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#2981892 - 10/15/12 12:33 AM My homemade stand pics
catman529
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this is the stand I built not long after bow season opened and have so far killed 2 does from. Used scrap wood and 3.5" galvanized nails. Treated wood with a little thompson's water seal and some spray paint for camo. Of course I will keep an eye on all the nails to make sure they are secure and make sure the stand feels solid throughout the season. I don't expect to get more than a couple years out of it safely, but for now it's a nice little spot to hunt.

Dry box for storage, also a bow holder (not shown) -



The view of where I shot my first doe, just to the left of that cluster of trees -



I have not built a seat yet, so I use a folding stool or lawn chair -





This pic was taken before I spray painted:

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#2982451 - 10/15/12 12:16 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Be careful.
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#2982465 - 10/15/12 12:27 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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That is an old timey setup right there. be very careful.
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#2982499 - 10/15/12 12:49 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: SEC]
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Wouldn't catch me in that rig.
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#2982561 - 10/15/12 01:32 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: BluegrassDan]
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I won't hunt from them ever again. Luckily I was wearing my harness...

Be careful and good luck hunting this season.
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#2982710 - 10/15/12 03:24 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Spikes Tactical]
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I must still be too young and bold to see why the stand is risky. I also only weigh 130 so it doesn't take much to support me. The stand feels pretty solid. Might not be a bad idea to strap a harness up there... Lol

JayP, did you have one break under you? Was it a flaw in construction, or was the wood rotten?
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#2982733 - 10/15/12 03:40 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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130 lbs? I weighed that at birth! lol I too am done with wooden stands. $100 for a decent ladder stand is money well spent in my book.

How far up there is that thing?

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#2982811 - 10/15/12 04:34 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Rubberduck270]
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I would have to pass on that. Be careful man!
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#2982836 - 10/15/12 04:45 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: cg02175]
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Catman, how high up us that?

I will give you a stand if you promise to replace that death trap with what I give you. I am being serious, you are going to get hurt.

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#2982918 - 10/15/12 05:42 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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 Originally Posted By: DntBrnDPig
Be careful.
lol ... No kidding.
I know your proud of it catman but I agree with these other guys. Don't take a chance in that. When I was young I built a couple that were a little prettier than yours and I still didn't feel comfortable in them. I'm with richman. I had an older summit viper that the needs new cables and maybe a little work that I would be willing to give you. I haven't used it in 8 years or more and I just bought the new viper.


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#2982945 - 10/15/12 06:02 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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I gave away a couple of those $40 lockons from Dicks last year since they were so uncomfortable. I think you needed one more than the guys that got them. They are too lazy to do half of what you did. I hope your carpentry skills are above par.
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#2983021 - 10/15/12 06:56 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Ahuntin1]
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so what do yall say is the weak point(s) on the stand? The wood, nails, or construction? I think I'll carry a safety harness out there next time. I don't feel unsafe in the stand at all. It's about 20 feet up and I'm comfortable in it. Double braced, from the top and the bottom. I like the wooden stand idea because you can make it to exactly fit your needs and make it comfortable, and without spending much money.
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#2983047 - 10/15/12 07:10 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: richmanbarbeque]
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 Originally Posted By: richmanbarbeque
Catman, how high up us that?

I will give you a stand if you promise to replace that death trap with what I give you. I am being serious, you are going to get hurt.


He needs to take you up on that! Those old handyman stands are very prone to falling apart.
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#2983172 - 10/15/12 08:06 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
so what do yall say is the weak point(s) on the stand? The wood, nails, or construction? I think I'll carry a safety harness out there next time. I don't feel unsafe in the stand at all. It's about 20 feet up and I'm comfortable in it. Double braced, from the top and the bottom. I like the wooden stand idea because you can make it to exactly fit your needs and make it comfortable, and without spending much money.


