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kshafer 08-14-2006 12:13 PM

Homemade Stands
do you guys have any suggestions on making stands yourself? i dont have the money and i have stuff laying around that i can use. any suggestions or drawingswould be great.

Arrowmaster 08-14-2006 12:25 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
Years ago I use to nail steps to a tree and build myself a platform in the fork of a tree. Then either build a seat on the platform or put a bucket on the platform to sit on. But ya have to remember those stands need maintained. I got by that way for years. Not the safest stands but if careful will get you by in a pinch... Now we construct ladder stands on one of my buddys land. These stands are anchored to the tree and ground. Those cost around 75 dollars to build...

Tigerfan 08-14-2006 05:19 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
Arrow master you are crazy. There is no way I would do that, we had a kid the other day that died when he fell 30' from one of those he was building.

As far as building a stand, exactly what do you have, this will determine what you can do. I have a good way of building them, I just need to know what you have.

kshafer 08-14-2006 05:51 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
i have a bunch of plywood and 2x4s, i have some steel too, just let me know what you do and ill see if its possible.

Tigerfan 08-14-2006 07:22 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
ok, I will draw some up and get them to you. It may be towards the end of the week if that's ok with you.

kshafer 08-15-2006 05:48 AM

RE: Homemade Stands
ya that will be fine, i just need help with the designs.

Black Eagle Archer 08-15-2006 01:17 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
My dad used to make homemade ladder stands.

Use 2 long 2x4's for the ladder with 2x4 rungs. Build a platform to stand on ...say 3'x4', make sure to cut a notch out of the back of the platform to sit against the tree.Hewould alsoplace 2 2x4's fromt he underside of the platform down to the ladder for strength.A couple of eye bolts and ratchet straps to hold it in place.

One tip. Put the platform a couple of feet lower thenthe top of the ladder to aid in safety of climbing in and out.

Don't forgetyour safety harness !!!!

Kybuckhunter 08-15-2006 02:18 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
There is no way you should hunt from wooden stands. If it's not treated it wont last. If its nailed to the tree the nails will pull out as the tree grows. They need a lot of up keep that most people just don't give.

You can buy stands that are cheap and dependable. I hunt from a 15 foot ladder stand that's 49 dollars. You cant hardly buy the metal for that cost.

I use a Lone Wolf climber that's pricey but worth the money.

Tigerfan 08-15-2006 05:01 PM

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I do agree as long as you are talking ladder stands. As far as box stands go, if you have the lumber already it is cheaper to build one. I have both built and bought, the cheapest bought stand that I have was over $400 and it is a 4x4 10' tall. Allthough it may last a lot longer I have a 16' 5x5 that I build with scrap lumber that cost half that much. Wooden stands do take yearly maintenance, they need to be painted, nails/screws checked, any rotting needs to be replaced immediatly. When I build a ladder for either a box or a ladder stand I use a two rung method. If the ladder is 18" wide then I have a 2x4 18" and another one 14" and they are nailed together and then nailed to the ladder legs. This is a lot safer way to do it but, it does cost a lot more to do as well.

GAmagman 08-15-2006 07:30 PM

RE: Homemade Stands
You can look up treehouse plans on the internet. There are a ton of them. Just choose a simple one.

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