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Old 04-29-2019, 09:54 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about trying to build me an Octagon Bow blind but I'm trying to keep the wood wasting down to a minimum. What would you say the minimum width to keep the blind to comfortably draw without sticking arrow out the window? I'm thinking 6ft across. I'm 5'9" and have a 27.5" draw length if that matters
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:29 AM   #2
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I'm thinking about trying to build me an Octagon Bow blind but I'm trying to keep the wood wasting down to a minimum. What would you say the minimum width to keep the blind to comfortably draw without sticking arrow out the window? I'm thinking 6ft across. I'm 5'9" and have a 27.5" draw length if that matters
I built (and still hunt out of) a 5' wide Octagon blind back in 2008. Hindsight being 20/20 I wish it were 6' across but 5' is what I would call bare minimum.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ad.php?t=46581 (See Post 38)

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Old 04-30-2019, 07:38 AM   #3
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I would say 6 feet minimum. I built one and had a huge amount of wasted plywood. It's a great blind, but, if I had it to do all over again, I'd do a hexagon.
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I have built two octogons. One from steel and one from wood. The steel version was easier, cheaper and way easier to set up. Both are roughly 70 inches from point to point (I cant remember if its 67 or 72"). Im 6' with a 28" draw and I can sit in one corner and draw without my broadhead clearing any of the 3 or 4 windows.

I love both of them. The only down side is when you shoot a .223 SBR from inside even suppressed its loud

I have some detailed plains in PDF I can send via email that reduce a ton of scrap wood. One hexagon and one octagon
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Im in the process of building an octagon blind too. Im in the same boat, as Im seeing how much waste Im going to have. It's giving me serious heartburn!
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I have built two octogons. One from steel and one from wood. The steel version was easier, cheaper and way easier to set up. Both are roughly 70 inches from point to point (I cant remember if its 67 or 72"). Im 6' with a 28" draw and I can sit in one corner and draw without my broadhead clearing any of the 3 or 4 windows.

I love both of them. The only down side is when you shoot a .223 SBR from inside even suppressed its loud

I have some detailed plains in PDF I can send via email that reduce a ton of scrap wood. One hexagon and one octagon
Sounds great, careybirdwell@sbcglobal.net
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Flat to flat is just shy of 6'-0", can't remember the panel size, but I think close to 28"+ outside to outside on panels. Still hunt from it today, sits great easy to kill out of. I'll try and dig up some field photos, it is tucked up under a huge Live Oak then covered in army camo mesh, then cut small shooting holes for each window out of mesh.

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Old 05-01-2019, 05:33 PM   #10
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I would recommend playing with this "calculator". https://www.calculatorsoup.com/calcu...ne/polygon.php

Calculate for pentagon, hexagon and octagon, I left out the 7 sided heptagon because of the illegitimate angles, 8 is bad enough. Look at the square footage using 4 foot panels for each side, distance across etc., or draw them out on a concrete surface. In my opinion, the hexagon worked better for me, I got the square footage I felt I needed, and the construction was simple.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:12 PM   #11
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My next build will be the hexagon also
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:32 PM   #12
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I would recommend playing with this "calculator". https://www.calculatorsoup.com/calcu...ne/polygon.php

Calculate for pentagon, hexagon and octagon, I left out the 7 sided heptagon because of the illegitimate angles, 8 is bad enough. Look at the square footage using 4 foot panels for each side, distance across etc., or draw them out on a concrete surface. In my opinion, the hexagon worked better for me, I got the square footage I felt I needed, and the construction was simple.
Yes sir, that would have helped a tad on waist when I built mine......napkin, pencil and a few beers later I was ripping 2x4s.....

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Old 05-01-2019, 06:51 PM   #13
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Since it going to be a bow blind I also would suggest making it six sided. An octagon is a lot more trouble to build and it in my experience it is near impossible to maneuver around to shoot from more than one-to-three windows when deer are in bow range. I like to sit way ack from the windows. Mine is almost 80” deep
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:07 PM   #14
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Here is thread and drawings for pentagon. Shooting straight out windows allows for lots of room for the longest of draws. Saves material over hexagon.

If link doesn't work search for Pentagon in DIY.

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I have built two octogons. One from steel and one from wood. The steel version was easier, cheaper and way easier to set up. Both are roughly 70 inches from point to point (I cant remember if its 67 or 72"). Im 6' with a 28" draw and I can sit in one corner and draw without my broadhead clearing any of the 3 or 4 windows.

I love both of them. The only down side is when you shoot a .223 SBR from inside even suppressed its loud

I have some detailed plains in PDF I can send via email that reduce a ton of scrap wood. One hexagon and one octagon
If you're in the sharing mood I'd love to have detailed plans for a hexagon stand. crittergetter76@yahoo.com
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If you're in the sharing mood I'd love to have detailed plans for a hexagon stand. crittergetter76@yahoo.com
Id appreciate the same Quackerbox. Brodahl@verizon.net
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I have built two octogons. One from steel and one from wood. The steel version was easier, cheaper and way easier to set up. Both are roughly 70 inches from point to point (I cant remember if its 67 or 72"). Im 6' with a 28" draw and I can sit in one corner and draw without my broadhead clearing any of the 3 or 4 windows.