Catman, you are young aren't you? What, mid 20's, maybe 30. That's ok, not knocking age, but experience is invaluable!
Be careful, friend. Nails can----and DO----give way with no warning. Trees grow. Limbs grow. Nails don't. Get the picture ?
IF you are gonna hunt from that thing, wear a harness!!! You really should have a lifeline as well.
Not knocking your handyman skills, and I congratulate you on your success so far, I just don't wanna see you get hurt----------or worse.
Be careful!
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#2983262 - 10/15/12 08:35 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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be careful in that set up ....dont want to read where u were a victom of falling
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#2983350 - 10/15/12 09:12 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: buckhunter42]
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Like everyone else said be careful in that thing, and definately wear a safety harness! That looks scary.
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#2983493 - 10/15/12 10:34 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TNBowfish]
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I fell 17 foot out of a stand at about 16. It wasn't fun. Had I not been with my family I don't know what may I happened since I blacked out. If you must use that stand wear a safety belt for sure. That stand may not get you this year but it's coming.

Take one of those free stands and put it up where that one is. Use the wood to build a deck to hold your stuff if you must... Just don't trust it to hold you.
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#2983516 - 10/15/12 11:04 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: SilverFox]
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Hey man, I have built several wood stands and (if) built right they work but not for long , even the steel stands rust out in time , u have a point in that wood stands can be built to your specs . Which is nice. BUT no matter what it's constructed out of be careful, I got a call last week . One of my dads friends fell out and now has a broke back in two places, we all love to hunt and tree stands are awesome . But nothing is worth laying up in the hospital or worse laying in a box in the ground , I am not. trying to sound ugly but I been in construction for most of my adult life and its hard to tell from a pic but your stand just don't look real sturdy to me. Lots of guys have gave u some good advice , be smart and take it . We are all hunters looking out for each other and all of us has done something unsafe while in the deer woods . To get the buck of are dreams . But he ain't worth the risk . I my safe will admit I have done some dum things , but the older I get the worse it hurts so I trying to learn to listen and take good advice . Wish u a great Season and above all a safe one .

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#2983524 - 10/15/12 11:20 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: southernhunter]
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Thanks all for the advice. looks like it may be a one year stand to be on the safe side.... honestly, I would hate to tear it down and put up a regular treestand. I could put a regular stand on a nearby tree no problem. This wooden stand will always have sentimental value, considering I killed my 1st bow deer, 1st doe from this stand. I should just leave it the way it is and only hunt out of it while it is fresh and strong... I don't see it falling apart any time this season because I built it pretty sturdy and used good nails, not the cheap ones that rust out. I'd be more worried about the wood rotting over the next couple years than I would about nails, but then I am not as experienced as some of you are.

The stand is braced on the bottom with 2x10 boards on either side of the tree, and then 2x4 braces on either side of the tree coming down on the top. Like I said it feels sturdy and safe when I am up in it. Who knows what could go wrong in the next few years but like I said it's a short term stand. Then I will eventually leave it alone to stay in place and remind me of the successful hunts and my first two does (and whatever else I may kill out of it this year)
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#2983679 - 10/16/12 07:07 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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At one time I hunted out of stands similar to yours. If built right they are strong enough for the first year or two.
The problem is that if you will notice next time your in it is that the tree is in constant motion. Wind blowing, etc. which can loosen boards and weaken nails.
The safest "home made" stands I ever build are ladder type stands which were not permanently attatched to the tree and were all built out of pressure treated lumber.
Not doubting your carpentry skills, but be sure and check everything out before you climb in it. They will and do fail over time. That is one of the reasons that they were outlawed on public land many years ago.
And yes, like others have already said WEAR A GOOD SAFETY HARNESS!! EVERYTIME!!!
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#2983683 - 10/16/12 07:10 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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I would at least put some 4" lag screws where the 2x4's and 2x6's tie to the tree and put a few 3" screws at every one of the places those boards are nailed. That should keep you off the ground through the season. Please pull out your screw in steps at the end of the season and don't even think about getting back in that stand next year. Good luck with it.
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#2983711 - 10/16/12 07:43 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529

JayP, did you have one break under you? Was it a flaw in construction, or was the wood rotten?


I guess it could of been a flaw in the construction or the wood rotting. I used decking screws to secure the seat to the base.

