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Old 10-27-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Quick and easy ground blind seat

This is just a quickie to get this forum started:

Plastic boat seat
boat seat swivel (not an elevated one, a flat one that mounts flush)
5 or 6 gallon plastic bucket (6 gallon if you're over 5'9 or taller / 5 gallon if you're 5'8 or shorter)
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Drill /hardware that should come with the boat seat

Mark the holes on the top of the bucket where you will attach the swivel base. Drill out the holes.

Attach the swivel to the seat.

Attach the swivel/seat to the bucket.

Paint bucket black or a dark color.

Test it out for squeaks. There shouldn't be any, but if there is slap some lithium grease on there.

You can leave the carrying handle on the bucket to tote it around with or remove it to avoid any untimely noises when you step on it in the blind!

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Old 10-27-2006, 02:26 PM   #2
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Here's another option for a similar chair. These were made more or less like Chew's except that I used step stools from Walmart instead of buckets. I shamelessly stole this design from Cotton. But it's my understanding that Lip was either the first or among the first to introduce the concept. Just trying to give credit where due. The only thing I added on my own was a bowholder from Boss Buck and a Kwikee Kwiver bracket.

Obviously, the one on the left had not been assembled yet when these pictures were taken. I thought it might be helpful to photograph them when one was complete and the other was just a pile of parts.
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Here it is holding my bow and quiver.
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Works great and perfect height for pop-ups!
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Old 10-28-2006, 12:55 PM   #3
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Just got through putting one together as Snakelover suggests - except that I have a cupholder on the right side instead of the quiver holder. It will be good to have a place to set binoculors, calls, etc...

It seems to be the perfect height, and it is dead quiet. Can't wait to get it in the field.

...now I just need to figure out where to attach a strap for carrying it.

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Old 10-28-2006, 10:26 PM   #4
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I have been makeing seats like this on 5gal plastic buckets for over 20 years. They work great..
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:19 PM   #5
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looks good to me
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:36 PM   #6
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:00 AM   #7
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David....did you have trouble attaching nuts and washers to the underside of the stool? The one I tried like that was full of little dividers that got in the way of each hole that I had drilled. Had so much headache that I went back to the bucket. But then again...I'm about as mechanically inclined as a dodo bird.
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:20 AM   #8
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Also shamelessly copied (we call it leveraging where I work) the design shown above except I used an old disk blade with a 13" boat seat pedestal welded on it, in place of the stool. Very sturdy and comfortable. Have a DB T2 and a CV, seat was little tall in the CV because the blind is setup on a slope, perfect in the T2. Bowholders work great, design could easily be leveraged/copied but would take to much effort for the $12 price tag from BossBuck.

Also Chew I think if you cut a piece of plywood (trim it to fit flush against the bottom side of the stool) and bolt through the stool, dividers/stiffeners, and plywood you would have better luck.

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Old 10-31-2006, 08:06 AM   #9
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Does that provide good back support? My lower back is completely shot and this season is the first time I've had to quit hunting b/c of back pain. If I could get a chair with good support I might be able to stay put long after 8 am.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:46 AM   #10
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Chew, good question! I did it exactly as bcdawg1 just described! 1/4" plywood is more than enough. Used flat washers and lock washers to make sure it all stays tight. By sandwiching the dividers, you retain all the strength that they were intended to provide.

Dusty Britches, the seat in my picture actually provides better back support, in my opinion, than the taller, narrower boat seats you sometimes see. Those taller, narrower ones used to hit my back in a really bad place right beneath my shoulder blades. Ughhh! You would think that, since they are taller, they would support your back better, but that's not been my experience AT ALL! The broader base of the seat in my picture supports my back a LOT better. These have been by far the most comfortable and supportive seats I've ever used for hunting. And you could possibly add a lumbar support pillow if need be.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:04 AM   #11
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for the $12 price tag from BossBuck.
Where are you finding them for $12? I see them on Boss Buck.com for $19.99.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:07 AM   #12
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... we call it leveraging where I work ...
... the design shown above ...
... Very sturdy ...
... design could easily be leveraged/copied but would take to much effort for the $12 price tag from BossBuck ...
... if you cut a piece of plywood and bolt through the stool, dividers/stiffeners, and plywood you would have better luck.

What are you? Some kind of civil engineer or something?
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:22 AM   #13
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Looks like the price went up, I don't have my receipt anymore but I could have sworn when I ordered the bowholders in July they were around $12.

David you ordered some recently also am I remembering wrong or were they cheaper.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:43 AM   #14
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They sure enough did go up! They were still $11.99 when I looked at it I'd say about two weeks ago. Just looked and they are now $19.99. INFLATION!

By the way, this is the kind of seat that will kill your back!...
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:09 AM   #15
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Nice, I think that would be perfect for where I'm hunting. THANKS!
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:50 PM   #16
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Thumbs up I made one today -

I think its is going to work out really well.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:02 AM   #17
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That's a nice one KDog. If you carry it by the handle you can almost get an 18 pack in the bucket!
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:13 PM   #18
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Chew - an 18 pack?...You must be hardcore and hunt all day .

