Re: drop rung ladders - a better way?

Robert kirkham

sorry – drop rung, not run.
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 4:43 PM
Subject: [STMFC] drop run ladders - a better way?

I’m slowly working through the 2014 Shake and Take project and have come up against the end ladders.   I’m looking for suggestions others have tried to improve the looks of the finished product.  Mine come out looking like the years have service included a couple of collisions.
The approach I’ve tried is to mark the ladder styles on a sheet of .015” thick styrene, including both vertical and horizontal centre lines for each hole to be drilled.  Then use a pin to create a dimple at each +, and drill through with an #80 bit.  I find it hard to create a dimple in the material at the exact correct spot,  so my drilled holes are imperfect.  The pin is thick enough and creates enough shadow that it looks like it is on the +, but it is imprecise.
Is there a better idea?  Maybe a jig that is practical?
Rob Kirkham

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