I failed to check it before getting into it one morning and the seat portion broke as soon as I sat down. BTW - I am only 136 lbs so don't get fooled like I did when it comes to your weight.

I wish you continued good luck - sounds like you have already scored twice out of your setup.

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#2983886 - 10/16/12 09:28 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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I agree with everyone else. When I was young, I would build these as well. Not anymore. Take these guys up on the offer. Get a ladder or a climber. This stand may work for you this year, but next year, as the tree grows the nails will pull out and weaken.

You will fall out of that stand if you aren't careful. Please get a better stand and wear a safety harness.

Remember the quote. 1 out of 4 deer hunters will have a tree-stand accident in their lifetime. Thats too close odds for me. I wear a safety harness anytime I'm off the ground. Period.

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#2984161 - 10/16/12 11:43 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: bigtex]
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great point bigtex,the wind will play havoc on wood stands. most of us wouldnt think about checking it before daylight. after a long week and being excited about hunting a good spot on our day off . even though maybe high winds or storms have moved through earlier in the week. i agree if building a wood stand its best to build a ladder type . which i have and is my number one spot, its been up for about three years and is still strong but each season i check it over top to bottom and replace anything that might be or even look unsafe.. even though its still in good shape . this is the last year i will hunt it . the time to replace a wood stand is before it shows any sign of age. most wait till it looks like it might fall before taking action and thats the main problem with wood stands imo .
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#2984610 - 10/16/12 04:36 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: southernhunter]
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I will hunt it this year and then retire it next year and just leave it for the memories...
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#2985963 - 10/17/12 12:25 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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I wish I had never seen this, I will worry for your safety for the rest of the season!
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#2985970 - 10/17/12 12:33 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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I don't mean to sound rude, that is a death trap if I've ever seen one. If you were closer I would give you a new stand, in order to keep you out of that one. If you are dead set on hunting it, at least take an impact driver with a lot of 4-5 inch screws and beef it up! The last thing I want is for you to fall and die!!
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#2986051 - 10/17/12 01:32 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: W.Seay]
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 Originally Posted By: W.Seay
I don't mean to sound rude, that is a death trap if I've ever seen one. If you were closer I would give you a new stand, in order to keep you out of that one. If you are dead set on hunting it, at least take an impact driver with a lot of 4-5 inch screws and beef it up! The last thing I want is for you to fall and die!!
I will at least carry a harness and wear it...
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#2986081 - 10/17/12 01:55 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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That is a very good idea! Nails are just not reliable and easily pull out after a very small amount of wear and tear.
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#2986349 - 10/17/12 04:59 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: W.Seay]
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I hope you are wearing the harness i gave you that thing is high!
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#2986365 - 10/17/12 05:09 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: ImThere]
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Catman, I need to buy you a box of screw in steps. Your weakest point is your boards nailed in as steps.
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#2986510 - 10/17/12 06:28 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: ImThere]
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I think I will take the advice about the screws and buy a few and drive them in. All I can bring out there though is a hammer and screwdriver, I am not exactly loaded up on tools. I built the stand with just the hammer. Hopefully I could get a few screws in there by hand.

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I hope you are wearing the harness i gave you that thing is high!
I will be next time! Lol
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#2987663 - 10/18/12 01:59 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Like everyone said, be careful. Ain't climbing homemade stand with nails in it. They can slip out. Every see how trees move while the wind blows. I'd hunt on the ground before I hunted out of it. I've hunted many a homemade stand which are no longer around. No sentimental value to me.
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#2987843 - 10/18/12 04:37 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: jb3]
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Pretty sketchy deal...
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#2988226 - 10/18/12 08:50 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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When you get through using the stand, tear it down. Do not leave it for an unsuspecting hunter, or kid, to test it out.
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#2988387 - 10/18/12 11:08 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: encore06]
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 Originally Posted By: encore06
When you get through using the stand, tear it down. Do not leave it for an unsuspecting hunter, or kid, to test it out.
didn't think of that. will at least remove the bottom steps from the tree
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#2988405 - 10/18/12 11:44 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Is that why they call you catman? You would have to be a cat to climb up there.
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#2988409 - 10/18/12 11:47 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: BigD_625]
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 Originally Posted By: BigD_625
Is that why they call you catman? You would have to be a cat to climb up there.
ha I have definitely climbed worse than this
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#2988877 - 10/19/12 10:26 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: W.Seay
I don't mean to sound rude, that is a death trap if I've ever seen one. If you were closer I would give you a new stand, in order to keep you out of that one. If you are dead set on hunting it, at least take an impact driver with a lot of 4-5 inch screws and beef it up! The last thing I want is for you to fall and die!!
I will at least carry a harness and wear it...


