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Old 10-30-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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So I had this design idea for a blind a while ago and have been brainstorming it, and tweaking it, and saving/hunting for supplies, since the end of last season. I had a hard time explaining the shell to the boys at the ranch, but God bless them, they finally decided to just trust me and help me build these things. Each blind has 4 or 5 - 5' t-posts, 1 - 5'x20' utility panel, and 2 or 3 strips of scrap utility panel to form the domed roof.
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We took strips and pieces of old bed sheets and table cloths I talked my friends and family out of and completely submerged them into a five gallon bucket of latex paint I had been gathering and saving since I dreamed this idea up. Got the material saturated in the paint and then started laying it over the "skeleton" of the blind. Kind of like Paper Mache.
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As the paint dries, it shrinks up around the frame and gives it a hard shell. For this to work right, we used just regular latex paint and LOTS of it. I mean, those peices of material have to be totally saturated. It is very messy. The good news is, nothing is needed to hold the material in place except the paint. It just sticks to itself. Look at the sides of the shooting window in the inside view pic below. When the material was wet, we just smoothed it around the wall and let it dry.
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Next was the brushing in. Just poked some holes in the dried "skin" of the blind and insterted a bunch of zip ties. Held the brush on nicely and if/when we need to repaint or make repairs to the blinds over the seasons, just clip the zip tie and re-install a new one with a fresh piece of brush.
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I didn't plan the color of the paint to be so light, but I really like how it turned out. In fact, when I was bumming old paint from anyone that had it, or home depot and walmart, I was always asking for mis-tints. I told everyone, "I'll take whatever you can spare. I don't care about the color."
We probably would have spent more time camoflaging the paintjob with accent colors but we were doing all this work in the middle of the day July 4th weekend and it was freakin' hot! The next two pics show the blinds more or less finished. At least, these are the last pics taken of the blinds. Since these two were taken, the insides of the blinds have been spraypainted black and a heavy black cloth door was installed so we don't silhouette. Some extra brushing has been done, but not too much. Just to fill in some of the holes where the green from the Mesquite dried up. I didn't want to lose the effect of the light colored background. We are debating rigging some kind of shoot through mesh, but we'll see. Killed one doe out of one of these already, but sadly I have only been hunting one weekend this season. It sucks, I have spent more time building these darnthing than I have spent hunting in them. Anyway, thanks for reading.
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BTW the total cost for me to build both of these was $8.00 or so worth of zip ties. ALL of the material was stuff I had or was given. Panels, paint, etc. was scrap or given so I don't know what it would have cost to build with new material. Panels would have been $30 to $50. Mis-tint paint at wally world, the depot, or sherwin williams was quoted at $5-8 /gal. FYI.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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Looks cool, but what happens to the paint when it rains.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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Once it dries, the water just rolls off. The weekend I sat we got 3" of rain and I was dry as a bone. Its the same paint you might use to paint a box blind. Just reapply every couple of seasons.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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Looks good, but the light inside makes it easy to see in. I would suggest hanging a black tarp or fabric inside to help darken it up.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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How did you suspend the panels for your roof?
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:00 PM   #7
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Looks good, but the light inside makes it easy to see in. I would suggest hanging a black tarp or fabric inside to help darken it up.
We did. Heavy black cloth for the door and spray painted the inside black.

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How did you suspend the panels for your roof?
The strips of panel were about 10' long. We arched them up and wired and zip-tied them in place and then wired them together where they intersected at the top of the blind.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:09 PM   #8
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Nice design! i agree on making the inside darker so its harder to see in.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:14 PM   #9
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These turned out to be pretty sweet. Very creative. Let us know how they hold up over time.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:36 AM   #10
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Cool. So it's held together by zip ties and just the paint sticking? I'm wondering how a year or so in the weather will treat it? Just being a sheet won't it root?
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:59 AM   #11
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Those are pretty slick! Good job.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:17 AM   #12
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very creative nice job
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:21 AM   #13
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pretty cool! I like the idea!

dont like the messy bed sheet part, but still a great idea.

