How to build a swim ladder

By Wayne LennoxWayne Lennox


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Let’s face it: If you have a dock or a swim raft at your cottage, it’s pretty much a given that you need a ladder. I know your daughter’s skinny 18-year-old boyfriend can exit the water gracefully unaided, but those of us who can barely remember being 18 need a little more help. You can, of course, purchase perfectly good metal and plastic swim ladders at any hardware/building store in cottage country, but if you’ve invested in a good dock or swim raft—or you just like having fun with cottage projects—then you may want to consider a sturdier and more attractive alternative.

Designing a top-notch swim ladder can be a tricky business, but there is one thing to be thankful for: Unlike your dock and swim raft, this project requires no permits.

Click here to download the plans.

The article was originally published in August 1998

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May. 26, 2011

12:45 am

Just the pattern I've been looking for. We looked at the metal and plastic ladders for our dock, but just couldn't make the purchase. They just don't "fit in" to the cottage environment. thank you for the directions. Do the wooden steps become slippery? is there something that can be used to prevent slipping?

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