Wearing it up in the tree means nothing—I hope your wearing it from the time your feet leave the ground, until they return to the ground—most falling accidents occur as people are climbing and ascending! You may have to configure your harness in a lineman's style configuration.
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#2990002 - 10/19/12 11:28 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
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I don't mean to sound rude, that is a death trap if I've ever seen one. If you were closer I would give you a new stand, in order to keep you out of that one. If you are dead set on hunting it, at least take an impact driver with a lot of 4-5 inch screws and beef it up! The last thing I want is for you to fall and die!!
I will at least carry a harness and wear it...


Wearing it up in the tree means nothing—I hope your wearing it from the time your feet leave the ground, until they return to the ground—most falling accidents occur as people are climbing and ascending! You may have to configure your harness in a lineman's style configuration.
have no idea how to do that. the harness I have straps to the tree. I could fall out on the way up or down, cause anything can happen, but I have a bow line so both hands are free, and always use caution when climbing, get a firm grip on the rungs, and I can climb the tree in about 10 seconds... basically I am not invincible, but have climbed much sketchier things in the past, and feel pretty safe climbing this tree, long as the wood pegs are new and fresh.
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#2990446 - 10/20/12 01:36 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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This thread made me think back to one of the stupidest things I ever did. When I was 14, I packed lumber, hammer, and nails into the woods a couple miles from my house. When I was finished building my "stand," I was positioned on three small boards 28 FEET (measured) above ground. No safety rails (no one knew what a safety harness was then), just a couple of limbs to grab onto if I lost my balance.

Worst part is, no one knew where I was hunting. No one. If I had fell out of that tree, it would have been many hours before anyone found me.
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#2996192 - 10/23/12 11:19 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Ahuntin1]
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 Originally Posted By: Ahuntin1
Catman, I need to buy you a box of screw in steps. Your weakest point is your boards nailed in as steps.
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#2996204 - 10/23/12 11:53 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
 Originally Posted By: Ahuntin1
Catman, I need to buy you a box of screw in steps. Your weakest point is your boards nailed in as steps.
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I used to make them when I was a little kid.... its been a while, but from memory, they will last a while and then rot and get real loose, and the boards might split. I think they will be ok for this season only. 4 nails per board, 3.5" galvanized nails, should hold for the rest of deer season. I will just keep checking everything on the stand each time I hunt up there, and bring a safety harness, and when the season is over, will remove the bottom rungs and leave the stand up for the memories....
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#2996450 - 10/24/12 08:22 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Cat, if this is not you private land where you can guarantee that no one will ever find it and some how get up to it. please take it down. pics will do for memories if some kids find it and climb up there fall and god forbid die that will be an unbearable memory just my 2cts kids are resourcefull dont take it for hranted they cant climb in it you did
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#2996488 - 10/24/12 08:40 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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Thats the sketchiest looking piece I have ever seen. No offense, but that looks like a mess of carpentry. I hope you listen to these guys, esp ^^^ for pointing out that kids could find this crap and climb up it.
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#2996636 - 10/24/12 09:58 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: doubledownranch]
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good point, it's in an area where kids could find it, but they would have to look hard to find it. still not sure if I'd want to take the chance now that I think of it. Once I can get a regular stand up, then I can take off the bottom rungs.
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#3081466 - 12/16/12 07:31 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Taking bottom rungs off won't keep 10-12yr old boys out of it. Take the time to take it all the way down. Young boys will find a way to shimmy up to it.

