That's almost exactly like some I've built. I did some experimenting 2 years ago and built the hole thing from plywood and I actually prefer the ply wood. The trick is how you build it. I'll post pics laterhere is a picture of the ones I built. I built 5 of them about 25 years ago and I still use all of them. I've had to replace the plywood now and then but everything else is solid.
I feel much safer on something I built than something God knows who ( possibly little Chinese guy or crack head maybe?) Built. not saying you should build your own stuff but just the way I look at it.
Hogwash..... you think because they're made on an assembly line that they're safer?? lol At least when I build mine I know I'm going to have plenty of room on the platform and they are rock solid. I'll take a pic of one of mine tomorrow
I am so sick of these kinds of comments!!!!! Just because you don't have the skills to do something please don't assume others are like you. Many of us who frequent this forum are more capable of designing and build a nice tree stand and other gear than the companies who produce the. The companies produce them to make $$$$$ so they will go the cheapest route they can and still pass QC. When we build for our own use we build using the best materials and methods we can figure out.