I’ve been working on adding permanent tree stand to the property that we hunt up in Maine this year. The design is one that I completely made up, and I’m not a carpenter so don’t take my example as gospel. One thing I can say is that it weighs a ton, and since it’s built out of Pressure treated wood, it should last at – least a decade as long as the tree I put it in stays there.
I used a template to get the spacing between the rungs on the ladder even. I guessed at the angle, but it ended up being quite comfortable to climb. Each of the rungs is held in with 3 3″ deck screws.
The central structure of the stand is all connected to a single 3.5 foot length of 2×10 pressure treated wood. This is the portion that gets mounted to the tree. Because of how the seat and floor are tied into this initial 2×10, it is very stable, and I have no worries of it coming apart. In the above shot you can see the decking is starting to get laid on it. Safety Rails are not yet up on the sides. The white stuff that you see on the joints is Liquid Nails. I applied a liberal amount to bond the wood together even if the screws were to fail.
This shows the ladder which is 12 foot long all together. It was built in two parts so that it can fit in my trailer, next to one of the ATVs.
The somewhat finalized shape. I ended up cutting the “safety rails” down because it wouldn’t fit on the trailer next to the ATV’s with them in place. They were then re-attached at a similar spot when i got it up in the air on the tree.
To install it, we first climbed the tree with some climbing sticks, and set up a ratchet strap above where the chair portion would sit. Using static climbing rope and pullys we pulled the chair up into the air, and ran lags through the 2×10 backing into the tree. There are probably a total of 10 lags holding it to the tree. Then the ladder is leaned up against it, and attached to the metal brackets. This can be taken down each year, and layed nearby to “prevent” people from using it when we are not there.