Making a Ladder and a Peg Rail

My next project was to make a ladder so I could repair the roof of the little house.  I used some wood that we had left over from the pallets and any other wood I found around our garden.  Daddy helped me with this project.  I was not able to use the leather twine I had made because I didn’t have enough so I used rope instead.  The ladder will not be that high  but nevertheless high enough for me to reach the top window.  First we made the ladder frame by placing the horizontal  poles at an angle, with the two poles meeting at the top.  We lashed a longer rung at the bottom and a shorter rung at the top.  To lash the rungs to the poles I used  a diagonal  lashing.  When making the diagonal lashing I started with a timber hitch and wrapped the rope diagonally  around the  rung and the pole.   After making a full turn I started to go in the opposite direction.  I continued in this way until the rung was firmly attached.  I repeated the procedure on the other side, and then on the other rung:

Starting a hitch

Starting a hitch

I was a little nervous about it holding my weight, but my weight actually helped to stabilise the ladder, and the angle of the frame prevented the knots traveling down the frame:

Me standing on my ladder!

Me standing on my ladder!

The peg rail I did totally by myself .  I made this from door handles and wood from an old cot . Firstly I cut the wood to size and drilled holes with a 3.6 volts screwdriver and a 4.5 mm drill piece .  Next I screwed the handles in, then I dyed the whole thing brown with wood preservative.  I intend to screw it to the wall of the playhouse for the babies nighties to hang on:

My peg hooks

My peg hooks

Making Twine and Rope from Leather & Learning Knots

My interest  this week was leather working.  We had some  leather from an old sofa that Mummy wanted cut up and kept for an occasion like this.  I made some twine by cutting the leather in a circle like this:

Here is a half cut twine from a circle of leather

Here is a half cut twine from a circle of leather

I also made some laces by cutting a rectangle of leather into thin strips:

Making leather strips

Making leather strips

With the twine I made some rope by plaiting it. I did this by tying three pieces of twine together and plaiting it how mothers plait their daughter’s hair. I had help from Mummy to do this:

Here is the rope I made with my lengths of twine

Here is the rope I made with my lengths of twine

I decided that before I would make the ladder I would learn to make a few different types of knots.  I made an impromptu dagger from pieces of wood from the garden.  I attached them together using the timber hitch to fasten the twine to the sticks and then used diagonal strapping to hold the two sticks firmly together.  These are the knots I will be using to make my ladder next week:

My dagger

My dagger

I will hopefully be using the rope I made for other projects from my SAS survival book.