I have an easy project to share with you today! I love using reclaimed wood for outdoor projects. Sometimes I just make stuff up as I go along, and learn better ways to do things, that is the case with this project. The next rustic ladder plant display I make will be a little different.
I’m still working my way through the yummylicious perfectly weathered reclaimed wood including fence boards, 2×4’s, 4×4’s and MORE!
For this project I chose a 4×4 and a 2×4. The 4×4 about 6 feet, the 2×4 was probably 8 feet.
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The first order of business was to cut the 4×4 in half. That’s why you see both tape measures laying there. I keep the orange one on this saw stand, and my self centering tape measure is generally on my smaller compound miter saw. The self centering was used to measure the length of the board and quickly tells me where the center of the board is. <math challenged>
After cutting the 4×4 in half, I cut one end at an angle to allow it to rest easily on the ground or driveway.
I cut it on an angle at approximately 33°
I tested the angle on the driveway to see how much slope I got on the 4×4. Works for me!
I cut three pieces of the weathered 2×4 at 13” in length.
A small level is a must to make sure that the shelf is level to the ground WHILE the display ladder is leaning against a solid surface.
I have been using this extra long drill bit for years when I need a pilot hole in bed posts for headboard benches.
You don’t have to drill pilot holes, but these long screws get a little floppy, so having the pilot holes just makes things a little easier. I put one screw in both sides of all the shelves, and then went back and added a second screw on each, countersinking all screws a) to hide them and b) to give them more hold into the 2×4 shelf.
I took these photos so you could see (and I could remember) the measurements of each of the stages. The overall length of the 4×4 is about 31.75”, There is about 9” clearance between the shelves, and each of the shelves are 13” in length. The bottom right image shows the angle that will allow the rustic ladder display to lean and make the shelves level.
Here it is leaning up against my diy picket fence. The best thing about this project? It can be out in the weather for many more years.
I only had one planter to display on it for this photo shoot, and I think this is just a proto-type. When I make another, I will make it taller using a longer 4×4. Since I didn’t really know what I was doing I just grabbed the first one I could find. I might cut the top of the 4×4 on an angle the next time.
You could make this with new lumber, but I would use treated lumber for outdoors.
I love making fun and easy projects to fill the time at the end of a day or while I’m waiting for paint to dry. I still have a lot of this reclaimed lumber left for many more projects. I have another ladder type idea on my brain—look for it sometime in the near future.