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Old 11-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
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We'll after seeing all of the beautiful blinds that some of you have built I got inspired to try it myself. Disclaimer: I am not a master craftsman, so mine will pail in comparison to some. If it will keep me warm, concealed, and won't fall apart, I'll be happy

It will be 4' wide, 5' tall, 6' long. It's the perfect size for me, my bow, a heater, and my camcorder. I'm building it in sections and will assemble it at the lease.

After I'm done I will post a list of all of the materials I used and the total cost of the project.

Bottom: 4x6 with 2x4's for support.



I was home with my daughter today. She was "helping". Made it hard to get anything done, but it was really cute.



She dumped all my screws into her halloween bucket and handed them to me one at a time.




This is the front: 4x5 using 2x2's




I put it on the base with my hunting chair so I could visualize where I want the windows. Also, get a feel for the size....I think it's going to be perfect.



1st window: 1x1. I know it's not perfectly straight, but it works



I just used some hinges for the windows to open/close. I'm adding some small handles tomorrow.



The Back: Here is where I stopped for the night. I could use some help here. The door goes in the middle, but how should I do the door? Should I just cut the door out and put it on hinges or should I reinforce it with 2x2's or 2x4's?



I'll post more tomorrow night.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:28 PM   #2
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Looks good but is it big enough to draw your bow
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:34 PM   #3
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Looks good but is it big enough to draw your bow
Yup, I tested it out.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:36 PM   #4
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Ok kool I would reinforce door with 2x2s
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:14 PM   #5
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Put some knobs on the windows.



Got the back door done.




That's it for today. I'm leaving tomorrow for a 3 day hunt, so probably won't work on it again till I get home.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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I tried to draw my bow in a stand that was 4' wide,and couldnt do it.I hope it works for you.Your build looks good by the way,Im wanting to build my own for next year.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:13 PM   #7
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I tried to draw my bow in a stand that was 4' wide,and couldnt do it.I hope it works for you.Your build looks good by the way,Im wanting to build my own for next year.
Really? I wouldn't think the width would be the issue. Why couldn't you draw in a 4' wide blind? Now you've got me worried. I was more concerned about the depth and didn't even test the width.

Originally, I wanted to do it 4.5' to 5' wide, but it was cheaper to make it 4'.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:30 PM   #8
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On a 5x7 I could barely draw. You have to figure in your arrow sticking out in front of your bow. I prefer to shoot out of it longways with the bow window at the end of the long side if you know what I mean.

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:52 PM   #9
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On a 5x7 I could barely draw. You have to figure in your arrow sticking out in front of your bow. I prefer to shoot out of it longways with the bow window at the end of the long side if you know what I mean.

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Yes, that's how I have it setup...to shoot out longways. It appears to be plenty big. I guess I'll find out next week when it's done.


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Old 11-09-2011, 08:54 PM   #10
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Ok then..you've it licked. Nice job! If you search way back in the DIY section you can see mine.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ad.php?t=39829
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #11
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Looking good.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:20 PM   #12
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Ok then..you've it licked. Nice job! If you search way back in the DIY section you can see mine.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ad.php?t=39829
Your thread is the one that got me excited to build my own. I've "loosely" based my build on yours. I am not a full blown handyman and your thread helped me to visualize how it would all go together. I drew up 3 detailed plans before purchasing a single item. So far the build has gone smoothly.

It's crazy that you posted that over 3 years ago. I did a google search and it was one of the first things to pop up.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:38 AM   #13
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Your thread is the one that got me excited to build my own. I've "loosely" based my build on yours. I am not a full blown handyman and your thread helped me to visualize how it would all go together. I drew up 3 detailed plans before purchasing a single item. So far the build has gone smoothly.

It's crazy that you posted that over 3 years ago. I did a google search and it was one of the first things to pop up.
I misspoke. This is the thread I was thinking of: http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ighlight=blind

I looked at so many I can't keep'em straight. I saw yours too...sweet build.


