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    I'm in the process of building a new house. The shop will be a room in part of the garage (about 17x19). As we were walking through the framing last week, it dawned on me that the ceiling in the shop will be 10-12' high. So I'm thinking that I'd like to put a loft in part of it to store materials. To access it, I'm thinking that a rolling library ladder would be nice.

    It doesn't take much of a google search to find a $1000 ladder in this class. I'm not sure that I want it that bad. Have any of you guys built your own, or do you have any suggestions on building one?

    thanks,
    -Eric

  • #2
    It couldn't be to hard to buy a ladder, attach a shelf at the top of the ladder that rolls down the wall on pole barn door track hardware with rollers on the bottom of the ladder.
    It's only ink and paper

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    • #3
      Eric,

      I've installed something similar in my shop. The materials I used were chain-link fence components and half of an aluminum extension ladder. I don't have any close up pics right now, but can get some if you're interested. Here are some overall images.

      Mark





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      • #4
        Hi Mark,

        I like the way that looks. I've got a couple of wooden ladders to pick from. What did you use for the rollers on the top? Are they curved to follow the rail? Is it a little bouncy in the middle?

        thanks,
        -Eric

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        • #5
          What is that vast expanse of grey material at the bottom of your pics?

          I don't have that in my shop.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by yf
            What is that vast expanse of grey material at the bottom of your pics?

            I don't have that in my shop.
            In my shop it's called the 'uncluttered' spot. It isn't nearly as big around as what is in the pictures. Nor nearly as tall.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by d1ulookin4
              Hi Mark,

              I like the way that looks. I've got a couple of wooden ladders to pick from. What did you use for the rollers on the top? Are they curved to follow the rail? Is it a little bouncy in the middle?

              thanks,
              -Eric
              Any wheel with rubber tires could be used - take the tires off and you have self-guiding hubs. I'd run a U strap under and around the rail pipe to keep the shiney side up.

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              • #8
                http://www.leevalley.com/home/main.asp
                Is the place to find the hardware for that type ladder its in the hardware catalog section They also have pictures
                Glen
                Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
                I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
                All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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                • #9
                  Rollars for a sliding chain link gate will work with some modification. They also have ball bearing in the wheels.
                  Don\'t ask me to do a dam thing, I\'m retired.
                  http://home.earthlink.net/~kcprecision/

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                  • #10
                    Remember that for the library ladder to work, you need a strip of clean, clear accessible floor for the ladder to roll on.

                    "clean , clear , accessible floor"...get it, that's joke.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the replies. That's exactly what I was looking for.


                      Originally posted by john hobdeclipe
                      Remember that for the library ladder to work, you need a strip of clean, clear accessible floor for the ladder to roll on.

                      "clean , clear , accessible floor"...get it, that's joke.
                      Yea, either that or oversized tires.

                      -Eric

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                      • #12
                        Rollerblade wheels on the bottom...
                        "Lay on ground-light fuse-get away"

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                        • #13
                          Nice looking shop!!!! I made some library steps following some pic's I saw in an antiques price guide these things were very popular in days gone bye so anyway there are plenty examples of smaller stuff in these antique price guide catalogues patrick spielman shows the one in his book the art of the router . I also copied this as we have high ceilings in our house he doesn't show plans however and guess what he never made the one in his book anyway keep looking regards Alistair
                          Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                          • #14
                            Here are some close up pics.

                            These are the same parts that Charlie refers to, sliding chain link gate hardware. You can see pretty clearly how I mounted the parts. It's pretty solid, but you can make the bar move if you try.

                            As for the "clean, clear accessible floor", I seem to only have pics of my shops after I drag everything outside to do a yearly cleaning, so what you see is not typical. :-)

                            Mark







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