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Balcony/Library Ladder

Listing #4367   Listed on: 03/10/2014

Company Name: Jerry Hillenburg & Co.

Contact Name:   Jerry Hillenburg
This is what I call a "balcony ladder". It is similar to the library ladders of old, but is hinged so that it can be stored in a horizontal position when not used.

The ladder legs are 5/4" popular that have been band sawn to create the bow. The steps are mortised into the legs.

The hinge is made from 2" brass rail parts and a 2" diameter cherry dowel rod.

The steps are secured between the legs with 1/4" solid brass rods that are threaded on the ends and fastened by brass acorn nuts with an Amerock solid brass knob backplate as the washers.

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 the ladder 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 instead of using a shelf.

The braces below 3 of the steps are intended to minimize racking - 3 sets seems to be the optimum number. They are not necessary meant to support weight - although they do.

The ladder pictured is a balcony ladder that is in what used to be my showroom / office. I am retired now and the cabinet displays have been replaced with a sitting area that includes an often used napping sofa.

For a tour of my shop and an explanation of how I retired from my cabinetmaking business at age of 50, go to the Shop Gallery and search Jerry Hillenburg & Co. or paste; http://www.woodweb.com/galleries/shop/posts/1425.html


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Ladder in down position, front view.

 
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Ladder in down position back view. Note the piano hinged shelf on the opposite wall that is flipped up. After the ladder is above it, it drops down to support the ladder for horizontal storage (see next two pictures).

 
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Ladder in stored position.

 
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Close up of the end of the ladder in stored position sitting on the hinged shelf.

 
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Close up of ladder rail and steps.

 
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Closeup of the hinge that uses brass bar rail parts and a 2" cherry dowel rod.

 
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Close up of the backside of steps.

 
Viewer Comments:


Posted By: John Bacon     [03/22/2014]
Thanks Jerry!


Posted By: Jerome Scott     [03/25/2014]
As an outsider (I'm an arborist and prefer to saw wood when it's still alive) it's great to see art like this.


Posted By: Jerry Hillenburg     [03/25/2014]
John, Jerome, thanks for your nice comments.


Posted By: Ken     [03/28/2014]
Nicely done and very innovative!


Posted By: Jerry Hillenburg     [04/02/2014]
Ken, Thank you.


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