Balcony / Library Ladder that can be stored in a horizontal position. - Fine Homebuilding

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Balcony / Library Ladder that can be stored in a horizontal position.

comments (1) February 6th, 2013 in Project Gallery
Custom made ladder that is hinged so it can be stored horizontally.
Ladder in its stored position.
The hinge is made from 2 brass rail parts.
When not in use a hinged shelf on the opposite wall supports it for horizontal storage. A pulley system could be constructed using 1/4 sash cord and pulleys to support it from the ceiling.
The steps are held in place with 1/4 solid brass rod that is threaded on the ends and fastened by acorn nuts with a solid brass knob backplate as the washer.
Custom made ladder that is hinged so it can be stored horizontally.Click To Enlarge

Custom made ladder that is hinged so it can be stored horizontally.


This is what I call a "balcony ladder". It is similar to the library ladders of old. 
 
The hinge is made from 2" brass rail parts. The steps are held in place with 1/4" solid brass rod that is threaded on the ends and fastened by acorn nuts with a solid brass knob backplate as the washer.
 
The ladder legs are 5/4" popular that have been band sawn to create the bow. The steps are mortised into the legs.
 
When not in use, a piano hinged shelf on the opposite wall  flips up, and after the ladder is above it, drops down to support it for horizontal storage. When people see it in this position the "Wow Factor" kicks in big time. A pulley system could be constructed using 1/4" sash cord and pulleys to support it from the ceiling.
 
The braces below 3 of the steps are intended to minimize racking - 3 sets seems to be the optinum number. They are not nesessariy meant to support weight - although they do.

Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Jerry Hillenburg

posted in: Project Gallery, finish carpentry, stairs

Comments (1)

TheTimberTailor TheTimberTailor writes: Jerry,
Your ladder is both graceful and functional... nicely done!

BTW Jerry's shop was recently featured on the WoodWeb site. Seeing his shop makes it no surprise to me he turns out this caliber of work.

Matt Jackson
The Digital Jobsite blog at finehomebuilding.com
Posted: 1:26 am on February 7th

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