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Old 07-13-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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I finally got my hands on a couple cable spools, been looking for a few years. These things are huge. I figured around 7'ish, try 10. First order of business is to get them down close to 7'. I was hoping I could cut a section out, and pull it around, that didn't happen, first try kinked.(already had a ding in it that I didn't notice before I cut the section out, this is where it kinked) After the kink, I straightened it out the best I could, welded a couple plates on either side, and then welded a straight bar across. I'll use that to frame the door. Second one went without a hitch. Cut section out, weld on hooks, pull gap closed to 3' (started a little better than 8') then weld in a brace. Haven't cut the final piece for that one yet.

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Old 07-13-2019, 07:55 PM   #2
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Next, I traded a guy some tractor work for a bunch of fiberglass material that they build cooling towers with. I'm going to use this 3"X3" angle for studs. Just dummy cut one to see if I like it, I do. This is as far as I've gotten so far, hopefully project won't drag out too long, but my wife is due any day now so who knows.


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Old 07-14-2019, 02:03 AM   #3
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Looks good so far. Did you already have the 3” angle? Did you consider using a thin(ner) walled square tubing for the frame? That angle is overkill—but I like overkill. Haaa. Man, if you frame walls, windows and doors with that angle it is going to be heavy!

Most importantly, best wishes to all with the baby!

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Old 07-14-2019, 05:37 AM   #4
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Looks good so far. Did you already have the 3” angle? Did you consider using a thin(ner) walled square tubing for the frame? That angle is overkill—but I like overkill. Haaa. Man, if you frame walls, windows and doors with that angle it is going to be heavy!

Most importantly, best wishes to all with the baby!
Already had the angle, it's fiberglass not iron. Should be light. They build cooling towers out of it, because it doesn't rot. Good stuff.

Thanks for the well wishes.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:45 AM   #5
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There has been contractors using these near my house the past few weeks, and using them for a blind was my first idea also. It should work great.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:56 AM   #6
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We are working on the exact same thing. We purchased 3 sets.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:22 AM   #7
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We are working on the exact same thing. We purchased 3 sets.
Put up some progress pics, I might want to steal your ideas.

Purchased 3 sets of what?

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Old 07-14-2019, 09:16 AM   #8
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Already had the angle, it's fiberglass not iron. Should be light. They build cooling towers out of it, because it doesn't rot. Good stuff.

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Cool. Makes much more sense to me. I thought you were referencing other fiberglass material. Following along!
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:09 PM   #9
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Cool. Makes much more sense to me. I thought you were referencing other fiberglass material. Following along!
All fiberglass material. Trying to use as much as I can, for weight, and to get it out of my way.

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Old 07-14-2019, 02:38 PM   #10
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Got back on it after church this morning. (Good message btw duckdogtrainer, if anyone is in the Winnie area I'd encourage you to come visit us on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Winnie.)

Anyhow, so far I've got up 4 "studs". Having a little trouble deciding on square, or level. That kink, (the top circle) is throwing things off.

Trying to figure out exactly how I want to frame my winders. Thinking about 12"X24" verticle.

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Old 07-14-2019, 06:36 PM   #11
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Always go with square....level can be worked out upon setup.

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Old 07-14-2019, 07:00 PM   #12
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Always go with square....level can be worked out upon setup.

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Where were you at 4 hrs ago? I went level and it looks like garbage. Started taking it apart and decided I'd had enough for the day. Hanging out with the family now. At least I know where I need to go with it.

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Old 07-14-2019, 07:03 PM   #13
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:18 PM   #14
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Where were you at 4 hrs ago? I went level and it looks like garbage. Started taking it apart and decided I'd had enough for the day. Hanging out with the family now. At least I know where I need to go with it.

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Sorry. I was napping. My fault.

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Old 07-14-2019, 11:45 PM   #15
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Looking good!
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:04 PM   #16
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Have to hate it when things get kinky, lol. You can still make it work. Building things from scratch and on the fly can get tricky but is a lot of fun. Take your time and think the next step through very thoroughly before ya start. Looks like you are on the way to having a realy nice bow blind. Just remember.. bigger is better......
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:36 PM   #17
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Here's my blind that I built out of one of those spools.
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Old 07-16-2019, 01:09 PM   #18
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Here it is for now. Got all my "studs" up and one window frames. It's starting to look better. Spent a lot of time trying to decide how I wanted my windows. I think I like the direction they're going. I'm about $16 into the project so far, but I haven't got skin for it yet. Either way I'll be in pretty cheap. We go to the hospital this afternoon to induce, should have a new baby girl by morning. This project is about to slow way down I think. She will be number 3, all girls. Prayers would be appreciated for a healthy momma and baby.

