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Old 06-17-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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Built some steps

I've had several people on facebook ask me about the steps I built. I saw a fellow in the neighboring campsite taking down a set of steps that became the foundation of my idea. I liked that the steps could be taken down fairly easily, but I wanted something almost pop-up. So I modified his design into a folding style, incorporating full stair treads. When you fold out the stairs, and fully extend the cross members, you then insert a lock pin into the mating hinges, thereby locking the cross members straight. Once all are locked, begin inserting the step supports into the slots, and insert the treads into the resulting cradle. The dogs are much happier now!
I've also included re-drawn plans for this build. Everything (minus the treads) were cut from one sheet of 3/4" plywood. The treads were purchased from Lowe's. I bought the unfinished pine treads (11" x 48") for around $11 each. You could certainly spruce it up with oak treads and birch plywood.

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Old 06-19-2019, 10:29 PM   #2
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Looks good. They look very stable and easy to set up/take down.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:59 AM   #3
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Great build and thanks for sharing!!
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:02 AM   #4
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Looks good. They look very stable and easy to set up/take down.
They were still a bit wiggly at first, then I added the folding X-brace at the back. Now they don't move at all. And they're easy enough to set up that it's a task I give to the teens, while I'm hooking up electric/water/sewer. I've asked if they want to switch jobs - both will beat feet to the steps to start working and claim their spot...
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:19 AM   #5
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They were still a bit wiggly at first, then I added the folding X-brace at the back. Now they don't move at all. And they're easy enough to set up that it's a task I give to the teens, while I'm hooking up electric/water/sewer. I've asked if they want to switch jobs - both will beat feet to the steps to start working and claim their spot...
Lol...teenagers
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:55 AM   #6
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Totally forgot about the ungodly amount of hinges this takes. Each straight crossmember takes four hinges: one at each side, and two in the middle - one on front and one on back. Pull the pin on the hinge that will be the locking set. The X-brace takes four hinges on the sides, and I used two hinges on the middle fold (can't see that in the pics) and one locking hinge in the front. All told, there are 19 hinge sets in play.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:07 AM   #7
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Very clever design. Thanks for sharing.
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