What you’ll need:
-Long branches the height of your ladder (approximately 3-3 1/2” round)
-Shorter branches (approximately 1 1/2-2” round)
-(1) 1” Hole saw
-(1) 1” Forstner drill bit
-Miter saw, or hand saw
-Razor blade or pocket knife
Start by cleaning your branches. You can use a pocket knife or a razor blade to scrape off the bark and smooth them out.
Once you have the majority of the bark off, use your sander to smooth the wood. Don’t sand it too much, though, you’ll want to keep the weathered grey as much as you can!
Cut all of your rungs with your saw so that they are nice and straight.
Clamp your branch to a stable surface.
Center the 1” hole saw on the end of your branch and drill in 3/4”.
Chip off the wood on the outside of the hole.
Use the Forstner bit to drill holes along each side of your long branches (make sure that they are lined up so that your rungs are level!).
Fill the holes with a little bit of wood glue and attach the rungs!