DIY Tree Seat **Improved Version**
This is an improved version of my version of Tree-seat Whitetails – The Bowyer’s Edge with Dean Torges that I posted here —->
What make this one better? First its more versatile. Second, it’s lighter, third, it’s easier to set up, forth, its easier to carry.
Lets look at the more versatile part.
- You don’t actually need a tree. It will actually stand on it’s own like a pedestal seat. Just put the post in the center hole and sit. As long as you can balance yourself, you can take a load off anywhere. Want to hide out behind some tall grass in the middle of a field? This can help.
- In the center position you can still lean it against a tree, a large rock, a blow down or any vertical surface.
- Go ahead and strap it to a tree by using the front hole for the pedestal. Works very similar to the first tree seat in this position, except it’s using the pedestal instead of the ropes.
- Since it is using the pedestal instead of the ropes, a smaller seat is just as comfortable (for me anyhow)
- It breaks down smaller and quicker so it’s easier to carry in your pack or snapped to it.
- It’s lighter. Commercial versions weight in at about 7#. This version is under 3# with everything you see in the pictures.
- You happened to find a rotten jagged wet stump in a perfect spot! Just set the seat on top of it.
- Did you ever want to sit three rows in a cornfield to catch that deer always walking the edge? This is perfect for that.
I’ve made a couple of these. All out of scraps. 1/2″ plywood is fine for the seat. This version was stained with some left over dark minwax stain I had laying around the shop. Not a great looking job, but good enough to beat around the woods with. It also has a few coats of exterior spar varnish so it should last a long time.
The pedestal is just a 1″ x 1″ hardwood square with two cross members glue with a dado.
The ground platform is just to help keep it from sinking in the ground.
The strap is only needed when strapped to a tree.
Reinforcement pieces are just scrap hardwood.
Hole for the pedestal are 1″. Holes for the hooks are 9/16″
Note a few extra holes? This seat was a test piece for the first hanging type seat. With the ropes holding it up, the seat felt to small. Without the ropes, it’s perfect. This one is roughly 12″ x 12″.