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When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Ladder Tree Stand Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 220″ long, 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 23 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/4″ long 2xFRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 67 1/4″ long BRACES
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long, 2 pieces – 26 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 41 1/2″ long RAILS
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23 1/4″x26 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 26″x30 1/4″ long BACKREST
Building a tree deer stand
The first step of the project is to build the actual ladder for the tree stand. Use 4×4 pressure treated lumber for the posts (220″ long) and 2×4 lumber for the steps. If you buy 20′ long beams and you want to build a permanent stand, you could set the posts into the ground for 20″. Otherwise, cut the beams to size. Drill pilot holes through the slats and secure them to the posts using 3″ decking screws.
Next, build the horizontal frames for the stand from 4×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions, using the information from the diagram. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Use corner connectors to lock the components together.
Fit the horizontal frames to the ladder and to the tree, as shown in the plans. Use a spirit level to make sure the ladder is plumb and to check if the frames are horizontal. Use 6″ lag screws to lock the frames to the ladder and to the tree.
Build the braces for the deer stand from 4×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees.
Fit the braces to the deer stand, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 5″ screws to lock the braces to the framing. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws.
Fit the vertical 2×4 supports to the frame of the deer stand, as shown in the plans. Use a spirit level to plumb the supports before locking them to the frame. Drill pilot holes before inserting the 3″ decking screws into the frame.
Next, attach the railings to the supports. Use 3″ decking screws to lock the components to the supports. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the 2×4 supports to the frame of the deer stand. The components will support the floor and the seat. Drill pilot holes and insert 3″ decking screws.
Build the floor and the seat from 3/4″ plywood. Use a saw to make the notches to the plywood sheets. Smooth the cut edges before attaching the sheets to the frame.
Attach the sheets to the frame, as shown in the plans. Use 1 1/4″ screws to lock the plywood sheets into place. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
After assembling the tree ladder deer stand, you should make sure the joints are durable and rigid.
The deer stand seen from another angle.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to protect the stand from the elements.
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