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Old 08-17-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default $8 Treestand, Pallet Ladder Stands

Got some decent work done this weekend on the stands, and took a few pics so you could see how we build them. Like I said in the older post on pallet stands, they ain't pretty, but they work, and they are mighty cheap!

The ladders are built with either carpet or roofing felt pallets attached to standard skids.
The hang-on stands are built either from 2x4 scrap or from a 10' 2x10. Either way, they run under $10. I pad the seat with underlayment then cover it with waterproof foam.

The tripod was a half DIY... got it with no seat, no platform, just the tree legs, ladder and top connector. Since I can't weld, everything gets added on with wood. Use a penetrating stain then several coats of outdoor paint which we get free, since my hunting buddy runs a paint company, and we use leftovers.
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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All I can say is REDNECK!!!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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All I can say is REDNECK!!!!
That's the idea!!! We have 4 ladders and 3 treestands for under $50!!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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That's the idea!!! We have 4 ladders and 3 treestands for under $50!!!
Thats awesome. Nice work.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:17 PM   #7
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Nice work!

(Just be sure to spend part of what you saved on a safety harness!)

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:23 PM   #8
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All I wanna know is - why is there a 12' tripod still in the box in photo #2
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:04 PM   #9
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All I wanna know is - why is there a 12' tripod still in the box in photo #2
Just got 2 of them this weekend at academy for $80...score!
Will be putting them up sept 5th when the previous lesees get off our new place!
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:03 PM   #10
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Now that's what I'm talking about! Something from nothing...my favorite.

You got 2 stands for $80!?!
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:19 PM   #11
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I use to build those wooden ladder stands when I was a kid in Georgia. That was before all the modern equipment was available. Long time ago. We use to sit on top of plastic milk crates with a boat cushion. Those were great times in the woods. You just helped bring back alot of great memories with this thread! Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:42 PM   #12
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Please be careful, Wood and weather can be dangerous. WEAR A HARNESS
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:05 PM   #13
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That's the idea!!! We have 4 ladders and 3 treestands for under $50!!!
What ever it takes to get it done right!
Some people on here dont remember when they didint have lock-ons or climbers, ladder or tripod stands.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:03 AM   #14
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Good job ER. Ya did yourself proud. How do you attach your stands to the tree? Used cable, chain or bailing wire?
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:17 AM   #15
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I agree completely, NOT pretty. But very functional
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:37 AM   #16
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:01 AM   #17
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one downfall I remember from the wooden ladder stands I built.....that's one heavy mother right there. You better have help or a whole lotta ***** to haul that thing through the woods. here in GA the dammit vines make you give it an extra special effort!
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:40 AM   #18
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I feel there's nothing more satisfying then to build something yourself!

Good job...
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:45 AM   #19
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looks good, cheap also
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:44 AM   #20
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Nice work!

(Just be sure to spend part of what you saved on a safety harness!)

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X2!!! Safety harness is a must!
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:54 AM   #21
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Don't use them. You might die!
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:55 AM   #22
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Good job ER. Ya did yourself proud. How do you attach your stands to the tree? Used cable, chain or bailing wire?
Baling wire and duct tape

Actually, we use lagbolts to attach a 2x6 nice and straight between 2 trees, then bolt to that. We put another crossmember lower between the trees so that it strengthens everything, and put 2 2x4 braces about the middle.
Our trees are small, so we find that bracing 2 together gives us much more strength.
Any branches we have to cut off the front to get the stands in, we screw or ziptie behind the stand to break up the silhouette and add cover.

Depending on where deer are coming from this year, we may pull the garden chairs and add the IKEA office chairs to allow swivels.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:41 PM   #23
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Good job ER. Ya did yourself proud. How do you attach your stands to the tree? Used cable, chain or bailing wire?
Is this Tink under a different screen name? Nothing wrong with building something for yourself. I guess since you didn't spend a bunch of $ at Bass Pro Shops it is just a hillbilly death contraption. I dig it.

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:29 AM   #24
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I can't ever think of wanting to use a pallet for a tree stand platform, its always left-over wood that can't be graded for consumer/construction use. I wouldn't trust it unless it was braced and double braced and sheeted with plywood..........
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #25
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Those are awesome.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:31 PM   #26
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I have a pallet stand hanging from chains in a tree. Killed a lot of deer out of it.
It seems that my deer don't particularly care about how good my stand looks. They all die just as dead as the ones I shoot from a store bought stand! Just be safe and secure them good.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:04 PM   #27
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Looks like you use what you have. Some have $$$'s to throw at a hobbie. You use the resources you have. Good for you.

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:21 PM   #28
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I like!!!

I remember when a comfortable deer stand was a 1x6 instead of a 1x4 nailed to a limb!
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:46 PM   #29
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:18 AM   #30
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Old school!
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Old 08-22-2009, 09:46 AM   #31
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Hey, I really like em.nice work
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:18 PM   #32
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Rednecks will hunt for food . We use to do the same thing . Here is another one of those free pallets .
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:59 PM   #33
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looks great to me nice work. ive been thinkin of makin some for myself
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:40 PM   #34
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there was 4 of them on our lease like that when we got on it last year
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:11 PM   #35
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Guys please wear a safety harness and a full length safety rope. Look on Summit's website for the safety rope.

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:43 PM   #36
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I am all for safety..but what are we talking about here..8' I mean, heck, I would not do it for fun, but I have fallen off roofs that high many times and never had more than a sprained ankle.
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:45 PM   #37
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That my friend is one of a kind, I use to have all tree stand build out of pallets. talent my friend, Talent. I am impressed
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:49 PM   #38
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I have been hunting since the age 12, and I just took the Bowhunters Education safety course, and I think it was mentioned at least 30 times to never use a homemade stand. The $50-75$ spent on a tree stand, and practicing safety for FREE, is far cheaper than a HUGE doctor's bill and a fused spine, or a lost loved one. It just simply ain't worth it.

PLEASE be safe.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:59 PM   #39
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Green ackers :d
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #40
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Cool!
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:26 PM   #41
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Looks good. Not to get off topic here, but how are these stands less safe than a store bought one?
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:24 PM   #42
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Looks good. Not to get off topic here, but how are these stands less safe than a store bought one
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:26 PM   #43
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Is this Tink under a different screen name? Nothing wrong with building something for yourself. I guess since you didn't spend a bunch of $ at Bass Pro Shops it is just a hillbilly death contraption. I dig it.
Man that aint right.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:19 PM   #44
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Looks good to me
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:56 PM   #45
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:07 AM   #46
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Perfect for those area's you wanna hunt but not dump in a ton of money to do it
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:27 PM   #47
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OMG !!! Are you joking? If they fall and hopefully not with you in it, you can use the scrap wood for your firepit. These stands are a real no, no. That's the stand my momma warned me about ... Please don't use them.
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:36 PM   #48
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nothin' wrong with that, some ain't got or can't spend the money on them store boughts. If put up right there as sturdy as you can get. keep on huntin' english
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:54 PM   #49
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save money on stand to buy better arrows, lol
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:21 PM   #50
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....I wouldn't hunt out of it but whatever works for you my friend!
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