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#418685 - 09/27/07 07:28 AM Ladder Box Stand
TCounty Hunter
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Wondering if anyone has any plans or pics of a ladder stand converted box stand. Planning to build one. Not looking for a huge shooting house on 4x4's, just a one man ladder stand with plywood sides and roof with a large enough base to hold a chair. Hoping to build something cheap and easy, but covered for those rainy days

My main concern is how to support the weight of the stand itself, and the 200 pounds (pure muscle of course) i will add to it and keep it from sinking, sliding down the tree, etc... Could I just build a standard ladder stand with a 3/4" platform large enough, and then run some 2x4 braces from the ladder up to the back of the base/floor? Or should I build it, and then when done, add some 2/4 legs from the base/floor down to the groud for rear stand support?



Edited by TCounty Hunter (09/27/07 07:49 AM)

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#420104 - 09/27/07 09:52 PM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: TCounty Hunter]
HopALong
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Will this be a wooden stand or are you converting a metal stand?
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#420578 - 09/28/07 08:51 AM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: HopALong]
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fot this one i am planning to build a new one, all wooden. i do have a couple I could convert, but just plan for this to be a wooden one.
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#420645 - 09/28/07 09:31 AM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: TCounty Hunter]
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I have thought about doing the same thing to some of our wooden ladder stands. I just bow hunt and gun hunt out of the same stands. It is hard to draw your bow if you have it enclosed. If you just want to protect from the rain, try one of those umbrella things that attaches to the tree. I have thought about using 2x2's and drywall screws to fasten it all together out in the woods using a cordless drill. Just use 4 2x2's vertically and four as a band across the top. Then use a piece of 1/4" plywood for the roof. Don't forget to slope it an 1" or so to allow the rain to run off. I thought about one time trying to acquire old election signs to use as a roof. The kind that are made from corrugated plastic board. It looks like cardboard but it is plastic. I tried to buy some one time but it is very expensive. It is chaeper to buy plywood. Some of the election signs are 4'x8'. If you could find a candidate that lost and doesn't plan on running again for office, you might be able to get some for free. You will just have to use some camo paint to cover up the design.

Hope this helps.

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#420662 - 09/28/07 09:41 AM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: Excal Thumper]
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never thought of that, interesting and good idea on the election signs.

I have seen those umbrellas, they are pretty nice. they only upset me because i didnt think of it myself.

reminds me of when my dad was building/welding his own folding 4 wheeler ramps many many years ago before you could buy one, that replaced the tailgate of his truck. of course now you can buy any type of ramp, and you often wonder why didnt you make these pubulically and be the rich one???

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#421794 - 09/28/07 11:18 PM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: TCounty Hunter]
JDRET
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The corrugated plastic you mentioned is call Coroplast and you'll probably want it in 4 mil thickness. There are a couple of box blind manufacturers that use it. Nothing beats "free" but if you can't find an old sign, try dropping in on a sign shop. That stuff usually goes for around $10-$12 per 4X8 sheet and it sounds like a half sheet is all you would need. Hope this helps.

I'm working on some plans for either a round or octagon shooting house that I plan to use coroplast to wall. Just fine tuning the dimensions to cut down on waste on the plastic. My daughters a CAD major in college and is going to draw it up for me so I'll have all the angles right as it will have modular walls to ease getting it up on the platform and assembly. Probably won't see a field this year, but I'll post pics when it does.


Edited by JDRET (09/29/07 12:09 AM)
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#423364 - 09/30/07 03:34 PM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: JDRET]
HOOK
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I don't know what your idea of expensive is, but I built both of these at a cost of about $300 each.


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#424996 - 10/01/07 01:20 PM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: HOOK]
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looks good hook. did you anchor yours down, or is it just sitting there. What did you use for the walls, doesnt look like plywood?

JDRet, will love to see those plans. I used to know the owners of a sign shop, no such luck anymore. Definitely some good tips to run with

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#427670 - 10/02/07 09:57 PM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: TCounty Hunter]
JDRET
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Hook, when you see comparable manufactured setups running anywhere from $800-$1000..or more, I'd call yours a realistically priced, more that suitable, substitue. Probably more sturdy to boot.
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#428321 - 10/03/07 10:49 AM Re: Ladder Box Stand [Re: JDRET]
RS
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TCounty Hunter,

Below is a pic of a ladder box stand that I built about 8 years ago. I will never build another one like it and wouldn't recommend you building one. As of now, the stand is still safe to hunt out of, but I've had to work on the braces several times because the tree tends to sway in the wind and break them. Also, I have to use an extension ladder to loosen the chain around the tree after each deer season (and re-tighten it before each season) to allow for tree growth.


This is the only type of of box stands that I build now. The cedar poles were cut on the farm and the lumber was relatively cheap. The deck boards on the first stand came from a deck that I tore down and the plywood on the second stand was scrap left over from other projects.



Edited by RS (10/03/07 10:50 AM)

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