Post by Steve King (Admin) on Apr 1, 2009 11:52:54 GMT -6
To build the ladder, buy 6' of 1"-dia. dowel and two 8'-long 2x4s, or scrounge materials (scrap wood, old paddle shafts, broom handles, or maybe even an old, broken ladder) to fit the measurements on the illustration. Drill centred holes halfway through the uprights as shown, and fasten dowels in place with screws. To assemble each foot, sandwich 3" pieces (fitting snugly on either side the 2x4 uprights) between two 2'-long pieces using 3" screws. For compact storage, don’t screw the uprights in place, so you can pull them out of their slots in the feet.
For the bolas—named for their resemblance to a South American hunting weapon—secure a golf ball in a vise and drill a centred, 5/16"-dia. hole halfway through. Repeat for two sets of six matching balls (you can use balls in two different colours, or draw a stripe on one set with permanent marker). Fill the holes with glue, then jam in the ends of 14"-long pieces of 1/4"-dia. braided line.