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Old 08-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #1
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I have been wanting to build a semi-portable tripod stand for hunting trails and such in addition to not being stuck watching a feeder the entire time. Over the last week I finally broke ground so to speak. Wanting to keep the deck as clear as possible so I added in a recessed box for my pack, rattling horns or whatever else I decide to carry with me. More than once I have dropped gear when hunting a ladder or climbing stand and this will hopefully prevent that. There will be a plywood cover on hinges for the storage box and I plan on chamfering the edges so my boots will be less likely to catch. I also, offset the seat mount to provide more leg room. I am also hoping that being offset will give me a little better chance to hide behind cover while I draw. Then I could quietly rotate the seat into a clear shooting lane.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:56 PM   #2
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Pretty cool, what are the platform dimensions? how high are you going to be up in the air?
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:58 PM   #3
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I like the concept. Neat setup
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:58 PM   #4
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Looks very nice and well thought out! Looks like it will be pretty heavy though.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:08 PM   #5
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Pretty cool, what are the platform dimensions? how high are you going to be up in the air?
The platform turned out a tad larger than intended. Each side is ~20" and the overall width is 48"x48". The legs will be 12' making the seat height about 13 1/2'.


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Looks very nice and well thought out! Looks like it will be pretty heavy though.

It isn't as heavy as it looks. I can handle it without much effort. The seat and arm just pull off which helps reduce weight while moving it.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:24 PM   #6
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Nice work
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:57 PM   #7
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Very cool, I like the design for the seat and gear box

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Old 08-08-2017, 01:05 AM   #8
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How do you get it up on the legs?
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:43 AM   #9
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How do you get it up on the legs?
It isn't quite done yet. I'll be using some 14ga 1 1/4" square tubing welded to the frame that the legs will slide into and will be held in place by pins. The ladder will be integrated as one of the three legs (hope to have this completed tomorrow, weather permitting). When setting it up, I will start at the platform and lift. Then work down the ladder toward the feet, increasing the angle until eventually gravity takes over. That's the same way I have set up my tandem barrel feeders and has worked so far.
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:18 AM   #10
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That's looking awesome!

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Old 08-08-2017, 01:37 AM   #11
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Very cool!
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:45 AM   #12
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That's a sweet tripod setup, I really need to start learning to weld.


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Old 08-08-2017, 05:28 AM   #13
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:48 AM   #14
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That is really nice. But I might suggest maybe lining that box with some thin rubber or something to keep noise down. That expanded metal isn't exactly quiet.

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Old 08-08-2017, 04:33 PM   #15
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That is really nice. But I might suggest maybe lining that box with some thin rubber or something to keep noise down. That expanded metal isn't exactly quiet.

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Spray it with 4-5 coats of flex-seal (let each dry) and then cut a piece of carpet for the bottom. Will be silent...
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:03 PM   #16
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Nice build, I like the recessed box a lot. Cant count the number of times I have knocked a water bottle or rattling horns off my platform with my feet. Cool design.
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Old 08-08-2017, 01:16 PM   #17
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Do you have pics of the underside?
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:10 PM   #18
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Do you have pics of the underside?
Here ya go.

I was able to fab up the ladder today as well as get the leg mounts tacked into place. The rungs on the ladder are spaced 12" apart and 12" wide. There is a piece of angle as the foot which is 20" and should help with stability. I realized a mistake I made when placing the leg mounts. They are too close together and could cause an unstable situation. Tomorrow that should be rectified. Unfortunately I was dodging down pours today and was not able to get as much done as I would like to have.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:02 PM   #19
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That's a nice set up. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:32 PM   #20
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Pretty cool design. Following.


