Non-Fiction | 30 July 2015Make Your Own Rope Ladder Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Summer, with its long days and sunny weather, is the perfect time for big projects. Have you ever wanted to craft your own kite? Design your own go kart? Fashion your own rope ladder? 23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 ½ shows you how to do all that and more, and all in your own backyard! With this handy guide and a little help from your parents, you can be flying a kite, driving a go kart, and climbing a rope ladder before dinnertime. 23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 ½ breaks down projects into step-by-step instructions, offers lessons in skills such as sawing wood and tying knots, and includes fun facts about science and the environment. Plus, there’s a clear, colorful illustration to accompany every step so you can check your progress as you go! Whether you’re a super scientist or an eco dude, 23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 ½ has a project that’ll have you reaching for toolbox. Make the best of summer and see how many projects you can complete before heading back to school. Get started with the instructions for how to make your own rope ladder in the excerpt below! Rope Ladder Excerpted from 23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 ½ Need a quick getaway to your favorite hideaway? Or want to get up to the top bunk bed to escape from your pesky brother or sister? Here’s the answer—make your own rope ladder! 1. Measure the height you want your ladder to reach, then add another ó of the height to the overall height. (This allows extra rope for the knots end securing points.) Then double that length —as there’s a rope on each side of the ladder. 2. Now decide how many rungs you will need. Divide the height of the ladder by about 8 in. (or the distance you think you will need between each rung) and that will give you the number of rungs you will need for your ladder. 3. Take your first rung and measure in about 2 in. from the end. Mark a dot where you are going to drill a hole for the rope. Repeat at the other end, then do the same for the rest of the rungs. 4. Hold or clamp one of the ladder rungs steady, Use a nail or awl to make an indent in the wood on top of your marks. 5. Next, with the drill and drill bit, make a hole using the indent as a guide. Repeat for the other end, and for the rest of the rungs. 6. Starting from the bottom of ladder, tie a knot on one end of each rope, then feed a ladder rung down the rope until it reaches the knot you just tied. Now tie another knot on the top side of the rung. 7. Measure up about 8 in. and tie another knot in the rope, then feed another rung onto the rope. Repeat until you finish your ladder length. Do the same for the other side, matching the knot locations for level rungs. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.