I am going to think it over and see what I come up with for a secondary wrap...
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:35 AM   #14
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Cool. So it's held together by zip ties and just the paint sticking? I'm wondering how a year or so in the weather will treat it? Just being a sheet won't it root?
For the most part, the frame is wired together with heavy gauge fencing wire. I will admit that towards the end of construction of the second blind, we ran out of wire and started using zip ties. The frame is solid and ain't going anywhere. Also, the sheets aren't really exposed, if we saturated them correctly. After a day or so drying time the outside shell feels almost like plastic or fiberglass. I don't think I will have to do too much maintenance in the future other than rolling on a new coat of paint every couple of seasons.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #15
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I am doing something similar, wrapping a welded panel frame with black int/ext carpet. with the black facing in then paint the backing of the carpet well on the exterior. Should work well and the more paint the better protection. I would suggest using the heaviest canvas material you can. I also only cut windows that are 1-2 squares wide and maybe 3-4 long so the deer can't see in as well.
The "paper machet" idea is a good one!
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:20 PM   #16
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Yeah, I'm with you on the windows. These are the first bow blinds on our ranch. I gave an old bow of mine to my buddy who owns the place to get him into bow hunting. He liked the idea of the blind, but HATED the restricted view of the narrow windows. The huge opening with the hope of some sort of shoot through mesh was a comprimise. Win some, lose some, I guess. BTW, I love the idea of the indoor outdoor carpet!
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:06 PM   #17
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I always like the ideas like this as it shows how much you can do with very little.

Great post
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:16 PM   #18
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That's a fantastic idea. Got my wheels spinnen!
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:57 PM   #19
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I like it. Looks good and should last a while.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:26 PM   #20
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Nice.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:24 PM   #21
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Awesome idea, I willso be using this in a couple spots , Thx.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:48 PM   #22
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that is a really neat idea. where did you hear of it? very interesting concept
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:21 PM   #23
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that is a really neat idea. where did you hear of it? very interesting concept
Without boring you with my train of thought it more or less started with its similarity to paper mâché. Glad you like it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:48 PM   #24
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Man I like it! Good work!
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:53 AM   #25
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For future blinds you may consider using heavy black landscaping plastic. No painting and also doesn't leak scent. BUT, with not much airflow comes the heat which is typical during our first month of bow season. This is a great setup that is not cost heavy. Way to go!
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:16 AM   #26
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pretty cool!
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:33 PM   #27
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Looks good
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:37 PM   #28
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Nice work.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:46 PM   #29
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Very nice
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:18 PM   #30
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Great idea. In these times that is something I would be able to afford to build. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #31
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Very nice, maybe spray paint the insides black?
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #32
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**** good idea!
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:05 AM   #33
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That seems like a killer idea. Im gonna look into this one.
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Old 01-20-2012, 12:50 AM   #34
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That's incredible!!! Now I'm thinking about what I might be able to pull off myself! I've already got the panels...and paint...and sheets! haha...now I just need the time to actually do it!
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:31 AM   #35
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I like it. Might even try it myself.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:23 AM   #36
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I like this idea. The possibilities are endless.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:59 PM   #37
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Liking it!
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:54 AM   #38
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #39
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very nice!
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could use fiberglass tent poles from wal-mart in camping section for roof. Cheaper to use latex paint but would oil based work better or would the mess out weight the positive. Otherwise darn good thinkin, way to use the ole noggin.
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Awesome. Will be doing this.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:52 AM   #42
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Cool...looks good!!
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could use fiberglass tent poles from wal-mart in camping section for roof. Cheaper to use latex paint but would oil based work better or would the mess out weight the positive. Otherwise darn good thinkin, way to use the ole noggin.
No you want to use latex as it will last longer, weather better and the latex drying is what makes it shrink and fit tight around the mesh.
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I really like the idea, just wondering is there a medium to use for camo tarps (burlap) instead of sheets? I was thinking like some sort of clear glue like Elmers, but this would probably expensive. Any ideas on what could work?
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:02 PM   #45
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I like it. I have about 100 gallons of paint left over from a job. I'm glad I didn't throw away the samples.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #46
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I have a place one of these could be located. Thanks,
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I am going to make me one
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:29 AM   #48
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:33 PM   #49
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Great post. I really like the idea.

Could you move these pretty easily? I understand it's not a popup but the materials can't weigh that much and I guess you could cut the t posts loose, right?

Any updates on how they held up over the season or things you might change?
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