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mcmeeple June 14th, 2016 01:28 PM

ladders out of wood
 
I have been contemplating how to make ladders out of wood for a long time (to tack onto my wooden buildings). I settled on the idea of cutting grooves into a board using a dado blade. But the big problem is how do you make a bunch of grooves evenly spaced?

Also, I had assumed I would use a strip of wood the width of ladder. Then I found this video and it struck me. Use a wide board and put groves all the way across. Then rip it into strips the width of the ladder I want. Plus the video shows how to make evenly spaced groves super easy!

Once you have them you can cut to length, paint and tack on with glue or a nail gun (pin nailer preferred). So basically I would make one big board of these that could be cut into numerous ladders

I haven't tried this out yet, but I know some other folks on here are woodworkers so I thought I would share the idea.

Watch the video and I think it should be clear. The main trick is getting the dado blade the right width and depth.


japes June 14th, 2016 01:49 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mcmeeple (Post 2095345)
I have been contemplating how to make ladders out of wood for a long time (to tack onto my wooden buildings). I settled on the idea of cutting grooves into a board using a dado blade. But the big problem is how do you make a bunch of grooves evenly spaced?

Also, I had assumed I would use a strip of wood the width of ladder. Then I found this video and it struck me. Use a wide board and put groves all the way across. Then rip it into strips the width of the ladder I want. Plus the video shows how to make evenly spaced groves super easy!

Once you have them you can cut to length, paint and tack on with glue or a nail gun (pin nailer preferred). So basically I would make one big board of these that could be cut into numerous ladders

I haven't tried this out yet, but I know some other folks on here are woodworkers so I thought I would share the idea.

Watch the video and I think it should be clear. The main trick is getting the dado blade the right width and depth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9MdXzCrTmU

Nice find. Thanks for sharing.

Tornado June 14th, 2016 01:53 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Not a woodworker but I watch a lot of This Old House and at one point they used to use wood 'biscuits' for strength in joints. The device they used to make the the hole for the biscuit would be great for that.

Cool idea. I thought for sure they were going to be made out of popsicle sticks. :)

mcmeeple June 14th, 2016 03:05 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
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Originally Posted by Tornado (Post 2095355)
Not a woodworker but I watch a lot of This Old House and at one point they used to use wood 'biscuits' for strength in joints. The device they used to make the the hole for the biscuit would be great for that.

Cool idea. I thought for sure they were going to be made out of popsicle sticks. :)

I think that is called a biscuit joiner. Would be kind of hard (as far as I can tell) to use that to make evenly spaced grooves like this. With a dado blade you have greater control of the width of the groove...so that seems to be the way to go. I hope to size them such that they fit heroclix or heroscape bases...but I need to do some testing when i get the time in the shop.

These would be solid wood!

I have also been contemplating how to attach them temporarily. Perhaps with poster tac as Grish does? First things first, I gotta make some.

Tornado June 14th, 2016 04:25 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Poster tac is awesome.
I should have bought some sooner.

mcmeeple June 20th, 2016 08:09 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Just did a quick proof of concept. Its a bit of a pin changing blades on the table saw so I was putting it off. Just used one of the dado blades (I don't recall how wide it is), but one blade was perfect.

This is in a crappy piece of wood, but it proves that I can make even grooves that hold both heroscape AND heroclix units (half the base removed). I just need some good hardwood to work with now and I can mass produce ladders! woot. I wish the heroscape unit held in a bit better...but this is mostly for CityScape which is 99% HeroClix...so this is great!

They come out to 1 rung per 2 levels of terrain...which I believe matches the official ladders.

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/...psx0onlcwa.jpg

http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0nk0cqau.jpg

BigThumbToe June 20th, 2016 10:37 PM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Looking good. Are you going to trim the sides to make it the same shape as a half hex?

mcmeeple June 21st, 2016 01:23 AM

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Originally Posted by BigThumbToe (Post 2096914)
Looking good. Are you going to trim the sides to make it the same shape as a half hex?

That was just on a scrap of wood to see if the slots were the right size and that I could make them evenly spaced. Next I will do it on a nice piece of wood and then rip into into strips. I will share the progress and results.

Tornado June 21st, 2016 08:47 AM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Nice, I like it.

TREX June 21st, 2016 11:25 AM

Re: ladders out of wood
 
Well done @mcmeeple . looks like a fairly cheap, simple alternative to getting more ladders.

mcmeeple June 21st, 2016 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by TREX (Post 2096965)
Well done @mcmeeple . looks like a fairly cheap, simple alternative to getting more ladders.

That is the goal! My vision is that the foot print will be the same as a standard ladder (width and depth). I suspect mine will have to be slightly deeper.

Also, I plan to permanently attach them to the back of the smaller buildings. I don't see putting many buildings back to back (instead of side to side), so I don't see how this will ever hurt me.

Then I will have extras at standard lengths for when buildings of different height are next to each other...so mostly 1 and 2 story ladder segments.

My plan is to make one large batch.

It occurs to me that this could make other interesting buildings possible like towers. Or I imagine a pinnacle at the top of a skyscraper only accessible via ladder. Or perhaps a guard tower of some type...maybe at the corners of a prison or other fortification.

Tornado June 21st, 2016 01:31 PM

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Guard Tower would be awesome and may be the 'gateway' to interior play for you. :)


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