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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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elevated box stand?

I have built a few elevated box stands in the past. Most are 4x6 and I just dug into the ground set the post and ran than straight up and than I usually have a tree real close that I brace the stand to the bottom of the trunk for extra stability. I'm looking at building another elevated box stand, but I won't have any trees nearby for the extra stability, so I want to angle the post slightly outward to give it a wider base. Does anyone know roughly what angle these post should be compared to the floor? I know they sell brackets already made for this, but I"m cheap and can fab most stuff myself, just need to know how much of an angle the post should be.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 10:43 AM
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Cabela's sells sleeves for the 4x4 posts according to the guy in this video. Maybe you could look them up and they would tell you the angle. This video is basically what you are wanting to build...

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The angle is 8 degrees both directions


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I dug about 18" deep holes, drilled to put timber spikes across the posts, and used creek water with some ready mix. Doesn't even shake in high wind.
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I have 5 on my property and each one little different. I go with 6 x 6 much stronger wont look back. You can put it any where in middle of field etc. I have the perks of owning a bobcat and attachments. I auger down as far as auger will go 2.5-3' using 12' posts due to only care to be 9-10' off ground. Sit the post and get square and plumb as possible. Our in a bag of secrete in each hole dry then cover rest with dirt and rocks. Of course brace it while you sit the posts with 2x4. I then go to the height desired using treated 2 x 8' for top banding board. I carry my little honda generator using nail gun to tack then drill holes and bolt thru 6x6. I run my floor jices on 1' center makes floor more sturdy and wjen I place treated plywood down I nail with ring nail but apply liquid nail. This all helps keep the squeak down during cold weather. I then remove the 2x4 braces for posts then just run them on a diagonal for more sturdy. After you do this its not going anywhere. I build my box it self in my shop the last couple then take over on a trailer. I lift it up with bobcat and pallet forks and place on. Just easier then doing all the building in the woods. I also build wooden steps with hand railing will not use a ladder.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 08:03 AM
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No need to angle the posts. As long as you're setting your posts below the frost line you're good to go. Heck, mine are have survived for the last decade and the holes are just back filled with crushed stone. Concrete is overkill.
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