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?
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.
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.
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.