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brianlg31 06-18-2017 05:37 PM

Fiberglass tank blind build
 
Finally getting around to putting my fiberglass tank blind together. First I cut some off the height. I want it elevated and was worried that it would stick out like a sore thumb as tall as it was. I still have plenty of room to stand inside.

For the floor I took 2 pieces of 3/4" ply wood and spliced them together, then payed the tank on top to trace the inside of it. Then cut the plywood and then added the framing. I wanted a trap door, in order to not have to deal with sealing a door up.
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Keili picked up 3 -12" x 30" & 2- 14" x 12" deer view windows on Thursday. Today I cut the windows in. I'm kind of guessing on the height. The blind will be 5' in the air so I think they will work out great. I used a masonry cut off wheel on a grinder to do the cutting. Cuts it like butter. Although dusty as heck.
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I only put one of the smaller windows in the back kind of on the right side. Last year I sat and listened to deer have a grand ol time (running back and forth when the cool fronts hit) so I wanted to be able to see behind me. I had planed on 2 but decided to wait to set it up to see if I actually need the second one. I'll have a black curtain over it most of the time. I'll take the windows out for transport. So I'll take detailed pictures of the mounting and sealing when I get it to the ranch

I have carpet for the floor and walls but I'm hoping the floor guys at one of our jobs have some of the black they are using left over. He said they should so I'm holding out. Plus I need to figure out what adhesive to use. Any suggestions? Also any suggestions on a epoxy to attach wood shelves to the inside? I could use washer headed screws from the outside but really want to avoid any penetrations if I can.

kruppa24 06-18-2017 05:42 PM

That's awesome

Txbownut 06-18-2017 05:47 PM

Very cool

Abcdj 06-18-2017 05:48 PM

Very nice! I love home made blinds!!

lanceodom 06-18-2017 05:53 PM

Nice work Brian!

EastTexasTiger 06-18-2017 05:57 PM

i love these. great work

HeyMikey 06-18-2017 07:22 PM

Looks great!

TP3 06-18-2017 07:27 PM

Jealous!!

Deathdome!

brianlg31 06-18-2017 07:34 PM

Thanks everyone, I think Trey just named her!!

brianlg31 06-20-2017 06:46 PM

Got a coat of primer on her today after work.
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Also put what carpet I had on the walls. Thought there was more on that roll than there was. Hopefully it's sticking. I used some 3M spray adhesive. We came in to eat. I'll check it in a few.


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brianlg31 06-20-2017 08:02 PM

Well the 3m spray adhesive isn't holding. Back to the drawing board. Any suggestions?

Sparkles 06-20-2017 08:15 PM

Carpet pad glue maybe


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brianlg31 06-25-2017 06:08 PM

Tried some indoor/outdoor carpet glue from homedepot. It looks to be working pretty good. In hindsight I think it would better to use smaller 4'-5' long pieces instead of trying to go long. I did have some expert help! My 2yo grandson.
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But I also came up with another idea. I had cut some shelves out of the drops from the floor. It was already cut to the radius so worked great. I had planned to cut the carpet and liquid nail them to the fiberglass. But I realized I could screw a 2"x4" to the wall, putting the screws into the humps on the outside. Those humps are hollow, that way I'm not penetrating the exterior wall. The. I was able to screw the shelf legs to the 2x. After we had all but one of the 2x's cut I came up with the idea of making one go up all the way. I'll put a bow hanger on this one. I wish I would have made all of the 2x's go to the top. That would have secured the carpet for sure. If it comes off I can add them in the future. The carpet guys at one of our jobs gave us all the left overs they had. I wasn't really happy with the darker blue so I went a little crazy with a can of black spray paint.
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Like I said before, I don't want to travel with the windows installed so I haven't completed them. But here is my plan. I didn't frame out around them. Just cut the recommended opening, then cut back the humps a little more. With the 12" windows I only have 5/8 caulk joint on each side. Our caulk manufacturer will warranty up to 3/4" so it shouldn't be a problem. I'll also us the screws that go through the windows to secure a 1x to the top and bottom of the inside of the window. That way I'll be able to attach some curtain hangers. Here are some pictures of the windows in the holes.
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Going to let the carpet glue dry over night and tomorrow. Then we will lay it over on the trailer and attach the elevator brackets and cut the legs. May try to go set it up next weekend.


