Super Easy but a Little Tricky Ladder Table Plans

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 21:53
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A simple table reminicent of a small painter's ladder can work as a bedside table or a side table. This is a great project to use up your scraps.

21 1/2"x15 3/4"x14"


Shopping List

2 – 1×3 Boards
1 – 1×2 Boards
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 – 1×2 @ 10 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Shelf Supports)
3 – 1×2 @ 5″ (Top Shelf Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 9″ (Bottom Shelf Supports)
3 – 1×3 @ 14″ (Top Shelf Boards)
5 – 1×3 @ 10 1/2″ (Bottom Shelf Boards)
2 – 1×3 @ 21″ (Back Legs, ends cut at 5 degrees off square, end parallel)
2 – 1×3 @ 22 1/4″ (Front Legs, ends cut at 20 degrees off square, ends parrallel)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface
Take a square after each step
Use wood glue
Countersink all screws with a countersink bit (or use Pocket Hole Technology)
Be safe, use necessary safety equipment
Remember that you can click images for a larger view


Step 1

Build the top shelf supports as shown above using the 1×2 @ 10 1/2″ and the 1×2 @ 5″. Screw together using 2″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Using the 1×3 boards 14″ long, fasten through the supports into the underside of the shelf boards as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Just like the top shelf, put the bottom shelf support together as shown above. Use glue and 2″ screws.

Step 4

As you did the top shelf, screw thought the supports into the underside of the shelf boards using 2″ screws and glue. Use the diagram above to guide you.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any visible holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired.


Okay (not verified)

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 22:49

Another great project Thanks Ana.
if it is possible, i would also love to see kid two Step Stool plan.

~Sha~ (not verified)

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 23:59

Nice, I was thinking of making a couple stools for the workshop, and may try to modify this one for the height requirements! Perfect! I am seeing bright red!

Diana (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 02:29

Definatly my next project, I might even have to work on this one today! I really need a side table/plant stand for my front porch and I cringe every time I see the $30-40 price tag on a tiny little folding end table at the big box store!

rach (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 03:26

I love this idea--simple, but cute! I would also love to see the larger-version ladder shelf that PB sells.

Chris (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 04:00

Love it! I have added this to our "to make" list. We will make 2 for our boys room and I am thinking of painting them blue. :) Thanks so much!

Betsy (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 04:02

Great plan! I could so see this on the front porch, with some plants on it.

How long do the initial boards need to be?

Faith (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 04:15

Thanks Ana! I'm going to try to makle a couple of these for my mom for Mother's Day. They will look great on her patio. Got any plans to make plans for a glider or adirondak chairs? Those ould be great for my mom too!

Melissa (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 05:23

A *PERFECT* plan for a help-mommy-cook stool. Question - Besides the fact that it would be really over-built, is there any reason I can't make the whole thing out of 1x3s? I've got tons left over from the Reclaimed Wood Headboard.

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 06:54

Thanks everyone, there is no reason, Melissa, you couldn't use up your 1x3s. But just remember a 1x2 is like $1.

amanda (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 12:08

Love it! My husband is good at puzzles, and I'm less than 5'3", so this may need to be bumped up in our "must build" list ;)