Ladder for rugs

One of the most common items in homes in this area is a ladder.  Same was true 1000 years ago, the most common item in a home was a ladder–it’s how people got into and out of their homes or neighborhoods.  Around here these ladders are a common ways to display rugs and quilts.

Last week I made a couple of ladders, one for navajo rugs and one for V’s quilts.  A few miles away in North Valley is a lumber shop that specializes in southwest style lumber.  There I bought a few latillas for the rails of the ladders and, since the surface of the latillas have some jagged areas, I bought milled handrails for the rungs so the surface where the rugs/quilts hang will be smooth.

The leather strips that appear to be attaching the rung to the rail are from my car wash supplies.  I cut strips from an old synthetic chamios that was dirty from wiping our cars for years.  They are for looks only–the rungs are fastened to the rails with wood screws from the back of the ladder.

On this ladder the rungs are V-notched to fit over the rail.  On the ladder below, the rails are dadoed out.

The latillas and the rungs were wiped with a sanding sealer, then a light stain and sprayed with shellac.

By the way, we don’t plan to keep the ladder in the hallway … too much sunlight will damage the rugs, and it’s a hallway.

V  is storing the quilt ladder also in the hallway (she’s getting ready for the Jane Austen luncheon–that’s NOT how THEY refer to it) on Dec 8.)

One this ladder, the rails were notched with a router to receive the rungs and secured by the same wood screws.

V is contemplating leaving the rawhide straps off this ladder for a cleaner look.  The finish on this ladder is natural–no stain, just the shellac finish.