Project Guide

How to Build a Decorative Wooden Ladder

1
MEASURE AND MARK
Measure and Mark
  • Using the measuring tape, measure and mark the cuts every 18 inches on the 2- x 2-inch x 8-foot select pine board.
  • You will have a total of five sections, 18 inches in length each.
2
MAKE CUTS
Cut
  • Use a circular saw and clamps to make the marked cuts on the select pine board.
  • Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.
3
APPLY PAINT OR STAIN
Apply stain

Paint or stain all cut pieces prior to assembly.

4
DRILL HOLES FOR ATTACHING RUNGS
Drill holes for attaching rungs
  • Mark five holes 12 inches apart and 12 inches from each end on each of the 2- x 2-inch x 6-foot select pine boards.
  • Carefully pre-drill a hole for each using the 1/8-inch drill bit.
  • Make sure the hole goes all the way through the board.
5
DRILL HOLES INTO EACH RUNG
Drill Holes into each rung
  • Hold each rung against the pre-drilled holes and “re-drill” through the holes. 
  • Use the holes you just drilled as guides so that there are aligning holes in each rung.
6
ATTACH RUNGS
Attach rungs
  • Screw 2-inch wood screws through each side into the end of each rung. 
  • Drill all the way in to complete.