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This is from WoodSmith magazine. It's a 2 step folding ladder that my Wife will use, instead of the dining room chairs. Folds to less than 2" thick so it will fit between the refrigerator and wall. It is 48" tall.
The one in the book is made of oak, but I'll be using some of my recently acquired walnut.
Here's the book photo and start of working the wood.
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That's a really good idea. I'd never considered one to go between the fridge and the wall. My wife is "altitude impaired" too! :-)

That appears to be nice walnut. I look forward to seeing the grain, and following the project.

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Default Legs, stiles, and steps

I got the pieces all cut out and did the tenons and mortises. Pretty much took the whole day as we were watching our grandson for the day.

I used the tenoning jig with dado blades, and the mortising attachment in the DP. The M&Ts are 3/8" x 3/4" deep.
Here is a sample of what the wood looks like when finished.
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Looks like a great start to what will no doubt be a great project. I will look forward to following the build.

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Another fun project it is. But then again, they all are.

I finished the tenons on the band saw. Never did it that way, so I had to try it. Worked out great after getting the saw set up. I then did a dry fit and used a wood bow to draw the arcs on the top and bottom rails. The band saw was used to cut them, and the sander cleaned them up.

Now it's time to drill some holes. In the legs are 3/8" holes drilled all the way through. The steps have 1/4" holes for the steel pegs. This is done so the steps will rest on the cross pieces and not have the pegs carry the load. I should note here that cross braces are cut at a 15º angle so the steps will rest firmly on them. WHen drilling the 3/8" holes, I goofed and made upper holes in the back legs. Not needed as the top step only pivots in the front. I'll have to make some plugs for fixing my mistake.

The bottom step is put together using 4" strap hinges. You butt the 2 parts together, drill the holes using a hinge centering drill, and screw them on.
NOTE:Be aware of the orientation of the angles on the leg bottoms. Angles of 15º are cut there, and the cross brace tops.

The hinges for the legs are 2" cabinet hinges. Attach them to the rear leg tops, align the legs to the front legs, clamp a block to the front legs, remove the hinges from the rear legs, attach them to the front legs, and re-attach them to the rear legs. Whew.

A 3/8" roundover bit was used on the bottom edges ofsteps where the pivot pins are. A 1/8" RO bit was used on the other step edges.

A dry fit of all parts, and it is starting to look like the step ladder it's meant to be.
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A terrific project Mike and what a difference a full photo shoot makes.
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Got the ladder done.
I drilled a couple shallow 5/16" holes and glued in some super magnets. These hold the top step up for storing. A couple shop made steel straps are screwed under the top step.
Final sanding, reassembly, and finish, and the ladder is done. Wifey loves it.
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Great work Mike and a useful piece of furniture too. SWMBO has been after something like it for a long time.

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great job Mike and im sure it will be put to use often, as a short person i use them a lot.

btw, the green containers in the background, are they plastic coffee containers??
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Nice work Mike. Please don't leave it out on the patio. It might get wet.




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