Stepladder: Episode 7

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The last element of the stepladder is the top lock down lattice. Once the mortises and tenons have been cut, it can be glued up. The horns are cut off and a wear plate is fitted.

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  1. Harvey Kimsey on 18 October 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Excellent video! So interesting to see the underside of the tenons being beveled in that fashion. Is it purely a labor-saving decision???

  2. joemonahan on 19 October 2017 at 4:46 am

    Really like the new lighting. Close ups are perfect now. Like the sped up techniques too. Much better than the super speed we have seen in the past. Great work!

  3. Farred on 23 October 2017 at 2:25 am

    Is there a reason Paul didn’t mark the shoulder lines on all five cross rails at the same time (gang them together)? Seems it would have been easier and more accurate.

    • Philip Adams on 26 October 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Chris,
      It can be a bit more fiddly to do this with pieces of a different size. The only other thing is to look at what Paul does at 10:45. There shouldn’t be any changes since cutting the mortise and tenons but this makes sure.
      Does that make sense?

  4. António on 25 October 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Hi to you all!

    Is there a reference (in case I missed) in the video or the blog post about those types of hinges (like the name, or what to look for in those hinges)?

    The reason i’m asking Its the 1st time I saw such hinges.

    Thanks in advance

  5. dotian on 3 November 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Not sure if I’m missing something but the cutting list shows 9½” for the mortise pieces and the drawing shows a finished width of 8½”. When Paul lays out the mortise piece he comes in ¼” at each end which would result in a finished length of 9″?

  6. Dr. Peter Schöberl on 29 July 2019 at 7:31 am

    Dear Mr. Sellers,
    i am sorry but I don’t understand why that piece of brass is screwed on the backside of the highest step of the ladder. Be so kind and help me.
    Best greetings,

    • Izzy Berger on 31 July 2019 at 11:59 am

      Hi Peter,

      It stops the back edge of the tread wearing excessively.

      Kind Regards,

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