The amount of wood you need will really depend on the size of your ladder pot rack. The ladder pot rack I built, and therefore the one we'll be talking about here, can be done with the following:
- 1 8' 1x2 (ladder sides)
- 1 6' 1x2 (ladder steps)
- 8 2-inch screws
- paint or stain
- 4 eye hooks
- 4 swag hooks
- chain - I used about 8 feet (4 2-foot lengths). Your needs may be different depending on how high your ceilings are and how far down you want your ladder to hang.
- hooks from which to hang your pots
Be sure to go for good, straight, quality wood. It's worth the extra pennies it'll cost you over getting the cheap stuff.
- screwdriver (or drill with screwdriver attachment)
Making the Ladder for Your Ladder Pot Rack
As with any woodworking project, or any project in which you use power tools, always put safety first! Wear goggles or other eye-wear, gloves and masks (they're useful even when there isn't a pandemic) and other protective equipment as appropriate. And keep your hands and other appendages away from sharp things.
- Cut the 8 foot 1x2 in half. Just whack it in half. These will be the sides.
- Cut the 6-foot board into 4-16 inch lengths. (or if you want to make it easier and use 18-inch steps, just whack it in half and then half again) These will be the crossbeams or steps and connect to the sides.
- Drill holes in the wide edge of each of the 4-foot 1x2 sides at 6", 18", 30" and 42". It doesn't matter which end you start on as with a 4-foot board you should have 6" left over! (And I didn't even need a calculator for that one!)
- Attach the steps on each side where you drilled the holes. For my example you'll notice that the steps are angled... you can do that or just attach them straight on. Mine are angle because that's the best way to build a ladder, and is not necessary if you're building your ladder pot rack from scratch.
- Paint or stain in whatever color your little heart desires.
- Admire the ladder part of your project.