INTRODUCTION

What is a deer stand? A deer stand is a structure that you use during deer hunting. The deer stand makes hunting of a deer seem easy as it keeps you hidden from the sight of deer: like a sniper in battle. Moreover, it blocks your scent from the deer which increases your chances of impromptu assault. The deer stand is a dynamic structure as you can use any type of weapon in it. More so, due to its size, it can be installed in a small piece of land

. This article tries to simplify the misconception that building a deer stand is a complex endeavor. I will simplify it by breaking down this construction by dwelling on the major parts of the deer stand. There are two main parts to a deer stand-the blind and tower.

REQUIREMENTS

1. TOOLS

Most of this tools are a dangerous hence you need to go through their manuals first, to reduce the risk of accidents occurring. Having protective gear during this task is essential such as safety goggles, welding gloves and welding masks. Tools include:

• Tools: welder, chop saw, jig saw, skill saw, grinder, and cordless drill. Speed square

• Welder tape measure

• Self-drilling screws grinder

• 3/8-inch drill bit

• Welder

• Crescent wrench

2. MATERIALS

• Blind:65 feet of 1-inch square tubing

• Walls: 1 sheet of 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood, 8 feet of 1-inch square tubing

• Tower :24 feet of 2-inch square tubing

• Legs : 56 feet of 2-inch square tubing

• Ladder : 11 feet of 2-inch square tubing,12 feet of 1-inch square tubing,2 feet of 3-inch angle iron

• Connection :4 bolts at 4 inches long 4 nuts 4washers

BUILDING PROCEDURE

1. Building the Blind.

The Blind consists of a frame, door, walls, and windows.

Dimensions for the blind will be 4-foot long by 4-foot wide by 6-foot high. You will have to use a 1-inch square tubing in building the frame of the door and blind.

Material for use in building the walls and door is plywood.

Before you begin care must be taken by avoiding to touch the blade of the chop saw while in use and wearing safety goggles while using chop saw.

Frame.

You will use 65 feet of 1-inch square tubing as material and the following as tools:

• Chop saw

• Welder

• Grinder

• Speed square

• Tape measure

Follow the instructions below:

 using the chop saw;

Cut 4 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 48 inches, 4 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 46 inches, 5 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 70 inches.

 Fit the 44-inch pieces in alignment inside the 48-inch pieces using a speed square to attain 90 degree angles. The arrangement should be similar to the picture below:

 Weld the joints to create a 4 foot by 4 foot Squares. Use the grinder to smoothen the welded joints.

 A 70 inch piece should be welded at each corner of one of the squares. Ensure that these pieces are upright and on top of the square .The speed square comes in handy in ensuring the pieces are upright. A one 70-inch piece should be remaining thereafter weld the other square on top of the 70-inch, upright pieces. You should end up having a 4 foot long by 4 foot wide by 6 foot high frame.

 Measure using a tape measure, 2 feet interval along the height of the frame and make a mark. Do same at the top and bottom of the frame.

 Weld the bars across to create a platform for the fixing of plywood.

 With the tape measure in hand measure 5inches on the bottom and top of the remaining 70-inch piece and leave a mark. Having this in place, put the 70-inch frame on the marks previously made. Ensure the 70-inch piece lines up with the marks both at the top and bottom of the frame and placed in the middle of one of the sides of the frame. Weld it to form the backside of the blind.

You now have the frame of the blind.

Door for blind

Materials to be used:

• 1 sheet of 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood

• 8 feet of 1-inch square tubing

Tools required:

Skill saw, door handle, chop saw hinges, welder, tape measure, self-drilling screws, grinder, and cordless drill, speed square, clamps.

Procedure:

 Using the chop saw:

• Cut 4 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 48 inches

• Cut 4 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 46 inches

• Cut 5 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 70 inches

Arrange the pieces as the picture below shows:

 Using a speed square to attain 90 degree angles, align the 20 inch pieces inside the 69 inch pieces. Obtain a 22 inch by 69 inch rectangle by welding the pieces together.

