Australian Wood Review #74 (March 2012)

My most recent woodworking article (which I co-wrote with Charles Mak) is featured in issue #74 (March 2012) of Australian Wood Review (AWR).

Our article shows how to build a folding ladder that Charles designed and I built.  The ladder does not fold the way that you would expect – the rungs have pivot points at the ends and disappear into the rails.  You can order your copy from the AWR store.


Yep, that’s me in the lead photo!

Charles is a woodworker who lives in Calgary.  He is a maker of automata and a frequent contributor of tips to woodworking magazines.  (His first published article was about automata and appeared in Lee Valley’s September 2008 Woodworking Newsletter.)

Sheep Shearer, an automata by Charles Mak

5 thoughts on “Australian Wood Review #74 (March 2012)

    1. Hi Mike,

      Though I was limited with what creative liberties I could take, I still enjoyed the build. It’s a neat project for sure.

      How many articles have you submitted to woodworking magazines? Any ideas that you think would make good articles? Perhaps a commentary on woodworking forums?


  1. Well done, Chris. Congrats on the article. The ladder looks very cool. Shame it wouldn’t pass OSHA certification, otherwise I’d use one myself at work.

    1. Thanks, Dyami. Perhaps someone will design and build one that meets OSHA’s requirements. I like how this ladder has a very small cross-section when closed.


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