Tips & Tricks: Ladder does extra duty

Ladder does extra duty

In addition to its intended use, I get extra duty from my folding ladder. I made a series of shelves from scrap plywood that I sit on the rungs as needed. For some tasks, I’ll use a single shelf to keep my tools readily available at a convenient height, or I’ll use several shelves as a drying rack when finishing multiples of a project. I also use the ladder as a support when sawing long pieces with my chop saw. For this, I clamp one of the shelves oriented between the legs, as shown. When I first set this up, I marked the legs to make realigning the shelf easier the next time. 

—Richard Entwistle,
Highland lakes, New Jersey

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