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Homemade Tree Steps

By Serena Styles
Long screws can be used in lieu of tree steps.

Some hunters use steps to scale trees in the wilderness, where they may perch high up in the tree and wait for their target. Tree steps are available at reasonable prices from specialty hunting stores. This is by far the safest option--professionally crafted tree steps are put through many tests to ensure their stability. However, if you must make your own, the task can be completed with a few simple supplies and a little time to spare.

Purchase some thick 12-inch steel screws. It is important that you purchase high quality screws for this task; tree steps must be able to support the weight of the hunter climbing them.

Measure 2 inches in from the tip of each screw using the ruler and mark this point with permanent marker. This will be the portion of the step that is screwed into the tree.

Measure 3 inches in from the 2-inch mark on each screw with your ruler; mark this point with permanent marker. This will be the point at which the screw bends out, away from the tree for you to step on.

Use the pipe bender to bend the screws 90 degrees at each of the marked points, both the 2-inch mark and the 3-inch mark. The screw should now form two separate ā€œLā€ shapes, connected with the center 3-inch portion.

Screw the 2-inch portion of the step into a tree, ending with the 3-inch portion pointing downwards to the ground. This should leave a 7-inch portion of the screw perpendicular to the tree for you to step on as you climb up.


Things You Will Need

  • Pipe bender
  • 12-inch steel screws
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler

About the Author


Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor's in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn't writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.