I love both of them. The only down side is when you shoot a .223 SBR from inside even suppressed its loud

I have some detailed plains in PDF I can send via email that reduce a ton of scrap wood. One hexagon and one octagon
Send em my way as well brother, please.

sierracharlie338@gmail.com


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Send em my way as well brother, please.

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Old 05-03-2019, 06:21 AM   #20
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No more than 6'5 ... Keeps your sides under 32" so you can get 3 rips a sheet and run your plywood horizontal.. It leaves a seam but nothing some z-bar or trim and caulk won't seal
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I have built two octogons. One from steel and one from wood. The steel version was easier, cheaper and way easier to set up. Both are roughly 70 inches from point to point (I cant remember if its 67 or 72"). Im 6' with a 28" draw and I can sit in one corner and draw without my broadhead clearing any of the 3 or 4 windows.

I love both of them. The only down side is when you shoot a .223 SBR from inside even suppressed its loud

I have some detailed plains in PDF I can send via email that reduce a ton of scrap wood. One hexagon and one octagon
I would love to have a copy as well, sixwarden9@hotmail .com
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:20 PM   #23
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While perusing the DIY looking for blind ideas I have ended up with less of a plan than before. I like the idea of a hexagon blind, but I am without a table saw, so cutting all the angles seems not so fun with a circular saw. I originally thought about a 4x6 blind with a single vertical window in the short side. Hunting to a feeder at 20 yards, so I don't need lots of shooting windows. We have been using a pop up, but like the idea of a box blind up 3-4 feet. Anyone try a box blind like this, or is a hexagon or octogan the way to go?
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:23 PM   #24
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One more question, are you guys stand or sitting to shoot? Well actually a lot of questions, but I can't create a new thread yet. Last one in here, how do decide your window height from the floor and overall vertical size?
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:25 PM   #25
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Hexagon doesn't require anything more than a circular saw. The corner 2x2 pieces of wood fit perfect when ran through a table saw, but not all that bad without.
Hexagon is more expensive but easily fit 2 people and have plenty of drawing room.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:32 PM   #26
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This is mine I built a few years ago . Its a little over 6 feet wide .Name:  04EA00A6-3C52-4F00-8BEB-32EF1CFA9F09.jpg
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While perusing the DIY looking for blind ideas I have ended up with less of a plan than before. I like the idea of a hexagon blind, but I am without a table saw, so cutting all the angles seems not so fun with a circular saw. I originally thought about a 4x6 blind with a single vertical window in the short side. Hunting to a feeder at 20 yards, so I don't need lots of shooting windows. We have been using a pop up, but like the idea of a box blind up 3-4 feet. Anyone try a box blind like this, or is a hexagon or octogan the way to go?

I ended up making a Hexagon Blind. I made it where it was basically 6ft across its longest width. If I was to do it again, I would have made it a little bigger. I can draw inside it but really have to watch moving around in it while drawing.

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I would love to have a copy as well, sixwarden9@hotmail .com
Same as above. Remind me if u dont see them.

I'm going to be building another in the spring. Havent decided if 6 or 8 sides

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Old 10-04-2019, 10:53 AM   #29
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Hexagon doesn't require anything more than a circular saw. The corner 2x2 pieces of wood fit perfect when ran through a table saw, but not all that bad without.
Hexagon is more expensive but easily fit 2 people and have plenty of drawing room.
When you say more expensive, you mean than a regular box blind I'm guessing?
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Old 10-04-2019, 10:57 AM   #30
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Same as above. Remind me if u dont see them.

I'm going to be building another in the spring. Havent decided if 6 or 8 sides

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When you say more expensive, you mean than a regular box blind I'm guessing?
it could get to be more cause if you build each side 21-24 inches your gonna need more plywood or whatever you side it with. I used smart siding on both mine and made use of all the drop pieces. Mine are 6 foot tall at the most and I used the 2 foot leftovers for one side without a window. The joints got that metal trim in them and caulked then paint.

something I learned when I made the first one with wood is keep the ripped 2x4s together so they match a little better when you assemble. The wooden blind was a beast and the sections were heavy. the steel blind was much easier to build, haul and set up. Steel didn't cost me much more than wood but I was able to get the material at wholesale from my FIL shop
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When you say more expensive, you mean than a regular box blind I'm guessing?
More expensive than 4x4, where you can use one sheet per side and 1 sheet for top and bottom. On pentagon you need 1 sheet per side, 1 sheet for top, and one sheet for bottom. Need a bit more metal for roof, more windows. A bit sturdier frame on bottom and ceiling for the slightly larger surface area.
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Mine are round, but 6 across. I have plenty of room.

No wood involved except for the floor. Made from cattle panel, covered in indoor/outdoor carpet and camo netting. You can cut windows wherever you want and put it on any kind of platform. Much lighter to move than wood blinds.
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Bringing this back to life..... I'd like to see some pics of the build process if you've got 'em.

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