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Old 06-08-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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Well, I finally got on a lease after looking since 09í. Just outside Brady a few minutes north from the lake. Next thing in line was building a blind. Still have a lot of work left but got all do the frame done today. It is in 5 pieces as you see it so itís all easy to load,unload, and put up. Going to probably skin it in Smart siding panels.

Building the base, skinning it out, and painting will be next. Not sure exactly when Iíll get to it but Iíll post another update when I do.

Blind is 6x6x6 - Iím short so I donít need anymore height to it. Height to the bottom of the side windows is 39Ē, Bow window is at 28Ē on the bottom. Will be installing 12x12 DeerView windows for the sides and a 12x24 for the middle bow window. 30x40Ē DeerView door on the back unless I can find something else
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:42 PM   #2
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Great start. Following this one! If you donít mind me asking, what are you thinking total costs will be?


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Old 06-09-2018, 06:42 AM   #3
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Surprisingly a lot more than I expected. $600ish. But that is also including 3/4Ē pressure treated plywood (2 sheets), pressure treated 2x6x8ís (7) for the base of the platform, DeerView windows and a DeerView door. Somebody could probably make this cheaper and skin the blind with thinner plywood. I might have been able to get by with just a horizontal brace on the walls too. Iíve considered not using pressure treated plywood or 2x6ís but I really want this to last.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:31 PM   #5
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Got the base done, and made my own door vs buying the DeerView. Just wanted to save a little bit of money. Should have it skinned this Thursday/Friday.



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Old 06-12-2018, 05:55 PM   #6
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:52 PM   #7
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Got the materials to skin the blind. So far Iíve spent $138 on the frame and $235 on the plywood and LP smartside. That includes screws etc. Got the roof and platform decked. Should have the blind skinned Thursday/Friday.


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Old 06-12-2018, 10:04 PM   #8
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Looks great!
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:09 PM   #9
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First off to the op great build.

I also built wooden blinds and it cost me about the same. Thought I was going to save a ton of money boy was I wrong lol. I was a fun build though.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:12 PM   #10
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Starting to look more like a blind. Got it skinned minus the door and now just need to cut the windows, deck the roof, paint, and add DeerView windows.


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Old 06-13-2018, 09:13 PM   #11
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:22 PM   #12
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Siding tacked on.


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Old 06-15-2018, 09:02 PM   #13
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Got some led battery lights from amazon that should make it convenient in the mornings getting situated in the blind. Lights turn red, green, blue, and plain white.

2 coats of whoops paint from Loweís and some trim for the 4 corners. Roll on roof and liquid nails is sitting on stand by for when we head to the lease. Hopefully itís next week or the week after I have it up in its new home.


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Old 06-17-2018, 07:59 AM   #14
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Great build that should last a long time. I would like to see the roof. That door is just down right awesome. Thanks for sharing.


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Old 06-17-2018, 09:37 AM   #15
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Great build that should last a long time. I would like to see the roof. That door is just down right awesome. Thanks for sharing.


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Thank-you. Iíll get some pics of the roof up when I add the roll on roof. Itís framed 6x6 with 2 2x3ís stacked up on the front angling back to a single 2x3 in the back. Sits right on top.
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:50 PM   #16
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Anybody have an idea on how much bracing would be needed for the stand legs? Using elevator brackets to raise this thing 4ft most likely.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:00 PM   #17
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Very nice! What type of paint did you use on the outside?
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:40 PM   #18
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Very nice! What type of paint did you use on the outside?
Whoops exterior paint from Loweís. $10 for 2 gallons. Gave it 2 coats on top of the pre-primed smart sidepanels.
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:01 PM   #19
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Looks nice. Doesn’t look like it has a pitch to it and you mentioned roll roofing. Question: what bracing do you have on top?

Edit: I see post 15. In for later pics
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:17 PM   #20
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Looks nice. Doesn’t look like it has a pitch to it and you mentioned roll roofing. Question: what bracing do you have on top?

Edit: I see post 15. In for later pics
It’s just a 2x3 frame and it’s framed about like the walls. I don’t have any cross bracing on the roof but the 2x3’s rest on top of the frame so it shouldn’t really sag. I’ve stood on the roof with the plywood up and it was fine. Look at the last picture in my 1st post. It shows the slope. It’s not much but it’s lidtsd about 2.5 inches higher in the front vs the back.

