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Homemade Ladder stand

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Rembrandt, Sep 19, 2021.

  1. Rembrandt

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    Over the years I've purchased numerous commercial ladder stands. Longevity and quality are lacking....extremely thin walled tubing bolted together with tiny screws and bolts. After a few years they work loose and creak, just don't hold up.

    Liked the concept and basic design of a ladder stand, decided to build one that was sturdy enough to last 15-to-20 years under hard use. Unlike commercial ones that clamp to a tree these would be lag bolted in permanently. Started out with 1" (schedule 40) black pipe, some 5/8" rebar, and sheet of expanded metal. Couple pieces of angle, some 1" solid round stock for splicing joints, and the rest from the scrap pile. Made the ladder and railing in removable sections for transport and ease of installation. Ran tubing through tube bender and then welded it up. Seat is a separate unit and lagged into the tree. Overall height is 18' to the platform, 21' to the hand railing.

    If the location doesn't work out, removal of a few lag bolts and can be easily reassembled. No paint necessary, let nature give it a rusty camo look.

    Hope the deer appreciate it....

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  2. Armored farmer

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    Nice.
    Expanded metal is a good choice for the floor. It won't get slick in freezing rain or snow, but mighty cold. Better have some sort of insulation/padding for the seat.
    I wrapped my gunrail with pipe-wrap.

    I like it.
    I guess engineers are good for something. ;)
     
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  3. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    So would I appreciate it!

    Have two commercial stands that are getting up there in age.
    Yeah, as time goes on, things are made cheaper and cheaper............:( (They just don't make 'em like they used to..)
     
  4. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    Oh, by the way, nice work!
     
  5. South Prairie Jim

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    That's a really nice stand, well done and good luck out there.
     
  6. entropy

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    You live up to your username working in steel! Well made stand, and as AF said, get something warm to go under your butt, that expanded metal will get cold fast!
     
  7. Alaskan Ironworker

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    Nice work!
     
  8. earlthegoat2

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    I see you welded the expanded on properly unlike most utility trailer manufacturers out there.

    My Dad and I made one years ago when I was in high school. Similar concept. It was an awesome stand that I preferred but was a bear to move.
     
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    just remember trees move in the wind as well as grow, if you go to long that could become problematic.


    That looks like a really nice stand though, I would be proud of it. My dad would take 2 16’ 2x4’s and nail steeps 16” wide with a small 16x24” plywood platform at the top. After a couple years those things would twist up and you’d be sitting on the top and bottom would be a full 1/4 round from where you were facing. Looking back I am surprised no one ever fell off one, especially the way they moved in the wind.
     
  10. rayatphonix

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    Very nice. My winter projects include 2 ladder stands and you’ve helped me solve a problem or two. How are you attaching it to the tree?
     
  11. Hugger-4641

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    I like everything except the the lag bolt idea. As mentioned above, trees grow up and out, and move. I use galvanized chain over a peice of bicycle tire to go around the tree tighten with turnbuckle or ratchet straps.
     
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  12. Rembrandt

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    Two 1/2" X 5" long lag bolts for the platform and two more for the support braces.

    They certainly do move, like the positive security bolts add in strong winds. Have several that have been lag bolted in for nearly 30 years. Eventually the tree will grow over the attachment points.


    Years ago had a stand stolen that was chained in.....should that happen again the lag bolts will make them work for it.

    Have tried many different seats from PVC, wood, to covering with rubber roofing. Prefer the expanded metal because moisture and snow go right through it. Low maintenance and critters won't chew on them. Here's some seats from one of the two man stands. Carry a foam cushion when hunting, does make it more comfortable.


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  13. wgp

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    When I learned basic welding i found that two pleasant projects are fireplace log racks and tree stands. We have a local yard that sells both scrap steel and new stuff. One thing I've done is build the ladder and platform, and then go to a place that sells boat stuff and buy a plastic seat with a pedestal, and weld the pedestal base to the floor of the stand. The seat can then rotate and give you something to lean against. You may find that over time mice nibble the plastic.
     
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