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Thought I'd share some pictures of the deck I've been putting together. Got about 12 hours into it so far. Just need to add some expanded steel for the deck, mount the lights (7 150watt HPS), and wire it. I designed it to sit on the edge rail of the boat and hold it on with ratchet straps. Should be real secure. It's on a 1760 Lowe. The total height is about 18" high. Total weight so far is about 45lbs.

Before adding the bracing.






Underside with the bracing just to sturdy up the legs.
 

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What kind of metal are you using? Looks like galvanized pipe, looks real good too.
 

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That looks nice and heavy duty.
 

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Just used a combination of 3/4" and 1" conduit. Cheap at $5 per 10 ft and if you brace properly it is very strong. I've been building treestands out of the stuff for years and it's easy to weld. Just don't breathe too much of the vapors because they make you sick.
 

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Looks very nice, and will definitely get the job done!! I have always like the looks of a turned down railing on the backside of bowfishing decks.
 

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I like it, I have been debating about what to build mine out of. I think conduit would be the lightest/strongest for the weight(other than aluminium, I cant weld that tho)
 

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Good looking deck you gott there. Never woulD have thought of using conduit
 

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I'm going to use 3/4" expanded sheet metal for the top and then put those interlocking foam pieces on top of it. I think I've used 7 10ft lengths of 1" conduit and 5 lengths of 3/4". It's simple to weld. Just have to wear a welding respirator. I didn't the first time around and it messed me up for a few hours. Total coast so far is about $75. Total weight with the floor will be about 75-80lbs.
 

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What's it weigh?
I'm looking for an alternative to aluminum (I aren't set up for welding aly) but I don't want to much weight. 280lbs of me + a fat friend or two is enough!
 

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What's it weigh?
I'm looking for an alternative to aluminum (I aren't set up for welding aly) but I don't want to much weight. 280lbs of me + a fat friend or two is enough!
Concerning Robattoo's 'fat' friends and mine (had 750lbs of me and fat friends on my deck once) Nation, would you say that conduit and your welds (sorry bud had to ask) would hold up to 4 fatties on your deck?
 

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looks good.can't wait to see when it's done.
 

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nice deck man..
 

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I'm going to use 3/4" expanded sheet metal for the top and then put those interlocking foam pieces on top of it. I think I've used 7 10ft lengths of 1" conduit and 5 lengths of 3/4". It's simple to weld. Just have to wear a welding respirator. I didn't the first time around and it messed me up for a few hours. Total coast so far is about $75. Total weight with the floor will be about 75-80lbs.
Looks great!

Though i wouldnt use expanded metal for flooring. Reason beening is your arrows get stuck in that stuff,you drop stuff it falls under your deck, strings get caught on the edges, and much more. Just grab a piece of 1/8" 5052 tread plate.
 
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