No offense, but we were all young once, and most all of us built death traps like that only to learn better later. A good ladder stand or even a hang-on stand (not a big fan of hang-on stands) is a far better investment. You build something like what you have for $20 and it lasts a year or two, while a good factory built ladder at $100 will last you for many, many years.
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#3081581 - 12/16/12 08:36 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I will hunt it this year and then retire it next year and just leave it for the memories...


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#3081603 - 12/16/12 08:42 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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#3081638 - 12/16/12 08:59 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: tickweed]
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When I was about 20, I fell out of a homemade stand that was not close to being 50 ft high. A 2x4 step pulled off of the tree. I dislocated my shoulder and was spitting up blood. We went straight to hospital and I have not even considered climbing into another homemade stand.
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#3086070 - 12/18/12 09:13 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: jar]
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These guys sound really harsh, but many are older, and have lots of years of experience. No one really means to be harsh, your safety is the main concern.I hunted for thirty years, never had a safety vest, now wont go with out one. Good luck
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#3086202 - 12/18/12 11:43 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: tickweed]
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
These guys sound really harsh, but many are older, and have lots of years of experience. No one really means to be harsh, your safety is the main concern.I hunted for thirty years, never had a safety vest, now wont go with out one. Good luck
I know its all good intentions and coming from experience. I am just a daredevil... but I do wear the harness when I'm up in that stand. And will retire it after deer season is over. It really is more solid than it looks... of course I wouldnt say that if it broke, but it doesn't even creak and I am sure it will be fine for the rest of the year. Haven't even had to tighten down a single nail either. The wooden rungs are solid too, and I have climbed much older, sketchier rungs in the past. But I won't hunt out of the stand anymore once this deer season is over.
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#3089421 - 12/20/12 09:58 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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I hope when you say retire it you mean taking a crowbar to it and get it and the steps completely off the tree where some other 'daredevils" don't decide to mess with it after it weakens even further.

After todays wind blowing it and the tree around and stressing everything, I wouldn't even consider climbing back into it.
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#3089525 - 12/21/12 12:35 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: scn]
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 Originally Posted By: scn
I hope when you say retire it you mean taking a crowbar to it and get it and the steps completely off the tree where some other 'daredevils" don't decide to mess with it after it weakens even further.

After todays wind blowing it and the tree around and stressing everything, I wouldn't even consider climbing back into it.
I guess someone could try and climb to it without steps if they really wanted to, but I hadn't thought of that... doesn't seem likely. Guess I better be safe than sorry, and take the whole thing down after season. I was up in it a couple days ago and it was as solid as it was the day I built it. Maybe the wind did some work on it but I'm sure it would hold just fine for another year, even though I wont let it up that long. I still have to climb back up and take some stuff out of the storage box and remove the safety harness that I left strapped on.
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#3091965 - 12/23/12 02:40 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I must still be too young and bold to see why the stand is risky. I also only weigh 130 so it doesn't take much to support me. The stand feels pretty solid. Might not be a bad idea to strap a harness up there... Lol

JayP, did you have one break under you? Was it a flaw in construction, or was the wood rotten?

It is always a good idea to take a harness and using it while climbing up. 1 little slip and you could be having a very bad day. Good Luck
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#3092420 - 12/23/12 01:15 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
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holy crap,i have built some like that years ago.if your young and dumb(just a saying,no offense)you will take chances like this.i once thought i was superman also,nothing would hurt me..just were a harness young blood and be careful.i notice this has been up for a couple of months ,so my question is:are you still alive or at least in one piece and working order?

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#3094039 - 12/24/12 03:50 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: greygoose]
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 Originally Posted By: greygoose
holy crap,i have built some like that years ago.if your young and dumb(just a saying,no offense)you will take chances like this.i once thought i was superman also,nothing would hurt me..just were a harness young blood and be careful.i notice this has been up for a couple of months ,so my question is:are you still alive or at least in one piece and working order?
yep I'm in good working order and so is the stand, but it will be coming down after deer season. And yep I got the harness and its strapped to the tree.
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#3094061 - 12/24/12 04:10 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Some of these guys are no fun at all!

