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How to build A Stand

ya i was wondering if n e 1 has n e good websites where it shows how to build a treestand

im gunna start building one soon
does n e 1 have n e suggestions of site...it would help me out alot .....or comments on the right way to build one

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Hi Kwaldier

It depends alot on how big you want it, what kind of materials you want to use, etc. and...how much money you want to put into it. My Hubby just put 2 up on our property. They are big enough for both of us to be in to bow hunt. Here is what he did.

4 treated 4x4 posts 10' long sunk in the ground about 2 1/2' for stability
then the flooring on that is treated 4x8 sheet of plywood. Not fancy grade. The walls are made of 2x4 studs and have masonite on the outside. Windows are cut out of the masonite and hinged and have eye hooks for shutting them. Door is done the same way. Most of them open from top to bottom so you don't have worry of it coming loose and smacking you when shooting. LOL 2x4s for the roof 'frame' then plywood on top with black felt paper, flashing at the edges and shingles. We then took paint and 'camoflauged' it. Tan, green, black and brown. The stairs he built with treated 2x8. When we moved here they had left the leftover scrapes from when they had put carpet in last, so we put some of them down inside to help muffle for noise. He built 2 wooden 'chairs' (benches) to sit on. Works great will last a long time and the cost was fairly minimal (compared with buying a premade or you assemble blind) but this was also before the lumber prices went up due to the re-construction of New Orleans, etc.

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Really if you want an effective stand you need to wait until season is out, and the deers go more nocturnal like in the spring. If you build a monstasity though they can be nive and are very comfortable, most likely you wont have any decent size deer moving around it. The loop hole however could be to build a small stand in a tree. Now my old man would shoot me if I put nails in any trees so i have had to figure it out. the best scenario is to find a big tree that splits or two trees right nxt to each other. Make a frame that is wide enough to fit snugglly between both, and taper them slightly. then box in snuggly around the tree. Once its secuerd jump up and down on it, get it set in place. make sure your strapped in if you dont trust your self. then just nail some longer stuff like a 4' 2x6 to the ends and create a floor system. deck it with what you want. Then if your alright with using foot pegs, use those. I used an old telephone pole, that was about 23' long, but not huge, two of us set it up, and just leaned it up, boxed it into the floor and then nailed 2x4s for steps. It was a little wirey at first, but once the pole and the floor got settled its like a rock. Sorry for the length, hit me up if you have any questions. It also helps that I am a carpenter.

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Really if you want an effective stand you need to wait until season is out, and the deers go more nocturnal like in the spring. If you build a monstasity though they can be nive and are very comfortable, most likely you wont have any decent size deer moving around it. The loop hole however could be to build a small stand in a tree. Now my old man would shoot me if I put nails in any trees so i have had to figure it out. the best scenario is to find a big tree that splits or two trees right nxt to each other. Make a frame that is wide enough to fit snugglly between both, and taper them slightly. then box in snuggly around the tree. Once its secuerd jump up and down on it, get it set in place. make sure your strapped in if you dont trust your self. then just nail some longer stuff like a 4' 2x6 to the ends and create a floor system. deck it with what you want. Then if your alright with using foot pegs, use those. I used an old telephone pole, that was about 23' long, but not huge, two of us set it up, and just leaned it up, boxed it into the floor and then nailed 2x4s for steps. It was a little wirey at first, but once the pole and the floor got settled its like a rock. Sorry for the length, hit me up if you have any questions. It also helps that I am a carpenter.

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Very true....'now' is not a good time of year to put up a new one. We built ours in the summer and all the mommas and babies watched the progress, walking around as we were building them. Pay-off has been good, now we are close to their movement, and this week we have had quite a number of NICE 10 and 12 pointers around. They are huge bodied, you can sure tell them from the does just at a glance at the body, they look like cows they're so big. (This is the first season we've owned this property. We used to live in a different state and the bucks there although we did get alot of 8 pointers didn't have near the body of these.) So yes, as bambikiller mentioned, now it would be best to wait till Spring.

Good Luck!

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Bowlady,
How much was everything to build those two stands?

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All together we spent right at $600. They are screwed, not nailed. This includes flashing to prevent water damage on the roof edge, and then we painted the masonite to camo it. Designed it in trees, etc. Since the stands are amongst Cedars we were able to also use green as well as black, tan and brown. There are 2 windows on each of the long sides and one on the short side and one in the door to enable you to see in all directions and have some open and some closed for cover. I bought camo screen material and will make screen covers to put over the windows for more cover, although it's not bad without them. (I call them curtains, and fatherinlaw makes fun of me...."a HUNTING blind....with....CURTAINS???" lol) They are great and as I said the deer hung around as we built them, and that seems to be their favorite 'hang out' places. Will be really nice when the weather is cold as we have 30+mph winds up here and that will help to keep some of the bite down from the wind.

Good Luck

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That doesnt seem to bad, I think I may build something similar

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here is a pic of my deer\bear stand there is about $10 into this one. It is 4'x4' , walls are 3' and when it is being used for bear I put camo burlap around it you can see out but not in.

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Wow how did you get it so high? thats crazy

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It's not really that high it just looks like it. It's about 16' high.
First I built the ladder then put up the cross braces to the two trees (lagged in w/8" lag bolts)then pit up the ladder to hold the floor like a tri-pod then put up walls then roof every thing was pre- cut before being brought out.

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