The ladder is nearly done. It is in place and just needs to be positioned and anchored.
My granddaughter and I put the grip treads on over the past couple weeks. She helped by applying a black primer to the D. fir treads over a week ago. Yesterday, she did a lot of the work of cutting the self-adhesive sand grit tread strips to length and rounding the corners. I assisted with the utility knife/guidance. She put them onto the ladder treads (first photo). Grandma (the former wife) came by and her reaction, upon seeing it for the first time was "just a bit of overkill?" In the words of Bill The Cat "THPPPTT".
Today, we transported the ladder to Holly's house and set it in place. She definitely likes it (second photo).
It doesn't quite fit as I planned it. Not sure if it is too tall or just what. With the top tread lined up as planned (third photo), the stringers stick up too far at the top (third and fourth photos). Pushing the stringers out to where they should be, the top tread is too far away (fifth photo).
I can fill the gap between top tread and platform without losing anything, I think. Not sure if trimming the bottom ends of the stringers will help with anything.
I am quite pleased with it overall, however, and the final fitting should get done in the next couple days.
"Quality is like buying oats. If you want nice, clean, fresh oats, you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse, that comes a bit cheaper."