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brianlg31 06-25-2017 06:34 PM

Forgot to add, a 4" PVC plug works great in the holes on the tank.
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ballgame 06-25-2017 06:51 PM

Looks great!!

Hoytbowhunter 06-25-2017 06:53 PM

That's looking nice, I did one a few years back but put Deerview window with screens so I can get crosswind they get really hot.

Quackerbox 06-25-2017 09:28 PM

I want to build one of these!!!

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TP3 06-25-2017 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by brianlg31 (Post 12514430)
Thanks everyone, I think Trey just named her!!


Oh man, what an honor.

You are doing a heck of a job, sir.

Killem all 06-26-2017 10:50 AM

Nice work. I need to get started on mine. Its still sitting in the side yard :)

brianlg31 06-26-2017 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Killem all (Post 12531974)
Nice work. I need to get started on mine. Its still sitting in the side yard :)



Tyler just asked if you had posted anything.


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Killem all 06-29-2017 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by brianlg31 (Post 12533549)
Tyler just asked if you had posted anything.


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Might start on it a little bit this weekend. Not looking forward to cutting into it :D

brianlg31 06-29-2017 10:40 AM

Fiberglass tank blind build
 
Use one of these and a dust mask. Works great.
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Hollywood 06-29-2017 11:30 AM

See if you can thread that PVC plug from the inside, make a nice hole to video out of.

TXBRASS 06-29-2017 12:51 PM

How hot do these babies get? LOVE the design and look.....

brianlg31 06-29-2017 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Hollywood (Post 12540591)
See if you can thread that PVC plug from the inside, make a nice hole to video out of.

That was the original plan. BUTTTTT, I didn't get my floor with the trap door in the correct place. Now the plug is to far to one side. Plus at the time I hadn't thought of trying the standard pvc fitting, and wasn't sure how I would fill it. Oh well, what fun would it be it it all worked out perfect!

Texas Grown 06-29-2017 08:17 PM

Nice work Brian. Looking forward to pics with it in the field. :)

Abcdj 06-29-2017 08:38 PM

We just had our 2100 gallon water tank crack at the lease. Time for my own build!

Looks Great.

Hollywood 06-29-2017 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by brianlg31 (Post 12541559)
That was the original plan. BUTTTTT, I didn't get my floor with the trap door in the correct place. Now the plug is to far to one side. Plus at the time I hadn't thought of trying the standard pvc fitting, and wasn't sure how I would fill it. Oh well, what fun would it be it it all worked out perfect!

Awesome build BTW. I put bottom trap doors in all of my elevated bow blinds.

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Hoss163 06-29-2017 09:29 PM

Awesome blind should last forever!

brianlg31 07-02-2017 08:04 AM

Well I didn't post because I was a little worried I might be on the on the 10:00 news! "Giant deer stand causes traffic jam".
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But she rode great and we made it. Got her stood up yesterday. It was so easy! Put the legs on and braced them. Then put a strap over the top and hooked it in the window opening on the underside. Tied that to the jeep and pulled it right up. I really think if we would have had 3 guys we could have done it with out the jeep. Plus she landed exactly where I wanted it and almost perfectly level. Got the windows installed and caulked. Did forget curtain material but I can do that next time. Did have some old artificial Christmas tree limbs that I attached to the bracing, hopefully it will conceal me getting in and out a little.
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Finished off the evening with a T-bone, grilled squash and some scotch, watching the flags wave!
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TeamAmerica 07-02-2017 08:09 AM

Awesome! Glad there was room for the grill on the trailer!

