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#4908835 - 01/13/14 09:41 PM Metal deer blind base
golfer610 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/02/14
Posts: 7
Looking into building a 4x6 blind on top of a 8' to 10' metal stand.

Is 1/8" angle iron good to use for the legs or should we jump to 3/16"? Is angle iron even strong enough to hold 500 - 700 lbs? (weight of blind plus person(s)?

Would it be unsafe to use angle iron at 1/8 or 3/16?

What would be more cost effective and reliable? Round/square tubing or angle iron?

I haven't found much information on the forum about metal based deer stands...

Thanks!

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#4908854 - 01/13/14 09:46 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
Karnis Offline
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Registered: 09/09/08
Posts: 262
Loc: Tarrant County
Square tubing is the way to go. Built many that way.
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#4908866 - 01/13/14 09:50 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
JustWingem Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
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Loc: Yantis TX
We pick up used Pallet racks for less than $250 depending on height and cross braces. This one is 16' with the blind sitting about 12'. Had a welder make the stairs with hand rails.

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#4908971 - 01/13/14 10:47 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
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With that height, and a 4' base with that much weight up top, are you concerned about it being top heavy and easily blown over?

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#4908977 - 01/13/14 10:53 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
JustWingem Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
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Loc: Yantis TX
Cable tied at all 4 corners. We have about a dozen like this and taller. West Texas so wind is always blowing with no issues.
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#4909293 - 01/14/14 08:12 AM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
Karnis Offline
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Very nice and a damn good ideer on the racks.......
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#4909391 - 01/14/14 08:55 AM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: JustWingem]
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Originally Posted By: JustWingem
We pick up used Pallet racks for less than $250 depending on height and cross braces. This one is 16' with the blind sitting about 12'. Had a welder make the stairs with hand rails.



Something tells me that you spent a lot of time building erector sets in your younger days up
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#4910251 - 01/14/14 03:18 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: Pope&Young]
JustWingem Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
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Loc: Yantis TX
Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
Originally Posted By: JustWingem
We pick up used Pallet racks for less than $250 depending on height and cross braces. This one is 16' with the blind sitting about 12'. Had a welder make the stairs with hand rails.



Something tells me that you spent a lot of time building erector sets in your younger days up


Nope! Just had a warehouse job and helped the company move back in high school. Got the idea when they set them up in the parking lot. Climbing up and checking out inventory.
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#4910407 - 01/14/14 04:35 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
golfer610 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/14
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How long have you been using those? Have they been used for years out in the sun and rain and whatnot?

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#4910711 - 01/14/14 06:42 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
JustWingem Offline
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Registered: 11/07/06
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Loc: Yantis TX
Some are over 25 years old. A little surface rust but nothing structural.
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#4910752 - 01/14/14 06:53 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
Weegs Offline
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 383
Loc: Round Rock
I can second the pallet rack idea. We bolted treated lumber across the legs to give it a bigger stance and you can see the gravel we used to make sure everything was level. Added a couple of pounds of rocks to the bottom shelf to help ballast the things just for fun. This has been rock solid for a couple of years now.


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#4912015 - 01/15/14 12:00 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
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Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
2" 14ga square tubing works well for towers. Then use 1" square to weld in some horizontal bracing near bottom, and some diagonal bracing. It will be solid.
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#4912905 - 01/15/14 07:07 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
Lazyman Offline
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Registered: 01/13/11
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Loc: Hamilton
1 1/2 square tubing is fine...That's what I build all mine out of..Just make sure there is some bracing and you should be fine...
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#4956040 - 02/05/14 04:37 PM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
gusman Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/24/12
Posts: 48
Loc: magnolia tx
Last two I built used 2" angle for the frame and 2"pipe on legs in the corners welded plate on the frame with 2 1/2 " leg sockets. WITH 12' legs need no cross bracing, just drive t post next to legs and tie with wire..

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#4960271 - 02/07/14 11:30 AM Re: Metal deer blind base [Re: golfer610]
9toes Offline
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Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 251
Loc: Ashdown Ar.
I use 1" on mine, and never a problem.


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