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Old 12-30-2020, 10:21 AM   #1
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This year was the first year I was able to get on a lease and to say it has been amazing would be an understatement. I also understated the amount of work it takes to get feeders, blinds, food plots, and $$ to start from scratch. My good friend is also on the lease. I started by building him a very nice elevated blind which we went all out on with deer view windows, etc. When it came time to build my stand, I was looking for a cheaper option for this year. My main location is a recent clear cut with a creek bottom running a curve. I've always wanted an octagon shaped stand as it always seems I want to look right where the corners of the blind are. This location lends itself very nice to an octagon shaped stand.

A while ago, I purchased a bunch of doors because I was going to build a storage cabinet in my garage with bipass doors. I think I got a lot of 10 off them off craigslist for $20. That never happened and they have been sitting in my garage ever since. I figured the doors would make a good deer blind. They are hollow core so should have some level of insulation.

Here is the progress of making the "Door Blind"

I started by cutting cardboard strips of each of the sizes of doors I had for the best way to lay them out.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:01 AM   #2
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This is how I originally laid it out. It ends up bring 6 ft wide and roughly 5 ft deep.


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Old 12-30-2020, 11:05 AM   #3
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The doors already had hinges so I used it to my advantage to quickly connect them. All I had to do then is put the pin in. Instead of all the math, I created them with the hinges and then traced out the floor to cut. I used solid core doors for the floor which was a part of the group of doors.


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Old 12-30-2020, 11:16 AM   #4
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For the windows I cut them out with a jig saw. I ripped a 2-by down to the correct width and inserted it with glue. I screwed it in all the way around. This would have been sufficient but I didnít care for how it looked. I had leftover trim from my last house so I framed out the inside and then added trim to the outside and inside. I used a lot of caulk to make sure water couldnít get in anywhere.
The photos are in the reverse order.


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Old 12-30-2020, 11:30 AM   #5
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Thats a really cool idea/build. What will you close the gaps with?

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Old 12-30-2020, 11:33 AM   #6
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looks good. Are you going to skin the outside? Figure those hollow core doors will be a mess if any moisture penetrates them.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:40 AM   #7
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Thats a really cool idea/build. What will you close the gaps with?

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Iíll rip 2x at an angle to fit in there. I was planning to put weatherstrip on the edges but ended up caulking them.


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Old 12-30-2020, 11:43 AM   #8
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looks good. Are you going to skin the outside? Figure those hollow core doors will be a mess if any moisture penetrates them.

Yep- thatís right. The end grain is the most susceptible. My options were to cover it all with the red guard stuff which water seals or I painted it extremely well with exterior paint to keep the moisture out. Thatís really why I framed the windows better to keep moisture out of the cut edges and used lots of painters caulk. Itís for sure not the best but for $20 worth of doors, I think itíll last a few years if I paint any bad areas.


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Old 12-30-2020, 11:54 AM   #9
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Following - want to see how this turns out, great idea
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Old 12-30-2020, 12:09 PM   #10
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Yep- thatís right. The end grain is the most susceptible. My options were to cover it all with the red guard stuff which water seals or I painted it extremely well with exterior paint to keep the moisture out. Thatís really why I framed the windows better to keep moisture out of the cut edges and used lots of painters caulk. Itís for sure not the best but for $20 worth of doors, I think itíll last a few years if I paint any bad areas.


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I used 2 hollow core doors for the exterior doors on shed I built at our last house. A really good coat of exterior enamel paint about every 3 years or so and they held up well for the 12 years we lived there.

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Old 01-08-2021, 04:36 AM   #11
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Any progress updates?
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:26 AM   #12
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Really interesting concept..Only prob I see is lf there indoor doors they don't hold up to WET...The indoor doors I have used in outdoor applications delaminated and fell apart in a few months...But if you can seal them should be cool... Outdoor doors hold up ok but they Heavy..Hope ya get it to work out
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Old 01-08-2021, 06:32 AM   #13
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That is a very cool idea! And yes, looking forward to the finished product.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:03 PM   #14
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:08 PM   #15
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To have a bit of a slope to the roof, I had to cut the tops at an angle. After a bunch of trying to think of the angle, I decided it was just easier to rip and attach a 2x to the top of the door. It actually worked out very well.

To seal the gaps, I ripped a 2x to fit in there. Figuring that angle was a pain. In the end I was off some but extra caulk sealed it up well. In one of the photos they are actually laying on the floor.


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Old 01-14-2021, 09:11 PM   #16
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For the few door handle holes, I just glued a small piece over them and caulked the edges to seal it.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:24 PM   #17
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I wish I wouldíve taken more photos when we assembled the blind on location. The roof is all one piece. I framed it with 2x2s and put R-panel on top. After having the platform in place, Setting up the blind was quick- it only took 30 min because each of the doors was held together with the hinge pins. I had a 2x2 along the bottom of each so it was then screwed into the floor. The roof was put on and I put screws through those 2x2s into the side walls. I ran out of time to put the inserts between the doors before opening weekend so theyíre missing in one photo. I did put awnings on all windows to keep any rain from coming in or swelling any of the doors. For the windows- I made them myself. I donít have a photo of them but will get them next time.


Iím very happy with the way it turned out. I still need to add some shelves and stuff but it has held up very nice for this first season. Thereís one small part in the front where I see a door is swelling a little. The paint got scraped off there. I need to go around and touch up the paint.


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Old 01-15-2021, 04:22 PM   #18
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Looks like it turned out great! I like the design. I assume you closed those gaps between the doors after you took those pics?


My bad, just reread your post and saw you mentioned taking pics prior to fixing the gaps
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