Here are some photos of before and after - a deer stand project.
I had these used ladder stands - they were small buddy stand - leaner style.
I decided to convert them to tripod - I have some areas that I need a stand in and there is just not a good tree that is properly positioned there... one is in a semi grown up cut down and one is on an old logging road.
On this one, I put a roof on it - the other I left without a roof.
The rear legs are 1.25" square tubing... These legs are 15' long - the steel is $18 per 20' piece.
The X braces are 1" and 3/4" EMT so they are cheap.
The roof braces are EMT and the roof is a piece of scrap trailer wall I got at work.
13.5' or so to the floor and about 16' to the shooting rail.
I will add camo cloth once I get them up to help hide behind.
Think I am into each one for about $50 not counting the cost of the stand.
Thought I would share - this may be a project that others want to undertake.
One note - PLEASE make sure your welding and engineering / fabrication skills are trustworthy - DO NOT build something that will fall and get you injured or killed!!!