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#5890090 - 08/21/15 09:27 PM Metal blind/stand legs?
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Anyone ever used heavy angle iron or tubing with the blind elevators for wood deer stand? Wondering how high I could go without cross bracing on a 4x6 box.
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#5890207 - 08/21/15 10:49 PM Re: Metal blind/stand legs? [Re: jkk]
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Personally, I'd use cross bracing of some sort if it was only 30" off the ground, just for stability. Higher and I would use bracing no question.

I used 3"x3" square tubing I had on hand for my 8'x8' blind, it is 14' high. Poles are cemented in the ground and I also cross braced using some 3/4" round rod I had. I like stable and it is solid as a rock. My blind is wood, but the rest of the frame is all steel.
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#5890376 - 08/22/15 08:28 AM Re: Metal blind/stand legs? [Re: jkk]
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I would get ahold of some used oil pipe. Make sure it's still solid and strong, I would get 3". Each joint should be roughly 31' long. After cutting in half and sinking a couple feet in the ground you should still be around 12' high. Then I would use 1" as cross braces
Or find a 32' joint cut into 8' sections and you could be about 5 1/2 off the ground

I wouldn't go above 3' without cross braces but that's just me.
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#5890678 - 08/22/15 01:38 PM Re: Metal blind/stand legs? [Re: jkk]
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I have built several out of 1 1/4" angle iron up to 6 ft, will need cross bracing. On the 4x6 the base was 6 x 8 for stability. Used rebar in all four corners driven in the ground with the screw in anchor in the middle with a turn buckle attachment.
I have built 10' 4 x 4 blinds out of the same size, no problem.

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#5897236 - 08/26/15 12:43 PM Re: Metal blind/stand legs? [Re: jkk]
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Originally Posted By: jkk
Anyone ever used heavy angle iron or tubing with the blind elevators for wood deer stand? Wondering how high I could go without cross bracing on a 4x6 box.


Unless you use 6" or bigger well casing, anything taller than 6 or 8 feet (without cross-braces) will SWAY ;
get conditions just right (continuous med-strong winds), and the swaying could oscillate and bring the whole thing down ( google 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge ).

Having 6 or more posts (instead of 4) could help - but cross-braces are much cheaper way to eliminate swaying.

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#5897853 - 08/26/15 07:09 PM Re: Metal blind/stand legs? [Re: jkk]
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I recently built a 4X6 box blind with 3/4 treated plywood, 2X4 treated base, and 4X4 treated corner posts (really heavy). I only had four horizontal 2X4's around the 6' 4X4 legs with elevators installed and it was super wobbly. Ended up doing cross braces around the entire leg base and it was amazingly stout.
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