I haven't seen your stand in person and haven't put weight on it, so I won't ASSume that it's unsafe.

I will say that as cheap as commercial climbers and stands are these days, it's hard to justify even the materials to build one yourself.

Good luck, and stay safe!
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#3112997 - 01/07/13 05:22 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: -DRM-]
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i would have to see in person before i could comment on how safe it is. all i can say is that i have hunted out of built stands most of my life. all were really well built, my dad and i are both skilled carpenters and i have always felt safer in my well built stands than any climber on the market. a safty harness and the ability to realize when a stand is no longer safe is all that is needed.

any stand on the market could fail and caution needs to be taken with all of them. a couple of years ago a buddy of mine started to climb up a tree with a climbing stand he had bought new and it was only a few years old. he got about 6 feet off the ground when a bolt sheared off and sent him to the ground, good thing he was only a few feet off the ground.

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#3115194 - 01/08/13 07:30 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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I WOULDN'T HUNT OUT OF IT.
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#3131010 - 01/19/13 06:20 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Zac]
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I guess I am either dumb as a rock or brave. As is, I would have climbed up and hunted out of it if I had a harness and/or life line. I used to climb up and hang off limbs and have played in a treehouse or two when I was a kid. I wasn't a skinny kid either. \:\)
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#3133091 - 01/21/13 01:39 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Bowdacious]
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 Originally Posted By: Bowdacious
I guess I am either dumb as a rock or brave. As is, I would have climbed up and hunted out of it if I had a harness and/or life line. I used to climb up and hang off limbs and have played in a treehouse or two when I was a kid. I wasn't a skinny kid either. \:\)
I'll say you're brave because I ain't dumb and i hunted out of the stand all season and it didn't creak, pop, or move the whole time. And 3 deer died because of it. \:D
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#3264450 - 06/09/13 10:46 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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TAKE ONE CRAZY CRACKER TO GET INTO THAT
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#3264510 - 06/09/13 12:48 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: BluegrassDan]
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 Originally Posted By: BluegrassDan
Wouldn't catch me in that rig.


you wouldn't catch me dead in that death trap \:\) but i have built a few home made stands that are still solid as a rock.
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#3344214 - 09/01/13 09:47 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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keep a close check on it from year to year.....remember the tree is growing and will pull them nails or screws right through the wood!
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#3346454 - 09/03/13 11:21 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Boone 58]
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 Originally Posted By: Boone 58
keep a close check on it from year to year.....remember the tree is growing and will pull them nails or screws right through the wood!
It's still good this year, but I hung a life line to be extra safe. Probably wont hunt it next year, depends on the condition. It's a black cherry tree so will probably grow pretty quick
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#3348658 - 09/05/13 07:58 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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I'm going to be different and like the setup. I'm built about like catman, tall and skinny and around 135lbs. Just a little older. The only problem I've ever had with homemade stands it the steps. Some good redneck fabrication and overkill in supports make wooden stands go along way. I went by one of my old ones my dad built me when I was about 13 out if treated stuff and it still looked decent. I will have to get some pics of my "crows nest" stand. It a big ceader with the top out and my perch is around 30' up at the top and not a single step. It may be stupid to some but I was raised in the country playin outside climbing trees and what not.
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#3356351 - 09/12/13 01:15 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: jar]
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A stand very similar to that put me in a wheel chair for about 4 months, and put just about every aspect of my life on hold for the better part of a year while I learned to walk again, it will be 14 years ago this Nov, and I still limp a little. Be careful and wear a good harness.
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#3436479 - 11/04/13 09:13 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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#3437490 - 11/05/13 01:34 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Rufus]
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No way I'm knocking you stand. I used to hunt out of them. A guy me and Snake used to work with clum up in one he made one morning and never walked another day in his life. He died not too long after from the accident. All of his insides finally just shut down.
We had a lease in Wayne county years ago. The first year we had it I found a old stand like that. I bet you that sucker was 35 feet high. I sat and looked at it a long time and the devil finally talked me in to climbing it. I couldn't let go of the tree when I got up there and I promised God if he let me get down safe I would never do that again. He did and I ain't! Be careful bud.
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#3438795 - 11/06/13 08:47 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: KENBOB10]
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 Originally Posted By: KENBOB10
No way I'm knocking you stand. I used to hunt out of them. A guy me and Snake used to work with clum up in one he made one morning and never walked another day in his life. He died not too long after from the accident. All of his insides finally just shut down.
We had a lease in Wayne county years ago. The first year we had it I found a old stand like that. I bet you that sucker was 35 feet high. I sat and looked at it a long time and the devil finally talked me in to climbing it. I couldn't let go of the tree when I got up there and I promised God if he let me get down safe I would never do that again. He did and I ain't! Be careful bud.


