This post explains how to build a deer stand and provides the deer stand plans in Sketchup format. This 5×6 deer stand provides plenty of legroom and is big enough for two adult hunters. Required tools for building this deer stand are included as well as the bill of materials.
Here is a Sketchup drawing of the 5×6 deer stand I built this year. Searching for deer stand plans was a nightmare and I didn’t want to drop any money on something some crappy PDF of a 4×4 deer stand that I couldn’t shoot a bow out of. I set out to draw and build my deer stand for this season. You can do it too with these plans. There is also a link at the bottom of this page to download the Sketchup file if you would like to have all the measurements and the ability to change anything to your requirements.
First things first. I recommend the following tools for this job.
- Framing nail gun
- Skill saw
- Speed square
- Chalk line
- 4 foot level
- Framing hammer
- Tape measure
- 2 really steady saw horses
With the proper tools this job took 8 hours. This included going to the local big box store and picking up the following bill of materials all in at about $350 including nails for the nail gun.
- 50 – 2x3x8 framing studs
- 10 – 4x8x1/4 OSB
- 2 – 4x8x3/4 plywood
- 5 – 2x6x10 treated lumber
- 8 – 12in x 36in clear glass
- 1 – 1 gallon water based exterior paint (camo green)
Let me start by saying I’m not a framer, house builder or contractor. This is my best shot. I am open to constructive criticism and willing to make improvements over time. The project was a great challenge and I look forward to building more. So, let’s get into building the stand. Oh, yeah, click the pictures for a bigger printable view.
Step 1 – Framing the floor
Start on a level surface like garage floor or level the ground with cinder blocks or stepping stones. Whatever you have will work. Just make sure the ground at each corner is level so the stand will go up square.
Now, cut the 2x6x10 treated lumber to the specs below and nail them together. Remember that the measurements for the studs are from the outside of the first stud to the center of the inside studs. Another step is to make sure the frame is square. Measure from one corner to the opposite and do the same for the alternate corners. This measurement should be the same. If you get that right your wall should be square to each other which helps with the decking in the next step.
Step 2 – Lay the floor
Here’s where the chalk like starts to come in handy. Measure and cut the 3/4 plywood to the measurements below and nail them into floor frame. I used the framing nail gun for everything. It’s solid.
Step 4 – Framing the walls
Take your time here and get everything cut to size. Do each wall as close to specs as possible. I cut each stud for one wall at a time and put it together on the completed floor. I removed the completed wall and started the next one until all four walls were complete. Here are the specs.
Note that some of these measurements are NOT to the center of the inside studs. Be careful and lay everything out with the correct dimensions.
Left and Right Wall
Make two walls from the design below. They are identical.
This was the tricky part for me. It took me a few tries to get the angles right but it turned out to be a 1 degree angle on the cuts. Take your time and keep at it. It will finally come together and you’ll think.. Damn that wasn’t as hard as it seemed.
Completing the framing
Start with one of the walls that span the entire floor. That’s the Left and Right walls. They go on the short sides of the floor. Stand one up and nail it into the floor just like the picture below. You may have to nail a brace from the outside of the floor to the wall to keep it standing. I didn’t have to. It stood just fine on its own but be careful if you’re in a windy location. Continue nailing your walls into the floor then level each wall and nail into the other all the way up the corners.
Now, with the framing completed you can start putting on the OSB. Here is a picture of the completed frame ready for the exterior walls.
Step 5 – Putting up the decking
Here is a few pictures on the decking. Just take your time and make sure you nail the decking where it always breaks on the center of a stud. If they are cut right and you start then on the correct side it will break correctly. Also, I like putting my cut edges on the corners. That way if I’m off, trim will cover it.
Left and Right Decking
Front and Back Decking
Well, I hope it turned out okay for you. In the next post I’ll be building windows from clear glass and 2×3 studs. Should be fun.
As promised… here is a link to the current Sketchup file.