Super Easy but a Little Tricky Ladder Table Plans

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 21:53
Difficulty
Beginner
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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.

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

Preparation

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
primer
wood conditioner
paint
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)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Level
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

Instructions

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.

Comments

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 ;)