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Old 11-20-2011, 10:19 PM   #14
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Ok, I've been busy and haven't had a lot of time to work on the blind, but I'm almost there now.

Next are the side...



I guess I didn't take any more pictures of the sides.

I laid out the four exterior pieces and applied the first coat of paint.




I left the windows un-painted. I'm going to pain them black, so the deer are used to seeing black their (I stole that idea from someone else on tbh).

Next, I started to apply the camo. I started with a camo green. I just used to branches from the trees in my yard for the pattern.






Tomorrow I'm going to apply the last coat of camo (black). And then I will start painting the inside black.

On Wednesday I plan to go set it up at the lease.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:52 PM   #15
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Looks good about to start my own soon
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Old 11-21-2011, 02:15 AM   #16
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:02 PM   #17
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Looking good...you might want to assemble right there didn't you see that buck in the background? I really like the stencil idea.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:08 AM   #18
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Final coat of paint applied in black. Now I just have to paint the inside black, install carpet on the floor, and set it up tomorrow.


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Old 11-22-2011, 10:13 AM   #19
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Looking good...you might want to assemble right there didn't you see that buck in the background? I really like the stencil idea.
Haha, that buck doesn't taste so good. I want to go find one a little more juicy.

I basically used the same method to paint the blind that I did on my 870. I just used a different pattern.

These are my first and second attempts at using this method and I've been pleased with the results both times.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:29 PM   #20
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:41 PM   #21
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #22
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Looks good! I paint the same way, it works really great...
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:06 PM   #23
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Lookin good. I've built several 4x8's and never had a problem drawing my bow inside. I would suggest putting a skin over the osb, it will not last in the weather, even with paint.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:21 PM   #24
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Lookin good. I've built several 4x8's and never had a problem drawing my bow inside. I would suggest putting a skin over the osb, it will not last in the weather, even with paint.
What's is a skin? How long do you think it would last without it?
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:10 PM   #25
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one season before the OSB starts to swell, bow and break.
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What's is a skin? How long do you think it would last without it?
Cover it. 1/4" cdx plywood is cheap and with a couple of good coats of paint will last alot longer than the osb. The osb will soak up moisture, get soft and swell quick. I know this because I made the same mistake before.
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Well we went to set it up tonight, but we only had about 30 minutes of daylight left. Luckily, it went together perfectly so it sent pretty quick. I just didn't get a chance to take a lot of pictures. I'll take more when I go back out this weekend.

I took one before it got to dark (it's missing the roof).



Here's one we took after dark with the roof. I still need to seal and paint between the wall and the roof. I just ran out of light to do it today.



For my first blind I am really pleased. I got in and drew my bow and it is plenty big. I was worried it may be a little small, but that's not the case, I've got room to spare.

I guess we'll find out how good of a job I did when I hunt it this weekend. I've been hand corning this spot for about a month and have good pictures of bucks. If my blind blends in well enough I'm hoping it want spook them off the area.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:41 PM   #28
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So, now you guys got me worried about the durability. I don't know much about build stuff so this was a learning experience for me. I haven't totaled it all up, but I think I spent about about $250 and have around 25 hours invested in this blind. I really don't want it to rot away within a year.

I was wondering what y'all thought about a spray on sealer? Would this help the durability of the OSB?

Something like this.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #29
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look into tyvek, its a wrap u put on houses before brick, its a moisture stop, usually white....not sure if that will solve issue, but an option
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #31
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Are you saying this isn't a good option???
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:14 AM   #32
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raise your blind up so it wont rot the floor
you can seal it with Thompsons or even as simple as a clear Shellac


we actually painted ours olive drab from top to bottom and had a tin roof like yours and used caulking to seal everything it was great till a small twister took it for a ride...lol

it was a 4 man blind...pretty huge!
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We'll after seeing all of the beautiful blinds that some of you have built I got inspired to try it myself. Disclaimer: I am not a master craftsman, so mine will pail in comparison to some. If it will keep me warm, concealed, and won't fall apart, I'll be happy

It will be 4' wide, 5' tall, 6' long. It's the perfect size for me, my bow, a heater, and my camcorder. I'm building it in sections and will assemble it at the lease.