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Old 08-08-2017, 10:45 PM   #21
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That's neat!
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:46 PM   #22
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Very Nice, not all cramped up.......
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:04 PM   #23
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I like how the seat is offset so you always have room in front of you and no wasted space behind you.
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:12 PM   #24
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This is awesome. Nice work.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:58 AM   #25
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Very nice. How wide is it?
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:09 AM   #26
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Very nice. How wide is it?
The platform is 48" across. Not sure about the footprint yet. I will get it in the air this morning and get a measurement.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:16 AM   #27
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That's what I was wondering. My son is wanting to build one, we may copy your design if you don't mind.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:24 AM   #28
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Looks like semi-portable means you need a semi to move it....JK, looks great.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:40 AM   #29
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Looks like semi-portable means you need a semi to move it....JK, looks great.
Haha, some folks definition of semi-portable may vary, lol. No, you aren't gonna pick it up and run off with it, but 1 person will be able to easily load it, unload it set it up and take it down.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:24 PM   #30
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Haha, some folks definition of semi-portable may vary, lol. No, you aren't gonna pick it up and run off with it, but 1 person will be able to easily load it, unload it set it up and take it down.


LOL, u think like me. I considered my box blind portable, but my brother disagreed! Great design!


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Old 08-10-2017, 09:36 AM   #31
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Awesome stand
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:55 PM   #32
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:22 AM   #33
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What a great design.. Very well thought out!! Looking forward to seeing the finished Pic's from the field?
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:46 AM   #34
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Love this design! I was about to pull the trigger on a Millenium tripod, but the lack of a deck has me wavering.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:08 PM   #35
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Very nice. Many years ago now i bought a tripod from a guy off the side of the road. He had a genius set up. Please excuse my poor art work. But, he welded and extension on a collar under the seat. You can set a removable gun rail in the collar. The rail turns with the seat, so it is always centered in front of the shooter. Makes for a really easy conversion from bow to gun hunting. I've often thought having the gun rail, and a similar one off to one side or the other, depending on right of left handedness, as a bow holder.

I won't be back to my lease until opening weekend of dove season. If you'd like i could take some pictures and send to you. Your build looks great.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #36
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great work but I would suggest just leaving that gear box open, no top. just one more thing to get in the way, make noise or get you caught opening and closing. easy access the way it is. if you leave anything just leave it in a plastic bag to keep it dry.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:38 PM   #37
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great work but I would suggest just leaving that gear box open, no top. just one more thing to get in the way, make noise or get you caught opening and closing. easy access the way it is. if you leave anything just leave it in a plastic bag to keep it dry.
My concern with leaving it without a top is that myself or someone else will forget that it is there, step into it then fall. I think I will live with the risk of getting caught.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:50 PM   #38
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I like it, what material did you use for the seat pedestal?
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:15 PM   #39
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I like it, what material did you use for the seat pedestal?
Schedule 40 pipe. It's the only round stock my steel supply carries other than schedule 80.

I was trying to get this thing completed today so that I could run to the lease in the morning to get it set up. Unfortunately, Murphy had other ideas and has been kicking me where the sun don't shine all day long. The straw that broke the camels back was when the wire speed knob on my welder broke off at 4:15 this afternoon basically bringing progress to a screeching halt.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:39 AM   #40
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Nice design and work
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:39 PM   #41
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Like it. Looks like it will be comfortable to hunt.
If you add an umbrella and a "cooler" make sure you put a seat belt on er!
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:08 PM   #42
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It's complete. This weekend she will be set up in place.

The bow holder swings with the chair so it will always be handy when I need to grab it. The chair is also mounted to a boat swivel so the bow holder can double as a gun rest if I ever feel the desire to pick up a rifle. Might even be able to use it with a pistol. For the handle on the gear box I used stainless steel 400lb shark leader to help keep it low profile and reduce tripping hazards. The same leader material was used to keep the lid from flopping over when it is opened.

Once up and in place I will post some final pics.
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:24 PM   #43
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very cool
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:41 PM   #44
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Couldnt have turned out any better. Great build.
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:42 PM   #45
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:41 PM   #46
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Very nice
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:02 PM   #47
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Awesome Job!
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:25 PM   #48
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Very cool, love the offset seat!
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:31 PM   #49
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I like it!!!
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:17 PM   #50
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I want one! Looks great! Very well thought out, sir.
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