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The oldest member of camp has trouble on ladders now so converting his permanent stand to stairs and a semi box blind.. will eventually have hand rail, half door and sides to help keep wind weather out of it.  42 in or 48 in tall..  depending on wall and expected shots. 

you can see old ladder on other side of tree.  Will add a step or two at bottom after i move dirt to make the new entrance tail into new stairs.. 20240130_154616.thumb.jpg.28e6fdd22ac646a2dd16a312f0f72cbf.jpg20240130_154436.thumb.jpg.ab7a1cb60a928c4795c7699ca00a5dd3.jpg20240130_153431.thumb.jpg.215e56d05474821fb49c99f0fb647711.jpg

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that's great. no knock on what you're doing at all with what i'm about to type. i grew up hunting out of built wooden treestands like this but i'll never go back. shit a believed was par for the course in hind sight was ridiculously sketchy and unsafe. even well built stands had platforms get slick. I'd rather use a ladder or hunt from the ground on a high spot for visibility now.

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2 hours ago, dbHunterNY said:

that's great. no knock on what you're doing at all with what i'm about to type. i grew up hunting out of built wooden treestands like this but i'll never go back. shit a believed was par for the course in hind sight was ridiculously sketchy and unsafe. even well built stands had platforms get slick. I'd rather use a ladder or hunt from the ground on a high spot for visibility now.

Simple maintaiance of power washing  platform keep them from getting slick.  This one has been rebuilt in 2017.  And was originally  built  in 99.   Personally can't stand  ladder stands  prefer hang on but at 76 next year  a few modifications  to this one  is all that needed..    I am also a guy that takes down 30 plus stands and puts them back up after checking all straps amd.cables.  so maintaiance I'd  just part  of hunting..  definitely not a build it and forget it camp. 

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Got the mill out and started cutting some.lumber.  have a Few project requiring wood  theb1st is 16 12x 12x16in crates for a friend's wife's  buisness display.  Started some 3x3 larch posts  for raised garden box legs..  and started  making siding to close  in bottom 42 in of old timers stand  for concealment and weather control.. 20240201_144238.thumb.jpg.15d993312255b19eac14d441ceec6056.jpg

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16 hours ago, G-man said:

Railing  on just.need to pick up hardware for the half door at top of stairs20240210_090206.thumb.jpg.890772f0e402456b1cda5c13e5fd4854.jpg

Great job! The old timer will love it! 

But maybe a double railing just incase the stairs get snow or ice? Just to be double safe?

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8 minutes ago, Larry said:

Sucks getting old. I went to All ladder stands after my first knee replacement now that I had the second one a year and half ago glad I did a lot easier to climb.

90% of the time I just hunt from the ground. But when I do get above ground level, it's in a ladder stand. Sold my climber and hang on's awhile back. 

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4 hours ago, Larry said:

Sucks getting old. I went to All ladder stands after my first knee replacement now that I had the second one a year and half ago glad I did a lot easier to climb.

He has had a double  knee and  ladder.stands  are getting to be to much for him at 76..

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8 hours ago, grampy said:

90% of the time I just hunt from the ground. But when I do get above ground level, it's in a ladder stand. Sold my climber and hang on's awhile back. 

I got rid of my climber a long time ago after I fell out of it. Good thing I had a harness on. I went to stand up pushed down on the seat and it tilted and I fell out. I was able to lower the platform and climb back on.

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10 minutes ago, Larry said:

I got rid of my climber a long time ago after I fell out of it. Good thing I had a harness on. I went to stand up pushed down on the seat and it tilted and I fell out. I was able to lower the platform and climb back on.

I had a couple sketchy moments in my climber, but never fell. So glad your harness saved you! We continually preach using them in Hunter Ed.

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