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.


Jannah (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 13:16

I did mine a little different than the plans since I used treated wood I used a 2x2 and a 1x4, even with the different wood I followed the plans and it worked great. My kids are loving stepping up to the trampoline without my help.

Steph (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 07:39

Hi there!

I was thinking of making one of these as a nightstand. What is the average cost of making this (just the materials needed to build, not the tools)?


Kellye (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 02:49

I love this and it's going to be the perfect Mother's Day gift for my Mom. I've already built it and it has one coat of paint! RED! Can't wait to show you!

Heidi (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 01:59

I just finished mine last night, its a gift for a dear friend today! I'll let her paint it herself.

Anyway, it only took me about 15 minutes to cut all the pieces, and an evening to put it together!

Thank you!!!

M Roselius (not verified)

Sun, 05/16/2010 - 13:36

Just built this over an afternoon. Great project - smaller than it looks in the pictures. Maybe it was the screws I used - but initially I had a lot of trouble with the wood splitting as I screwed it together. pre-drilling the holes helped.