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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-11-2014, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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DIY ladder stand??

Been tossing around the idea of making a ladder stand possibly a double man stand. Wood sounds like the easiest approach but I'm aiming for a stand with longevity and something I don't really have to worry about becoming a safety concern. Anybody have any suggestions on what to do and how to do it? Maybe some pictures to get my gears turning?

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-11-2014, 09:44 AM
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Re: DIY ladder stand??

I go thru the wood stand thought process every year, but every time it just makes more sense to me to get the nice double ladders from Sportsmens Guide. $ 139+heavy item shipping.

It would not be hard to mimic that design with wood, but like you mention I would get leary of it after a few years.




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Re: DIY ladder stand??

No pictures, but a friend built one. simple 2x4 design, he also added a roof to it. Climb up, sit on platform, feet on top rung of ladder with a roof over your head.

Cost effective for him as he used all scrap materials he had laying around.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-11-2014, 08:51 PM
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I've built many tree stands over the years and like RB I think it's easier and safer to go buy one,figure buying treated lumber a bought one might even be cheaper and definately faster to put up....
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Re: DIY ladder stand??

not a DIY idea but simply because I don't have my own land to build a permanent stand on. I would recommend the two man stand with the canopy / blind from field and stream
I think its the outpost deluxe $249.00

warm and comfortable plus it keeps you out of the wind, rain and snow.

I know its not what you asked but just a plan "B" sort of thing.
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Re: DIY ladder stand??

For a simple treestand the bought ones are definitely cheaper and easier unless you are making an elevated "cabin" then wood is the way to go.

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I've built many tree stands over the years and like RB I think it's easier and safer to go buy one,figure buying treated lumber a bought one might even be cheaper and definately faster to put up....
Same here.

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Re: DIY ladder stand??

I agree buy a stand.
Spend extra time and $ enclosing it with custom walls and or camo.




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Re: DIY ladder stand??

I have built a lot of wooden ladder stands. I use 2x6's for the rails on the ladder and 2x4's for everything else except the floor. If there are no porcupines there I use plywood for the floor. Where the porcupines are I use deck boards. I make them about 16 feet high. They last about 10 years and I don't use treated lumber or paint them. They cost me about $ 40.00 for the lumber and screws.
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Re: DIY ladder stand??

Having had the lumber ones rot out and become a hazard and liability concern for me and others, I'll third the motion for buying one if you are wanting a portable one that you can move around or take in or out. I have a few old, odd aluminum ladder sections around here that I got at auctions cheap, and will become lite wt. ladder stands for me eventually, but buying is probably just as time/$ effective. For non-portable or not as portable, check out the local scrap yard for components made of metal - then you have something that no one will steal and will last and be safer. Make up an axle with bike wheels for it to move it around easier.
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