1. Without question this will be a wonderful addition in my house. Actually, there may be two of these in my future. I built barrister bookcases for a friend that are seven feet tall. I think one of these as a surprise gift that will enable her to reach the top shelf will be fabulous. I have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next project. Now my anxiousness has turned to excitement. Thank you for this upcoming exciting project. I love the detail of the joinery I was able to pick up in the closeup shots. Oh boy, this will be a fun project.

    Dan Roper

  2. I’ve been waiting for this project since its first public viewing a few months back (Facebook). I think I will be starting immediately from the first episode. Please, please tell us where to get the special hinges. I have family who live in the UK, and would be able to get them for me and post to Australia.

  3. Looking forward to making this project.

    I think some more guidance on the requirements for the hinges would be helpful, please. I managed to find some 6″ trestle hinges online but it says they only open to approx 30 degrees, the drawing looks like they need to open to 38 degrees. Am I right to think this could be a problem? Thanks.

    1. Yes, more info on the hinge would help since I suspect many of us never heard of these hinges. A search for them from the U. S. brings up a lot of European and British sites where the hinges are very modestly priced in pounds and euros. Similarly what looks like the same hinge can be bought on ebay and shipped from the U.K. But on Amazon here there is only a rather expensive “Trestle Paste Board Joint Hinge” for a lot more money. It looks to be the same hinge and is from what I think is a U.K. company, Ironmongery World. And none of the ones I have been looking at online say how widely the open! Thanks for any advice here!

  4. I can’t tell what happens with the top step when the ladder is folded. Does it flop over and rest against the non-step side of the ladder? or is it levering against the hinges?

    1. Hello Harvey,
      This depends very much on the type of pine. However, most pines would work just fine. Paul says that historically, pine has been the preferred wood for creating vernacular stepladders. Also, spruce is the strongest wood for weight to strength ratio of all woods.
      Best, Phil

  5. Is there a typo in the cut list? The Mortise pieces are listed at 9.5 inches in the list and 8.5 inches in the drawing? My guess is the drawing is right and too long is easier to fix than too short but just thought I would ask. Thanks, –mike–

  6. I am sure this will be covered in a later episode, but I am curious as to how the front lip will be joined to the top lattice. Not looking for a detailed explanation, just trying to make sure I have a basic grasp of the various steps to completion of the project. Thanks.

  7. The U.K. will not ship the trestle hinge to the us. A solution would be to let us buy through woodworking mastclass. We send you the money then you send us the hinges. I have all pieces cut out. The hinges are going to be my hold up. Or is there another type of hinge that can be used instead of the trestle hinge. It’s a little frustrating to build a project and then can’t get the hardware. What other options might there be?

  8. Trestle Joint/Hinge Information.
    Just received my: Cast In Style N1045 Kirkpatrick 1776 Trestle Joint size medium 8″ / 203mm (How nice of Mr. Kirkpatrick to commemorate the date of our declaration!!) cost per pair 18.98 GPB and almost as much for shipping to the States.
    Very well made and the pin is supported by an additional washer that will require a bit more clearance to lay flat but not an issue.
    Should be noted that the opening is approximately 45 degrees so unless you do a bit of smithing you will not have parallel arms, not an issue for me.



    1. Sorry but we can’t give an answer to this because there are too many factors to take into consideration. You would need to think about wood type, intended use of the step ladder and who would be using it and other factors.

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