I know that this topic is three years old, but just for the sake of reviving it - I will try to help.
There are times where you need something - but don't have the money to buy it. So Like Red Green - we try to improvise. When things don't go right, or we don't have the right materials - we always fall back on the Handyman's Secret Weapon - Duct Tape.
I have seen it used on everything from a fender of a Nascar Race Car going 200 MPH to a shifter handle on a 78' Dodge Dart.
I have built in my lifetime - some 30 tree stands. None of them ever fell down, because the main ingredient was using a tree.
The best set up I have built to date involves building a platform and using doubled 2 x 4's for legs. Attaching the platform to the legs with carriage screws. Leaning the platform against the side of a tree and putting a wood scab under the platform to keep it at a proper elevation - with double headed nails.
You then take a 2 x 6 and drill some holes so you can use 1/4 - 20 all thread and you put the board behind the tree - full length of the tree stand and you put about 6 of these all threads through the frame work of the tree stand and bolt it to the board behind the tree on one side and the tree stand platform frame on the other side and tighten it up until it is tight enough that it will not slip down the side of the tree.
It's a kind of cantilever design, where the more weight you put on the platform, the more it tries to stand up on it's own and is just leaning against the side of the tree.
At the end of the season, you can drop it down to the ground with a come along or you can take the board out from under the platform and loosen the all thread and let it lean against the tree and straighten it up again next year when you want to use it again.
The most dangerous part about building tree stands is when a person physically nails a nail into the bark of the tree. As the tree sways in the wind - 365 days a year, the nail is bent back and forth to the point of where it breaks. Usually the platform falls down or the railings breaks when someone leans on them and somebody gets hurt. As in the case of my pappy who fell 14 feet to the ground and landed on his can of pop and the action of his 760 Gamemaster bending everything except his ribs - which broke upon impact with the nice soft ground and hard can of soda.
If you want, I can tell you how to build a fireplace in your treestand that will keep you nice and warm. Better then any old store bought hunting blind..
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Sept 10, 2019 16:24:47 GMT -5
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