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Old 06-22-2018, 06:33 PM   #21
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Itís just a 2x3 frame and itís framed about like the walls. I donít have any cross bracing on the roof but the 2x3ís rest on top of the frame so it shouldnít really sag. Iíve stood on the roof with the plywood up and it was fine. Look at the last picture in my 1st post. It shows the slope. Itís not much but itís lidtsd about 2.5 inches higher in the front vs the back.
I see the pitch in this pic now...you should be fine. That said, Iíd stop walking on that roof!

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Old 06-22-2018, 06:44 PM   #22
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I like it. Going to build on soon myself from a shipping crate. Not the ideal size but it will suit my needs for a bow blind.
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:51 PM   #23
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I see the pitch in this pic now...you should be fine. That said, Iíd stop walking on that roof!

I didnít stay on it that long lol. I might end up bracing some going across the middle. Not sure it needs it though. Also using 19/32ís plywood
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:53 PM   #24
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Anybody who has hunted out of a 6x6 or similar box blind. Do you hve any recommendations on shelf locations? I was thinking directly above the front windows.
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Old 06-23-2018, 08:08 PM   #25
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In front but also put small angle shelves in the corner.
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Old 07-01-2018, 01:00 PM   #26
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Nice build for sure!
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:31 AM   #27
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Great job! I have been planning to build something similar. You gave me some good ideas.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:28 AM   #28
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Curious as to how much this cost you to build.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:06 AM   #29
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Smartside is the bomb. When Harvey hit a guy I know got his barn flooded. He had skinned the inside of the barn with smartside. He washed the mud off, and it was good to go. No warp, peel, or damage was noted. That blind should last a long time. I hope you have plenty help putting it up, it's gonna weigh a ton.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:32 PM   #30
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Smartside is the bomb. When Harvey hit a guy I know got his barn flooded. He had skinned the inside of the barn with smartside. He washed the mud off, and it was good to go. No warp, peel, or damage was noted. That blind should last a long time. I hope you have plenty help putting it up, it's gonna weigh a ton.
I can put it up by myself. Itís in 6 pieces.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:33 PM   #31
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Curious as to how much this cost you to build.
Iíll add up my receipts later and let you know
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:27 PM   #32
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Nice build and very nice Cornhole boards. Go Tigers!
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Old 07-29-2018, 03:24 PM   #33
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In her natural habitat....going back in 2 weeks to adjust the roof. Need to do more of a overhang






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Old 07-29-2018, 08:56 PM   #34
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Nice build! Looking to do something similar!
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:07 PM   #35
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Put some cross braces and tie that beast down, don’t ask how I know...
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:26 PM   #36
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Put some cross braces and tie that beast down, donít ask how I know...
Iím going to. Going up in 2 weeks. Was yours on a 2x6 base and still got blown over. This thing has to be 500lbs easy.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:27 AM   #37
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We have had them on the ground blow over, in the air makes it that much easier.

What I’ve done to keep them up, a drum cut in half filled with concrete and eye hook in the middle. Turnbucket and some cables, works like a charm straight under blind.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:47 AM   #38
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How heavy is it?
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:08 AM   #39
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How heavy is it?
When itís in pieces 1 person can carry the sides and roof. The base can be rolled. But itís heavy. Overall the blind is probably 500-600lbs is my guess.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:35 AM   #40
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:42 AM   #41
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Old 07-30-2018, 08:52 PM   #42
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Nice build. I have considered windows like that in my next build. Do they seal good to keep water from leaking in especially if it builds up on window seal?
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:12 PM   #43
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That blind looks fantastic! I would build one if I had the time!
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:08 AM   #44
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Nice build. I have considered windows like that in my next build. Do they seal good to keep water from leaking in especially if it builds up on window seal?
Iíll let you know. I angled the bottom 2x3 a little to allow for run off and I siliconed the gap. I read that you can make your own kind of weather stripping out of silicone. So basically close the window with a sheet of plastic wrap (like for your food) and run a bead of silicone in the corners like if you were sealing up a corner. Wait 24 hours. Open window. Remove plastic wrap and it should be very weather tight.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:57 PM   #45
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very awesome blind build
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:51 PM   #46
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Looks like you had a lumber yard across the street
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:02 PM   #47
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Looks like you had a lumber yard across the street
Well, lucky the 2x6 base I got as leftovers from a frame job. The 2x3 frame I had to purchase though. $125 or so for the frame, screws, etc.
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:51 AM   #48
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:37 AM   #49
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:11 PM   #50
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If you ended up spending $600 on that, you did fantastic.
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