After I'm done I will post a list of all of the materials I used and the total cost of the project.

Bottom: 4x6 with 2x4's for support.



I was home with my daughter today. She was "helping". Made it hard to get anything done, but it was really cute.



She dumped all my screws into her halloween bucket and handed them to me one at a time.




This is the front: 4x5 using 2x2's




I put it on the base with my hunting chair so I could visualize where I want the windows. Also, get a feel for the size....I think it's going to be perfect.



1st window: 1x1. I know it's not perfectly straight, but it works



I just used some hinges for the windows to open/close. I'm adding some small handles tomorrow.



The Back: Here is where I stopped for the night. I could use some help here. The door goes in the middle, but how should I do the door? Should I just cut the door out and put it on hinges or should I reinforce it with 2x2's or 2x4's?



I'll post more tomorrow night.
I have built a few with the same Dimensions and worked great. The window on the front of mine is 45" wide x 24" tall and I order the netting from double bull. If you put an overhang over the top in the front of the blind, it helps keep sun out.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:42 AM   #34
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raise your blind up so it wont rot the floor
you can seal it with Thompsons or even as simple as a clear Shellac


we actually painted ours olive drab from top to bottom and had a tin roof like yours and used caulking to seal everything it was great till a small twister took it for a ride...lol

it was a 4 man blind...pretty huge!
It's on cement blocks about 1' off the ground. I also caulked it to help keep water out.

I am a little worried about a 50 mph wind knocking it over, but there's not much I can do about that.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:45 AM   #35
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I have built a few with the same Dimensions and worked great. The window on the front of mine is 45" wide x 24" tall and I order the netting from double bull. If you put an overhang over the top in the front of the blind, it helps keep sun out.
I'll have to look into the netting, that's not a bad idea. I painted the window doors black, so the deer are used to seeing black their, but a net may be better.

The roof hangs over the front about 1' to keep rain and sun out.
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Are you saying this isn't a good option???
Tyvek is a vapor barrier use on homes behind thehomes skin. Animals and high winds will tear it apart. You will get 2 or 3 yrs. out of the osb, it's just not designed to be exposed to the elements. With that nice paint job your best bet may just be to leave it like it is and remove it and replace it when it starts to fail. It's a nice stand and should serve it's purpose for years to come, but if you have plans to build more in the near future I would use a 1/2 cdx plywood.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:22 PM   #37
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It looks great.... The netting is easy to do.


If you decide to do a base there was a thread recently.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #38
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That looks good man. They sell stand elevators now. I'm going to raise mine 5' off the ground. I priced them last weekend at $79.00
My blind is 5x6x6'-6"
I have it completed but no pic in field because it isn't set yet. I just blacked the inside and dark pine green outside. The windows closed are black. Since deer dont like black holes the stand closed up will have black holes. Then when I'm there and window is open it will still be black .
$168 in used lumber from Craigslist.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:05 PM   #39
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I just got done with my first hunt in the new blind. I wish I could end this tread with pictures of a trophy, but instead I've just got more pics of the blind. It still needs a few finishing touches, but it's pretty much done.






I got this idea off another tbh'er (using an electrical cover for a peephole).





Inside view



I purchased some indoor/outdoor carpet from lowes for $18 it worked really well.



Added a few hooks for accessories.




My view (no feeder, hand through only).



Well, that's about it. I'm hunting in the morning and it's going to be raining, so I get to find out how waterproof it is. It's kind of fun to be able to hunt in the rain...I'm looking forward to it. Hope the deer are moving.

Overall, I spent about $250, so if it's last 3-5 years I'll be happy.
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Very Neat!
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