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Old 08-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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A bunch of the old carpet blinds at Tres Coyotes were getting in bad shape. We took it upon our selves to replace them with more permanent models. I've been playing with this idea for a while and we finally put the plan in action.


I originally planned an octagon but changed to a hexagon with 6 sides. We cut 2x4's down for frame material and put pre-cut hardee backer boards on wood frames for side panels. Laid up a jig for geodesic triangular roof and fiberglassed the roofs. Massed produced panels with one door panel, 3 window panels and 2 solid panels for each blind. Ordered "Deer View" hinged windows and finished up the prototype.

The blinds will be hauled to ranch as stacked panels and roofs and will be assembled on site. Notice that the door is 16 inches off ground. We will dig a 12-14" deep hole to set blinds in and the door will be right above ground level. 6 1/2 foot tall blind will be a hair over 5 feet tall in the woods. We will completely cover each blind with cedar brush.

Going West next week to install blinds. I'll send pictures of the set-up and the finished product.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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That my friends is a production line...well done sir. Can't wait to see the final pics on location.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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Looks like you are one short
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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That's pretty cool I may have to try one for my next blind I really like the hexagon shape
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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Looks like you've done your homework. Post field pics when you get a chance. Good well done!
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #6
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Build baby build.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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A few more construction pics
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Those are some sweet blinds
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #9
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Those look great!
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #10
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Been doing the same thing but with gun blinds. It's a lot of work! Great job
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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It is a lot of work especially in record heat. My feed dealer was by the other day and said he could sell a bunch, asked if I would make them. I said he couldn't pay me enough!!
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #12
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Nicely done Bodey. I hope you have some strong backs. With that hardie board they will prob weigh a ton but will last forever.
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Old 08-16-2013, 05:23 PM   #13
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How much to make a couple for me????
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:54 PM   #14
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Looks good! What's the roof made of?
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:51 PM   #15
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What are the dimensions?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:13 PM   #16
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STX Bowhunter- I wouldn't make another one,especially this time of year. I might jig up to make another group next spring while it's cool. Check my pulse then.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:15 PM   #17
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Electrician and MoFo, the top is 2 layers of fiberglass and the dimensions are 6 feet at the long points of the hexagon. It is 6 1/2 ft tall at peak of roof.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #18
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #19
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Impressive production
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:08 PM   #20
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Looks good
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #21
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im looking for a new one
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:17 PM   #22
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nice
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #23
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Very nice!!!
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:57 PM   #24
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Those are nice bow blinds!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #25
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Now that's sharp!

So your layering two mats of fiberglass on the geodesic triangle then applying resin too it? Might have to study up on this, any chance on a material list and what y'all got in per blind?
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:10 PM   #26
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About 70 sq ft of fiberglass cloth, 1 1/2 gal of resin, five 3x5 hardee backer boards, 40 ' 2x4 , 3 windows, assorted fasteners and adhesives, door hardware, paint. About $335 in materials and a bunch of sweat equity.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:14 PM   #27
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very nice!
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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About 70 sq ft of fiberglass cloth, 1 1/2 gal of resin, five 3x5 hardee backer boards, 40 ' 2x4 , 3 windows, assorted fasteners and adhesives, door hardware, paint. About $335 in materials and a bunch of sweat equity.
Cool deal thanks!
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #29
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Very Cool Blind
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:56 PM   #30
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Nice job, Bodey....Those blinds will workout real good.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:22 AM   #31
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That shop is awesome!


Nice blinds too.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #32
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those look like they will work great , good job
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:49 PM   #33
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I like the idea. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #34
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Any pics of them being setup yet?
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:47 AM   #35
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Awesome blinds and your shop makes me jealous.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:11 AM   #36
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great job
very nice
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:04 AM   #37
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Any pics of them being setup yet?
Yes....Here's the link.
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=399977
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #38
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Thanks for the link!!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:30 AM   #39
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Gracias
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:29 PM   #40
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Man, that's a clean shop you run! Thanks for the pics!
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:31 PM   #41
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wow thats awesome
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:22 PM   #42
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Nice
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:35 AM   #43
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Those are nice!!
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #44
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great looking blinds. great job on install at the lease.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:52 PM   #45
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Do you remember what angle you use to cut the frame to make it a hex? And do you know if you used the 1/4 or 1/2" Hardie. I don't have a degree in engineering to figure out how to get the sides to match up. What type of paint did you use to paint the bare Hardie and how do you think it will hold up being exposed.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:38 PM   #46
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Great builds!
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:46 PM   #47
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Very good
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:06 AM   #48
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I've been thinking about doing something simular with hardie siding. How brittle do you think the hardie siding is going to be?
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:30 AM   #49
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Long as it doesn't have direct blunt impact it should be fine.
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