How to Make a Strong Box Stand

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Hunting leaves you exposed to the elements.

When you go hunting or shooting, a box stand (also called a shooting house) will keep you sheltered from the elements and out of sight of your prey. A strong box stand will hold numerous people. As a bonus, a box stand is more comfortable than laying on the ground or sitting against a tree. With a small pile of materials and a few tools, almost anyone can construct a strong box stand.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill or screwdriver
  • 1 box of wood screws
  • 10 to 12 sheets of 1/2-inch plywood
  • 2-by-4, 20 to 22
  • Shingles
  • Hinge set for one door
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Instructions

  1. Build Your Box Stand

    • 1

      Construct the floor of your box stand. Using the 2-by-4s, make the floor frame 8 feet in length and make the width half the length of your 2-by-4s. Screw the frame together, bracing it with 2-by-4 pieces every foot along the frame to ensure the floor will be strong. Cover the floor frame with plywood pieces and screw them into place, making sure the screws go through the plywood and into the floor frame braces.

    • 2

      Make a frame for the rear wall, using the 2-by-4s. With the rear wall frame as your guide, build the frame for the side walls and the front wall onto your box stand's floor. Use corner bracing and additional wood screws to ensure your box stand frame is secure.

    • 3

      Sheet the inside and outside of the box stand frame with plywood, using numerous wood screws for added strength. To assemble the door, use the hinge set on a piece of plywood between two braces on the front wall section.

    • 4

      Create your roof now that your floor and walls are constructed. Use the remaining 2-by-4s to add braces for the roof, running from the front wall to the back wall for maximum strength. Screw plywood to the roof frame. Attach shingles to the plywood for a roof that will survive longer in the elements.

    • 5

      Cut a window into your box stand's side wall. If you don't plan to sit on the floor, sit in the chair you will have in the stand and visualize where you want the window to go; don't blindly guess the window location. Take care not to cut into a 2-by-4 when cutting the plywood hole for the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • The higher off the ground, the less-stable your box stand will be so consider that when deciding how far off the ground you will construct your box stand. Additionally, your view isn't necessarily better as the box stand gets higher.

  • Consider painting the exterior of the box stand in a camouflage pattern so it blends in with the environment.

  • Putting vinyl siding on the exterior of the box stand will increase its longevity.

  • If building your box stand on public land, ensure you have permission or the proper permits first.

  • When using power tools, follow the safety instructions that came with the product.

  • Wear protective eye wear when working with tools.

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References

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