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Old 07-16-2019, 01:10 PM   #19
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Here's my blind that I built out of one of those spools.
If mine looks half that good, I'll be happy

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Looking good so far.
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:34 PM   #21
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Here's how it sits, and probably for a while. Going to clean up and head to the hospital. IM FREAKING PUMPED!!!


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Old 07-16-2019, 03:47 PM   #22
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Here's my blind that I built out of one of those spools.
Op your blind will not blow around thats for sure. Looks good so far. LOve these builds.

Not Hi jacking your thread.

Txbowhunter72 Been thinking about finding an old satellite dish for a roof myself. How did you tie it down?
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See, here we have a classic case of a fool merging several bad ideas at once....this is not amateur hour here folks!


1. Working with circles AND squares on the same project....and trying to level/square it all.
2. A steel fab man combining steel and plastic material and expecting to nail it on the first shot. (How many times have you told yourself "if I could just weld this **** I'd be done with this tomorrow!"?)
3. Starting such a project with a newborn at home, or about to be.


Classic stupid mistakes that I have made, sworn I'll never attempt again, and will most definitely attempt again at some point (without newborns).

Proceed sir! She looks great so far, and will look even better next year when almost finished.

Congrats on the new kiddo, good thoughts and vibes for a smooth delivery.
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Op your blind will not blow around thats for sure. Looks good so far. LOve these builds.

Not Hi jacking your thread.

Txbowhunter72 Been thinking about finding an old satellite dish for a roof myself. How did you tie it down?


The weight of the dish was enough to hold in place, but then I put a bead of great stuff in between the top ring and the dish.


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Looking good my friend! And congrats on the new little one!
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:05 PM   #26
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See, here we have a classic case of a fool merging several bad ideas at once....this is not amateur hour here folks!


1. Working with circles AND squares on the same project....and trying to level/square it all.
2. A steel fab man combining steel and plastic material and expecting to nail it on the first shot. (How many times have you told yourself "if I could just weld this **** I'd be done with this tomorrow!"?)
3. Starting such a project with a newborn at home, or about to be.


Classic stupid mistakes that I have made, sworn I'll never attempt again, and will most definitely attempt again at some point (without newborns).

Proceed sir! She looks great so far, and will look even better next year when almost finished.

Congrats on the new kiddo, good thoughts and vibes for a smooth delivery.
This is spot on. Especially the part about welding it and being done with it. I never was good at geology.


Thanks for all of the well wishes with the baby everyone.

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I have tried several different roofs and all have failed at some point. The wind is pretty bad at our place. The brown blind blew 250 yards over a feeder pen over a barb wire fence and 50 yards into some thick mesquites. I rolled it back over the fence around the pen and back into place THEN staked it down

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Old 07-16-2019, 08:17 PM   #28
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Looking good! Congrats on the hospital trip! I'm with Dale. Been there, done that, and will do it again. Some of my most painful projects have been the result of utilizing free or low cost materials. :-) It WILL happen again.
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:26 PM   #29
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Looking good! Congrats on the hospital trip! I'm with Dale. Been there, done that, and will do it again. Some of my most painful projects have been the result of utilizing free or low cost materials. :-) It WILL happen again.
Never in my life finished a "free" project and didn't think, I'd pay double not to do that again. Not sure I've ever finished a "free" project and didn't pay double now that I think about it.

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She is looking good. Congrats on the new addition to the family. Hope all goes well....
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:24 AM   #31
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We have a very healthy sumo wrestler. 2:22 this morning, 9lbs 1oz June Lake Austin

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Congrats! 3 girls...Wow! I've got 2 now and I don't think I'm crazy enough to try again.
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Congrats!!!!
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Congrats! Outstanding work. Healthy kid there!
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Here's my blind that I built out of one of those spools.
Good looking blind. Looks like a sat dish for a roof?
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That is exactly what it is. Works great.
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