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Old 07-02-2008, 10:51 PM   #1
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I need to make a permanent (really semi permanent) blind to put on my mom's land where it will overlook a guzzler and maybe a bump feeder. Seeing as how I'm lacking funds I've decided to take advantage of some inexpensive and easily accessible building materials: Pallets! I plan on manipulating them slightly and then connecting each pallet (wall) together in the shape of a pentagon. I plan to connect the back pallet using a hinge so that it can function as a door and may or may not cannibalize a couple pallets to create a makeshift roof. Below is a drawing of my design idea:

http://i318.photobucket.com/albums/m...lindDesign.jpg

(Of course this is assuming I did the photobucket thing right)

My questions are:
1) How well does that "camoflage" spray paint work from the hardware store work?
2) Should the inside be painted too?
3) And if so, is it better to spray it camo or black? (this one's a tough one since there will be a substantial amount of light coming through the walls.

Any help would be great. Thanks.

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Old 07-02-2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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Are you going to "skin" the outside? Will it have a roof? If it does I am wondering how much vertical room you will have to draw. If you are sitting on a stool how much room will there be over your head? Just thinking that almost half of your bow will be above your head. If it was me and pallets are accessible I wouldn't paint it. Just replace as necessary.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:16 AM   #3
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Are you going to "skin" the outside? Will it have a roof? If it does I am wondering how much vertical room you will have to draw.
I'm not sure what you mean by, "skin the outside." I think I probably will put a roof on it and I thought about it being kinda short so I'm considering using more pallets (or pallet pieces) to make it taller or digging the ground out a little (about a foot or so) inside the blind to accomodate standing. It's a good thing I'm short.

I was considering painting for reasons of camoflauge and also wondering if it might help conceal movement inside.

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:32 AM   #4
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Wrap It In Burlap To Concel A Little More And Cut Out Your Shooting Windows
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:41 AM   #5
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That's a pretty good Idea. And they have camo burlap too, huh?
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:54 PM   #6
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Wrap It In Burlap To Concel A Little More And Cut Out Your Shooting Windows
Thats what I meant by "skin" it.


You can buy camo burlap at Wal-Mart but it is very see through. I bought some and doubled it up and you could still see through it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:22 PM   #7
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academy has burlap sheets for 11-14 bucks that are 5-6 feet wide and 10-12 feet long that semi see through...the wood color of your pallets (whether it matches the enviroment) would determine whether painting is necessary IMHO...great idea
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:18 AM   #8
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After working with the pallets a little bit I realized just how fragile the pickets on those things are. As a result, I've come to the conclusion that rearranging them is unnecessary. Instead I'm going to leave the pallets intact and simply cut out shooting windows. I'm then going to take the advice of my fellow TBH'ers (Thanks guys) and wrap it in burlap. I've also decided that instead of a pentagonal shape, a 2 pallet by 2 pallet square would be the most accommodating for 1 or 2 people.

Thanks for the help. I'll post pics when I get it put together.

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Old 07-11-2008, 10:43 PM   #9
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I want to see the finished product. Sounds pretty interesting.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:36 AM   #10
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:03 PM   #11
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Here's what it looked like before we put it together (I had previously cut out windows and screwed in some hinges)
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #12
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Then we connected the walls, dug out the ground inside it and added a roof. I wanted to do the roof differently but had forgotten some lumber so we made do. I guess we'll see how it works out come Mule Deer season.
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:36 PM   #13
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Very interesting....I like it...Are you still going to add some burlap on it??? Whats the deal with the barrels, do they go to a water trough???
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:05 PM   #14
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:22 PM   #15
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looks cool!
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:26 PM   #16
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Very interesting....I like it...Are you still going to add some burlap on it??? Whats the deal with the barrels, do they go to a water trough???
Glad you like. Still haven't decided on the burlap as I've spent more money on our set up than I orignally planned. We may brush it up with cut up dead stuff (tree branches, bushes, etc.) or we may use fake Christmas tree limbs. The barrels do run to a water trough. We're almost done with a guzzler I'm posting on the watering system thread.