I used it this weekend, it worked great. The bucket actually made my seat a little to tall for my blind. I think it would have worked perfectly in my double bull matrix (67 inch height), but in my eastman x5 (60 inch height) it was a little too tall. I just got my shovel and started digging.
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Old 11-30-2006, 07:59 AM   #19
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I made on of the Chew/Kdog versions last week.
Seat = $26 & change at wolly world
Swivel $3.99 at Academy
Bucket- free from work

Two things I'd like to point out.
You have to provide the hardware for the swivel to bucket connection.
I used 1/4-20 hardware with bolt top heads so I could reach under with an open end wrench to tighten them down. Had I used lag bolts the next tip might be avoided-

You need to drill the holes on the bucket to the inside of the slots (towards the center of the swivel) or the bucket won't rotate past the bolt heads. I know that should be thought of easy enough and it was, after I did it the wrong way first .

I wrapped my handle in foam and then wrapped that in duct tape (camo of course). I also duct tape wrapped (small strips) the handle shaft where it goes through the sides of the bucket to help remove the noisy slop. It worked.

Thanks for the idea Chew, I knew the Cotton version was out there; just not the cheaper model .
My folding chair idea just wasn't working out. Too low & too noisy.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:42 PM   #20
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I built one of these for my last hunting trip. The only difference is I used a different boat seat. I was sitting about 8 hours at a time, and knew the foldup chairs wouldn't get the jod done. The chair worked great.

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Old 01-11-2008, 08:48 AM   #21
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The base that snakelover used for his works much better than a 5 gallon bucket. I weigh 200lbs and I have had an issue with my 5 gallon bucket starting to bend/collapse. I have another with the base like Snakelover used, and it is working perfectly.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:26 AM   #22
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the solid plastic ones will pop when you lean forward then back when they age, not a real problem though, I have a similiar setup in my blind
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Old 01-11-2008, 05:20 PM   #23
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That's a nice one KDog. If you carry it by the handle you can almost get an 18 pack in the bucket!
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the solid plastic ones will pop when you lean forward then back when they age, not a real problem though, I have a similiar setup in my blind
Are these the same shooting chairs that one of Harris County's finest has a problem staying in when he is flinging arrows at deer?
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:11 AM   #24
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Looks good. Have to get on that!
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #25
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Here is the deal of the century! Target has office swivel chairs on sale this week for $15...can't beat that.

http://weeklyad.target.com/target/de...er%5Fweeklyad2
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:24 PM   #26
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great idea i will have to try them
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:41 AM   #27
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We made one of these with a 15" pedistal on a base of plywood this year. My only problem was with the seat its self. Sounded like a heard of cattle if you shifted on it at all, the air being released from the cushion made too much noise. We removed the seat cushion and it's quite as a mouse. My Dad told me two days ago that we ruined his seat by removing the cushion... (typical for him to let his sons do all the work then criticize how it's done ), I told him he could have it back if he liked but it made too much noise IMHO. I'll spare the extra $10 and buy the seats without the cushioning when making my next ground blind seat.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:18 AM   #28
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I use a boat swivel on my plastic seat, It has been in my blind for 3 years it pops sometimes when you move around, what type of oil/grease should i use to quiten it?
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Nice job Snakelover, I may try that. Hard to beat my fold up chair with the back rest from Academy for carrying through the woods though, but if you can leave it in the blind, you win.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:17 PM   #30
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been using the seats just like Snake lover for about the past 7 years. They work better for ground blinds than the buck does. Reason being is the ground is not alway level and a bucket will not sit good on an uneven ground. But a stool with 4 legs will.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:55 PM   #31
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i used the same thing for my bow blind that is about 10 ft hi works great
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:33 PM   #32
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A good time of year to sent this back to the top.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:25 PM   #33
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This is exactly what I have been trying to come up with.

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Old 08-20-2009, 10:33 PM   #34
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Been hunting out of some with the walmart step for about 6-7 years now... Still work great. Prob built first one in 2002
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:17 AM   #35
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Looks good boys.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #36
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I made mine like Snakelovers about 2-3 years ago. They work great and I weigh 265 lbs. They are easy and quiet.
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:11 AM   #37
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Looks great.
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Old 08-24-2009, 04:45 PM   #38
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Been using one like Snakelovers for the last couple of years and it works great.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:53 AM   #39
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going to have to make one of these now
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:20 PM   #40
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This looks great! Ill have to make one, any reason that it couldnt be left in my popup all season? Also i know this is a dumb question, but it is ok to leave pop-ups up all season? and do you take yours down after? or leave it for other things like turkey later in the year?
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #41
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Great looking design. Wonder if there is any way to modify my treestand like this.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:27 AM   #42
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those all look like theyll do just fine, nice work
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:39 AM   #43
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:16 PM   #44
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I like the ideas and I think I'll do one out of seven gallon bucket. I want it to shoot doves, so a little higher would be better to stand up quicker. Legs aren't what they used to be.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:57 PM   #45
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Made one last year from the details sent by snake lover. They are the best. Wish the bow holder would go to both sides of the chair to accommodate both the right and left hand shooters on our lease. O' well it fits me fine. I like the idea of cup holder as well. Maybe some of the welders on TBH can produce the right and left handed bow & cup holders for the chair mount.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:22 AM   #46
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:13 PM   #47
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:16 PM   #48
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:33 AM   #49
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We have been building those for years with the buckets. We cut a piece of 1/2" plywood and put it in the top lip of the lid and attach them to it. That way we can keep stuff in the bucket so critters can't get to it.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:30 AM   #50
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Thanks for the tip, I'm going to go home a build one today.
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