Smoothen the welds by using a grinder.

 Proceed by cutting 2 feet off the 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood sheet using the skill saw so that you remain with a 4-foot by 6-foot plywood.

 Halve the 4-foot by 6-foot sheet in half so that you have 2-foot by 6-foot pieces using the skill saw.

 Have the door frame placed on one of the 2-foot by 6-foot ply wood pieces. Attach the wood to the frame using clamps.

 Screw the wood to the frame using a cordless drill and self-drilling screws then remove the clamps.

 Screw a hinge to the ply wood at 22 inches from the top of the door. The top of the hinge should be at the 22-inch mark. Do the same from the bottom of the door. You can now put the door onto the frame of the blind to the right of the 70-inch piece in the middle of the back side of the frame and put to where the hinges are on the far right side of the frame.

 Screw the hinges to the outside of the 70-inch corner piece once the door is in place.

At about 2 feet up from the bottom screw a door handle to the outside of the door.

WALLS

Materials and Tools

• 4 sheets of 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood.

• 1 piece of 2-foot by 6-foot ply wood.

• Skill saw.

• Cordless drill.

• Self-drilling screws.

• Tape measure.

Procedure:

 Halve the 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood in half to where there are two, 4-foot by 4-foot pieces using the skill saw.

 Using the skill saw Cut 2 feet off the remaining three sheets of 4-foot by 8-foot ply wood to where there are three, 4-foot by 6-foot pieces.

The three sides will use the 4-foot by 6-foot pieces whereas the top and bottom of the blind will use the 4-foot by 4-foot pieces. The other 2-foot by 6-foot piece will be used on the rear back where there is remaining space.

Switch the frame of blind upside do to where the bottom is on top.

 Now on the side that is top, Place one of the 4-foot by 4-foot pieces and screw it to the frame using the cordless drill and the self-drilling screws and turn the frame to where the bottom is back on the bottom side.

 With the 2-foot by 6-foot piece left over from building the door, place it on the remaining space on the rear side of the frame. This piece should be on the left side of the 70-inch piece in the middle. Screw it using the cordless drill and the self-drilling screws.

 The blind should now have a bottom and a back side with half of the back side being the door. Roof the blind with the other 4-foot by 4-foot piece using the cordless drill and the self-drilling screws.

 The two sides and the front side are the only open spaces of the blind. The 3 remaining pieces of ply wood each of 4-foot by 6-foot should be placed on the 3 remaining sides of the blind. Screw the pieces to the frame using the cordless drill and the self-drilling screws.

You now have a complete blind.

Window

Materials and Tools

• jig saw

• cordless drill

• 3/8-inch drill bit

• Tape measure

Procedure:

 Both from the right side and left side measure in 1 foot from the right side and 2 feet from the top and make a dot on the front side and two side walls.

 Measure in 1 foot from the right side and 3 feet from the bottom and make a dot on the front side and two side walls. Do the same on the left side.

 You’ll connect the dots on each wall to have a 1-foot by 2-foot rectangle drawn on each wall.

 To give you a starting place for cutting drill a hole in one corner of each of the Rectangles using the cordless drill and the 3/8-inch drill bit. The holes would have to be inside of the lines you have drawn.

 Cut each rectangle out using the jig saw.

2. Building the Tower.

The dimensions of the tower would be 5.5 feet tall, each leg will be 6-foot long and protruding at an angle of 15 degrees. The platform and legs will be crafted from 2-inch square tubing. The ladder will be built using 1-inch and 2-inch square tubing.

Materials and tools:

• 24 feet of 2-inch square tubing.

• Chop saw.

• Welder.

• Grinder.

• Speed square.

Procedure:

 Using the chop saw cut;

2 pieces of 2 inch square tubing at 48 inches long.

4 pieces of 2 inch square tubing at 44 inches long.