Chris, you shoot anything this weekend?
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:28 PM   #17
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no such luck. i was the only one not to lol. oh well, lets call it saving the buck tags shall we??? haha.


good news is my new truck took the trip like a champ
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:21 PM   #18
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I like the idea. Pablo what part of west Tx are you hunting??
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:49 PM   #19
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Glad you like. Still haven't decided on the burlap as I've spent more money on our set up than I orignally planned. We may brush it up with cut up dead stuff (tree branches, bushes, etc.) or we may use fake Christmas tree limbs. The barrels do run to a water trough. We're almost done with a guzzler I'm posting on the watering system thread.

Chris, you shoot anything this weekend?
Pablo,
Brushing them, in works well too.....best of luck with it...
You guys have gotten me to thinking about putting one of these guzzlers in my area that I hunt...I just bought 2-275 gallon tanks to start with and will get the rest together by the end of season and put out before the spring...
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:54 PM   #20
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great job, i like it
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:49 AM   #21
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Looks good. Good idea
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:46 AM   #22
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I'd prune some of the native brush and stuff it in the pallets to hold it
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:52 AM   #23
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Made this one out of nothing but pallets and brush..... didn't cost a thing!

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Old 11-10-2008, 09:15 AM   #24
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Made this one out of nothing but pallets and brush..... didn't cost a thing!
Nice!

Really, most of the cost for my setup is in the guzzler. Also, I went with the roof I did for added rain gathering.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:53 AM   #25
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I've got two all plastic black pallets in the garage that I was saving for the base of a box blind, but never got around to it. The more I thought about it in the wild it just sounded like a good place for a rattlesnake to lay.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:54 AM   #26
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I can not see the blind. were is it?
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:11 PM   #27
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I have one with camo burlap and 2 pallets. Looks pretty good, although not as good as Turbohunters!
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:22 PM   #28
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In STX we call them rattlesnake dens. But, you should be OK. Very smart idea for a rifle blind....
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:31 PM   #29
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Awesome blinds
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:40 PM   #30
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:10 PM   #32
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:33 PM   #33
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I need to make a permanent (really semi permanent) blind to put on my mom's land where it will overlook a guzzler and maybe a bump feeder. Seeing as how I'm lacking funds I've decided to take advantage of some inexpensive and easily accessible building materials: Pallets! I plan on manipulating them slightly and then connecting each pallet (wall) together in the shape of a pentagon. I plan to connect the back pallet using a hinge so that it can function as a door and may or may not cannibalize a couple pallets to create a makeshift roof. Below is a drawing of my design idea:

http://i318.photobucket.com/albums/m...lindDesign.jpg

(Of course this is assuming I did the photobucket thing right)

My questions are:
1) How well does that "camoflage" spray paint work from the hardware store work?
2) Should the inside be painted too?
3) And if so, is it better to spray it camo or black? (this one's a tough one since there will be a substantial amount of light coming through the walls.

Any help would be great. Thanks.

Pablo
donpablo,
Great blind idea. I'm a very low budget hunter. This is a great idea. How did you connect the pallets and what did you use to hold them together?
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:13 PM   #34
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nice work!!!
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:23 PM   #35
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pit blind is derived from the term "snake pit"
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:33 PM   #36
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WOW, a blast from the past. The op was over 3 years ago.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:43 PM   #37
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Insted of wrapping it in burlap, brush it it using the slats. Maybe get some black weed control stuff and tack it up on inside to black it out.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:42 PM   #38
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donpablo,
Great blind idea. I'm a very low budget hunter. This is a great idea. How did you connect the pallets and what did you use to hold them together?
I used those metal bracket thingies. You know the metal rectangles with the holes for your screws. I also used some L brackets. Hoping to go fill the pig pipe out there this weekend. Hopefully it's still standing. I don't get out there enough.

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