Quilt ladder

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Recently a severe thunderstorm knocked down a lot of branches at our house. Looking for something to do with this free reclaimed wood, I came upon the idea of a quilt ladder. We have 5-6 quilts that are not on beds, and no place to display them. Now we can look at our natural wood ladder for easy display. See more at http://www.makeitlovely.com/2011/01/built-for-quilt.html

Height: 4 ft, Width: 2 ft


Shopping List

Reclaimed wood (fallen down branches)

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

4 pieces at 25 inches
2 pieces at 4-5 ft

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Take all the bark off of the wood and sand it. Don't worry about it being perfectly rounded, the knots and bumps add character.

Step 2

Divide the height of your ladder by 5 and mark the tall pieces every 1/5 of the height.

Step 3

Pre drill holes through the rung pieces of the ladder.

Step 4

Turn ladder with front facing down and attach the rungs to the tall pieces using 2 or 2.5 in screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


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