 The 44-inch pieces are aligned inside the 48-inch pieces with the 44-inch pieces being 16 inches apart. Use a speed square to make sure all the angles are 90 degrees. Arrange the pieces as shown below:

 To form the platform for your tower, weld the pieces together using the welder. You should now have a 4-foot by 4-foot square with two 44-inch pieces welded in the middle. Smoothen the welds with a grinder.

Legs

Materials and Tools

• 56 feet of 2-inch square tubing.

• Chop saw.

• Welder.

• Tape measure.

Procedure:

 Using the chop saw;

• Cut 4 pieces of 2-inch square tubing at 72 inches.

• Cut 4 pieces of 2-inch square tubing at 64 inches.

• Cut one end of each 72-inch piece at a 15 degree angle. Rotation of the chop saw enables you to cut at 15 degrees.

 At each corner of the platform weld one leg with the end with the 15 degree angle cut being the end welded to the platform.

 The leg supports are the four 64-inch pieces hence weld one 64-inch piece 2 feet up from the ground to one leg and to the leg beside it. The other three 64-inch pieces would have to be welded to the remaining legs.

 Each leg should have two supports welded to it 2 feet above the ground making the supports form a square like shape.

A platform with four legs and supports should now exist for the tower.

Ladder

Materials and Tools

• 11 feet of 2-inch square tubing.

• 12 feet of 1-inch square tubing.

• 2 feet of 3-inch angle iron.

• Chop saw.

• Welder.

• Speed square.

• Tape measure.

Procedure:

 Using the chop saw cut:

1 piece of 2-inch square tubing at 59 inches,1 piece of 2-inch square tubing at 72 inches, 6 pieces of 1-inch square tubing at 24 inches, 1 piece of 3-inch angle iron at 6 inches, 1 piece of 3-inch angle iron at 12 inches.

 The steps for the ladder are the six, 1-inch square tubing pieces. The angle iron pieces will be used as supports and a connecter. Weld the 59-inch piece 6 inches down from the platform to two of the legs on the outside. This piece holds the ladder and is now the back side of the tower. At one end, weld one of the 24-inch pieces on top of the 72-inch piece. This has to be done in the middle of the 72 inch piece. Weld the remaining 24-inch pieces to the 72-inch piece. Space the steps out at 1 foot each.

 Weld the 6-inch piece of angle iron to the top of the ladder to the 72-inch piece to allow the ladder to hang on the 59-inch piece once the deer stand is stood up. Weld the 12-inch piece of angle iron to the bottom of the ladder to the 72-inch piece to provide support for the ladder on the ground.

With the tower being stood up, hang the ladder on the 59-inch piece.

 The tower of your deer stand is now complete.

3. Completing the Deer Stand

Materials and Tools

• Cordless drill.

• 3/8-inch drill bit.

• 4 bolts at 4 inches long.

• 4 nuts.

• 4washers.

Assembly

 Place the tower down to where the back side is on top and blind down to where the back side is on top.

 Place the tower to the top of platform against the bottom of the blind.

 To provide an even surface you will have to place some cinder blocks or bricks under the blind and tower.

Using the cordless drill and 3/8-inch drill bit drill a hole in each side from the bottom of the platform through the frame of the blind then insert a bolt in each hole. Ensure you insert the bolt from the inside of the blind.

Place a nut and washer on each bolt so that the washer is between the platform and the nut. The bolt has to be tightened using a crescent wrench.

Finishing Touches

Materials and Tools

• Wood water seal and paint

Apply wood water seal to the blind and paint to the blind and tower (optional). Stand you deer stand up.

Your deer stand is now completed and ready for hunting.

CONCLUSION

The deer stand is a perfect tool for deer hunting due to the stealth environment it provides for the hunter during hunting. I would highly advise hunters to acquire one by simply following the above procedures and building one.

I hope you the reader found this article helpful. Feel free to comment below on any issue you find relevant to this article.