Don't you remember those in Lewis County , sucker's was ever bit of 35 ft.. I climbed up in one down that first clearcut in the big hollow and shot a coyote out of it but I got down before dark (skeered).
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#3438824 - 11/06/13 09:01 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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I used to love going out and building stands like that with my dad and uncle as a kid. Then we built a bunch of wooden ladder stands that we used forever. Now I only hunt out of my climber.
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#3439023 - 11/06/13 11:09 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Snake]
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 Originally Posted By: KENBOB10
No way I'm knocking you stand. II used to hunt out of them. A guy me and Snake used to work with clum up in one he made one morning and never walked another day in his life. He died not too long after from the accident. All of his insides finally just shut down.
We had a lease in Wayne county years ago. The first year we had it I found a old stand like that. I bet you that sucker was 35 feet high. I sat and looked at it a long time and the devil finally talked me in to climbing it. I couldn't let go of the tree when I got up there and I promised God if he let me get down safe I would never do that again. He did and I ain't! Be careful bud.


Don't you remember those in Lewis County , sucker's was ever bit of 35 ft.. I climbed up in one down that first clearcut in the big hollow and shot a coyote out of it but I got down before dark (skeered).


Dang it Snake I meant to say Lewis co.
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#3443062 - 11/08/13 09:58 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: jar]
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I was hunting on my friends property which had wooden ladder stands in 6 different places. I was in many of them and they were all pretty solid. One, however, near to killed me. I was siting in it and the wind was blowing, not hard, but start/stop and when I shifted my weight it moved. I had no lifeline,, harness, nothing. I stood up and it started to slide and I had no choice but to grab hold of the trunk. The stand was cockeyed on the tree and as I put weight on it it completely came loose and ther I was, tree huggin about 14 feet up. I wasn't scared but I as I shimmied down the tree my jacket and then my pants caught on a nail. With my legs wrapped around the tree I chanced a one handed hold and unhooked the jacket, the pants just tore. Went to my Friends house, told him what happened and he went out and tore down the remaining 5.

Okay, here's the real story. All those stands were no more than 3 winters old, all made with nails and treated lumber.

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#3512982 - 12/23/13 02:21 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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Is that a 200footer?
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#3517345 - 12/26/13 06:42 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Xtremex1204]
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It's about 20 feet up. I hung a lifeline this summer so I have been hooked up as soon as I leave the ground every time I hunted it this year. I don't plan to hunt it anymore, might buy a crowbar and try to tear it down, or at least remove the steps. Might hunt it 1 more time this year, not sure. Sucks the last deer I shot out of it, I never recovered.
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#3549856 - 01/16/14 10:29 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: TITANSFAN2104]
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Well, today I laid her to rest. Got 2 seasons out of it. The tree is bare but the memories are still there. First bow kill (1st 3 actually) from that tree.

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#3553453 - 01/19/14 09:38 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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Well it's probably safer that way catman, get rid of it before you get hurt
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#3553560 - 01/20/14 12:14 AM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: Inkstainz]
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
Well it's probably safer that way catman, get rid of it before you get hurt
It was still sturdy, but I wasn't going to hunt it another year, to be safe...
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#3556128 - 01/21/14 08:12 PM Re: My homemade stand pics [Re: catman529]
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