TP3 07-02-2017 08:23 AM

Man oh man Brian, now you have gone and done it!

Looks awesome.

Bet that steak tasted pretty fine.

RascalArms 07-02-2017 08:31 AM

Man........that is SWEET Brian. That thing will last forever. Congrats!

TXBRASS 07-02-2017 10:04 AM

That is one nice set-up!!! Love that blind!!!


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Krivoman 07-02-2017 02:38 PM

Thunder Dome. Looks awesome..

brianlg31 07-02-2017 06:25 PM

Thanks everyone. I sure like it. I'm sitting in it right now. Actually here in west Texas where the wind always blows, its not terribly hot in it. I came this morning to check the coon traps and there were bucks at the feeder, so it didn't affect them at all.

brianlg31 07-02-2017 06:27 PM

And I was able to climb in with dove under the feeder, so I guess my brush will work.

brianlg31 07-02-2017 08:41 PM

2000lbs of protein 5' behind him, plus corn on the ground and he is eating cactus!
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brianlg31 07-02-2017 08:53 PM

Fiberglass tank blind build
 
Note to self. Bring a set of ear plugs to leave in here for pig hunting with a rifle!! Wow even a .17 is loud!!!
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hammer63 07-02-2017 08:56 PM

Ha ha, good stuff! Great build Brian.

TXBRASS 07-02-2017 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by brianlg31 (Post 12547637)
2000lbs of protein 5' behind him, plus corn on the ground and he is eating cactus!
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I've always heard that the deer know what they need!


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CoryW 07-02-2017 08:57 PM

That's awesome!

Texas Grown 07-02-2017 10:16 PM

Nice! :)

That grill could do double duty as a blind heater and breakfast cooker. :D
But alas, bowhunting can't have cooking while hunting. :D

lanceodom 07-03-2017 12:36 AM

Great work Brian!

cowboybam58 07-06-2017 03:28 PM

That's a great looking blind. I definitely want to build one of those

poppy1 07-10-2017 04:41 PM

That's what all the noise is about. Haha LOL No problem I live two doors away. Stand looks good set up to hunt. I see you working on #2

brianlg31 07-10-2017 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by poppy1 (Post 12564182)
That's what all the noise is about. Haha LOL No problem I live two doors away. Stand looks good set up to hunt. I see you working on #2



Man I thought maybe someone had bought that truck with the sticker on it! Yes sir, working on my son's now. Giving him a hard time because he learned from a few mistakes on mine so his is going to be better. Oh well isn't that what we do as parents.


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Killem all 07-10-2017 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by brianlg31 (Post 12564457)
Man I thought maybe someone had bought that truck with the sticker on it! Yes sir, working on my son's now. Giving him a hard time because he learned from a few mistakes on mine so his is going to be better. Oh well isn't that what we do as parents.


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Hurry up and post the mistakes so I don't make them

Outback77 07-10-2017 09:26 PM

I love mine, and bet you will too. I ended up adding a vent to the roof. Not as much for when I'm hunting, but more for when I'm not. It's sealed up really good and was sweating bad inside and getting musty smelling. The vent helped a lot.

brianlg31 07-10-2017 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Killem all (Post 12564823)
Hurry up and post the mistakes so I don't make them

Nothing major. 1st I was worried that it would be to tall and stick out to bad in west Texas with no trees to tuck it into. So I cut some off the bottom. Really wish I would have left it tall. On advantage to that would being able to lower the Deerveiw windows down a little and use the bump outs on the tank as a drip edge above the window. I'll post pictures of his when we get the windows installed. 2nd - I didn't carpet the floor till after I had it all bolted in. His we cut the floor and then laid the carpet on it and cut it perfectly to the floor. 3rd I didn't mark the floor and the side of the tank in relationship with where I wanted my door and windows. All pretty minor things, we just like giving each other a hard time, He shoots a Bear and I shoot a Mathews. As smooth as his Bear is I would NEVER admit that to him, LOL


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