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Old 11-14-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Buddy just bought a ranch king blind and paid 4300.00. We were admiring it and I thought to my self Iím gonna build me a new one that should last the rest of my life. My thoughts were 5x7 and spend the money to make it nice, so off to the metal shop I went. Name:  IMG_5477.jpg
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Bottom of frame 2Ē tubing 11 gauge thickness. Frame is 5x10 to accommodate a 3í porch.
Next was to make the sleeves for my legs to slide into and brackets and gussets to make it all solid.
Realized I better get it outside before I went any further or Iíd never get it out so my thinking is Iíll just build the rest on the trailer and not have to mess with loading it.
Onto the frame. 1Ē square tubing will fit the bill.
All framed up to accommodate 2-4íx12Ē , 1-3íx12Ē, and 12Ēx12Ē deerview windows plus a 24x60 deluxe door. I decided to raise my door up so I could step over a lip rather than duck my head. Stay tuned


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Old 11-14-2017, 05:56 PM   #2
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Looking good so far.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:16 PM   #3
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Looking good brother.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:19 PM   #4
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Love these builds, looks great!
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:25 PM   #5
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Man I wish I was handy!!
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:10 PM   #6
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I dont reckon that one is gonna have a weak spot in the floor or anywhere else for that matter
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:39 PM   #7
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Looking pretty good man, gonna be a heck of a stand !!
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:47 PM   #8
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Awesome work
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:48 PM   #9
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Thanks Guys, I'm leaning towards 12ft legs. Its gonna sit overlooking about 150 acres of wheat fields
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:56 PM   #10
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Added wood to the outside to provide support for the sheet metal skin.

Interior with shelf installed

1/2 plywood on the sides and 3/4 for the floor.
Roof material is shipping blanks for refer units. Units are shipped uninstalled and 6x4 sheets are used to plug opening. Sheet is basically 3/8 poly plastic sandwiched between 2 layers of sheet metal. Awesome stuff and really durable, but kinda heavy. Sheets also have laps to put them together.


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Old 11-15-2017, 06:15 PM   #11
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looking good so far
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:41 PM   #12
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Looks great
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:04 PM   #13
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Interior walls were installed after insulation. Wires ran for led lighting, solar charger and USB ports too.
Used some work resources for my sheet metal skin.

Wrapped in sheet metal and trim installed. Now time for paint and interior.




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Old 11-16-2017, 06:12 PM   #14
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Caulked up and painted. Had to cut holes for window openings, got a new Dewalt electric nibbler/cutter. Thing is awesome made quick work of this sheet metal.


Started carpet on the inside and built my shelves for propane bottle storage. Hard to get excited about that when itís 83 degrees, but hopefully Iíll be happy I did it later.

This build will be considered a success if I donít have to kill yellow-jackets in it next fall.
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:17 PM   #15
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This thing is gonna be sick! In for the rest of the ride.
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:30 PM   #16
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Caulked up and painted. Had to cut holes for window openings, got a new Dewalt electric nibbler/cutter. Thing is awesome made quick work of this sheet metal.


Started carpet on the inside and built my shelves for propane bottle storage. Hard to get excited about that when itís 83 degrees, but hopefully Iíll be happy I did it later.

This build will be considered a success if I donít have to kill yellow-jackets in it next fall.
where'd you get the carpet and how'd you adhere it to the wood? I used the aerosol can glue and when it got hot out it just fell off but mine is fiberglass
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Old 11-16-2017, 09:37 PM   #17
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This is a great build!


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Old 11-18-2017, 07:59 AM   #18
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where'd you get the carpet and how'd you adhere it to the wood? I used the aerosol can glue and when it got hot out it just fell off but mine is fiberglass


The carpet was purchased at home as well as the indoor/outdoor carpet glue Roberts 6700

Use a flat trowel and apply what I would call a skim coat


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Old 11-18-2017, 08:47 AM   #19
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Looks great sir!
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Old 11-18-2017, 04:57 PM   #20
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Stand is up, cross braces installed, deerview windows and doors put it, and 12v system is up and running. Still need to finish my stairs and handrail but itís in the air. Iím really pleased with the finished product.






Thanks for following along. Any questions donít hesitate if I can be of any help.



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Old 11-18-2017, 07:44 PM   #21
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money man! It looks fantastic
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:12 PM   #22
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Looks great. Good job!
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:12 PM   #23
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:35 PM   #24
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That’s dang nice!!! So what’s the total as far as parts go?
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:46 PM   #25
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lookin good
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Old 11-18-2017, 08:59 PM   #26
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You cheated I was shaking my head on how you were going to get her in the air. Very nice.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:01 PM   #27
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I am trying to finish up a similar one this weekend. What are you making the ladder out of? I have mine 12' high and I have 3" angle I was thinking about using. Your looks really good!
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:22 PM   #28
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Nice!
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:11 AM   #29
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Heck yeah!!!!
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:33 AM   #30
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Dude! That thing is awesome!
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:00 AM   #31
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Thatís dang nice!!! So whatís the total as far as parts go?


1386.00 turn key less the roof material. I figure thatís fair for what I have now. Thanks for following along


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Old 11-19-2017, 11:35 AM   #32
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I am trying to finish up a similar one this weekend. What are you making the ladder out of? I have mine 12' high and I have 3" angle I was thinking about using. Your looks really good!


Iím starting mine today, Iíve got 4Ē c purlin but Iím doing stairs with a handrail for my 8 yo son. I think that angle will be fine


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Old 11-19-2017, 11:40 AM   #33
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:45 AM   #34
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That's sweet! Well done.
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:36 PM   #35
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That's quality
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Old 11-19-2017, 04:46 PM   #36
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:08 PM   #37
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Nicely done!


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Old 11-20-2017, 08:38 PM   #38
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Great job man
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:11 PM   #39
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For the carpet you can cut your plywood down around 1/4”-3/8”, then wrap the carpet and staple on the backside to ensure it will stay forever.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:39 AM   #40
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That thing is nice!
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:45 AM   #41
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Sweet stand for sure. Very nice!
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:14 PM   #42
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Very impressive! You were definitely blessed with carpentry skills that I wish I had. Good luck this season!
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:19 PM   #43
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Looks like I found what my next off season project will be. Awesome build.
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:20 PM   #44
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Very nice job
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Old 11-23-2017, 01:24 PM   #45
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Very nice!! Mad skills!
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:39 PM   #46
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Awesome job! I have always wanted to build one of these
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:43 PM   #47
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Looks great! Is the carpet on the wall one piece wrapped up and over shelf or is it a couple pieces?
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:10 PM   #48
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Well thought out, well planned and well done!
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:15 PM   #49
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Great build!
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:20 PM   #50
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First off this is just plain awesome and you did a fantastic job on the fabrication man!

But I have to know, how do you get in it? Do you teleport or fast rope from a helo?
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