Re: drop run ladders - a better way?
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I will give you my solution and Craig Zeni has another and Schuyler
Larrabee has another.
I used a jig to create the holes as they need to be the same on the
sides as the ends. For the styles I used a thicker Aluminum foil. This
left me with a nice thin style. The real secret is to NOT drill holes for both
sides of the drop grabs, dill only one and clip the run shot to match the
opposing side. This eliminates the possibility of the grabs from becoming
I am sure there are other solutions and Schuyler did use styrene.
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through
In a message dated 1/18/2015 4:43:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
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?
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