For this project I didn’t even think to make a post about it because I was making it up as I went and only had an hour to do it before the kids came home!
We were using a large tupperware placed upside down for the kids to step on to get onto the tramp – that was a problem for me. It was bright, eye-catching and was starting to cave in!
Mom to the rescue!
WARNING: This ladder is NOT recommend if you don’t have a safety net surrounding your trampoline because the ‘handles’ stick up and it would be easy for a face to hit into the wood. Please be cautious!
12 4″-long screws
16 3-1/2″-long screws
Wood Finish (if you desire)
Table Saw for Ripping (I used my Kreg Rip Cut Jig)
Angle Tool (recommended)
2-4 Wood Clamps (at least 20″ long)
Arrange your pieces like this for each of your side sections. Lay them flat on the ground with the legs butted up against something straight. I pre-drilled holes for 4″ screws to attach my pieces (I used 2 screws for each joint which equals 6 for each side).
This little angle tool came in handy with this project for marking where to place my steps. I held it up to the bottom edge of the board pictured and secured the angle tight. For the steps, measure 11″, 22″ & 33″ from the bottom (longest) corner up; set your angle tool on the marks and score across the full width of the board.
Your steps will hang over the side pieces like this and you’ll align the bottom of the steps with the markings you made in the previous step.
The best way to screw the structure together, I think, is to stand up both end pieces on a flat surface, with the backs butted up against a wall. Carefully (and awkwardly) clamp your steps between the side pieces along the placement markings. Once you get the bottom step clamped it’s pretty easy going from there. A mallet came in handy for nudging the steps around to exactly where I wanted them once they were clamped. I used a clamp for each step (place above/below so they’re not in the way for drilling/screwing). Then I used a 4th clamp for the back stretcher (placement isn’t critical, just where ever you want). If you don’t have clamps or only have a few.. improvise! I’ve used ratcheting straps before (lol) or do one step at a time.
Pre-drill holes for placing 2 3-1/2″ screws in each side of your steps/back stretcher, for a total of 8 on each side.
Sand to avoid splinters, especially at the top where the kids will hold.
I used Flood stain, the same as our chicken coop, and it is SO easy & fast to use!