How to Build a Blanket Ladder
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- 2 – 1″ x 3″ x 8′ board (actual 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 8′)
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board (actual 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 8′)
- wood glue
- 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws
- wood filler
- 2 – 1″ x 3″ x 60″ board – ladder sides
- 5 – 1″ x 2″ x 16 1/2″ board – rungs
Blanket ladder overall dimensions
Note: I attached the rungs on this blanket ladder with Kreg pocket holes/screws on the backside of each rung. You can alternatively screw from the side of the ladder into the rung (use 1 1/2″ or longer screws). Another design option would be to change the 1″ x 2″ rungs for round dowels, 1″ diameter or larger.
On the back of each rung, drill pocket holes for 3/4″ material on each end.
On each ladder side, measure and mark the following rung placements. Also mark the center of the ladder side. On each rung, mark the centers (width and thickness) on each end.
Apply a dab of wood glue to the rung ends and attach to the ladder sides at the marked places. Secure the rungs with 1 1/4″ pocket screws, repeat for each rung. Allow the glue to dry.
Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the wood filler and blanket ladder until smooth finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper. Paint or stain the ladder and allow to dry.
I seriously dread staining pine because it is so hard to get a nice uniform color. Pine is known for being blotchy and streaky. I wanted a nice rich dark brown/red color and I was surprised and pleased with the outcome. First I applied pre-stain conditioner to the ladder and waited about 30 min. Then I applied minwax dark walnut stain, let it sit for 5 minutes or so and wiped off the excess. I let the walnut dry over night, and was pretty nervous because the ladder was looking more like a zebra than a ladder 🙂 Lastly I applied a nice coat of minwax polyshades mahogany bombay and let that fully dry. The mahogany bombay left a nice rich color on the wood. One perk of the polyshades is that it contains a top coat, so no need for polyurethane later.