in. long pieces of2 by 6's for steps, nailing them between the plywood sheets up the angled sides of the plywood.
The last step was fitting some scrap wheels to the bottom of the ladder and fitting a handle and stand to the front end to make the ladder easy to move around the shop and set up
"One bonus of this idea is that you can use the area between the plywood for storage, and hang tools on the outside of it as well. I put hooks on the outside of it for shovels, rakes, brooms and other tools," says Baumgarmer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alvin Baumgartner, P.O. Box 382 Z.C., Cissna, Park, Ill. 60924.

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4