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Old 09-10-2020, 11:00 AM   #1
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Been working on this is recent weeks. I kicked around all spring and summer trying to figure out a way to get a blind set up that would be big enough for the family, without spending the $8000 that they want for a large pre-built blind.

Requirements were-

1. Big enough for the whole family and have room to store some minor conveniences.
2. Affordable.
3. Last longer than the usual rotten in three years wooden blind.
4. Be high enough off the ground to actually help.
5. Have stairs rather than a ladder so my dad, young kids, or others with minor disabilities could get in and out safely.
6. Be open enough for people to actually still feel like they are outdoors and experience nature. Whats the point of going hunting if you're sealed inside a capsule with a little hole to peak out of.

Rather than build the usual dimensional treated timber base with a box that sits on top of it, I decided to go with used telephone poles set deep that would extend to the roof. This would create a rock solid base and make it more wind resistant as a whole. It took some digging to figure out where to get the polls but by far the easiest way to do it is find a place where they are doing work and the crews are happy to let you have the old ones so they dont have to haul them off. The best part is they are for free!

Bye bye popup blind.




I prebuilt the main floor on the ground. All lumber is treated. Two 5/8" sheets of plywood so 8X8 floor space. Used the skid steer to ratchet it up in to place by alternating sides being raised and using temp supports to hold in place.



With the platform set to 11ft, it was time to install the stripper stairs. Not bad for a $200 craigslist find. The landing will allow the door to open outward to save space.



Framing to support the lower walls. Siding is recycled cedar fence pickets (for free). Tinted flip up windows all the way around set a little low to 36.5" so kids can see and shoot. Purchased from ultramatic feeders on 290. They keep a large stock so no 4-8 week wait like some of the other companies.



ScentWrap by Dupont between the interior and exterior walls.



Exterior walls on. Pops helped some but he was instrumental in testing the suitability of the trash pile, move out day (for free) blind chairs.



Next was the framing for the upper walls and then the roof. Everything so far has been set on the inside of the polls at 8x8. The roof is 10x12 and set on the outside of the poles to give a nice overhang. Roof is galvalume R-panel from Hilco metal just south of Navasota. Ive used them for a couple projects and been really happy. Only $74 for four 12ft sheets. The junk at lowes would have been way more.



View to one of the feeders.



That's where she sits currently. Hope to finish the roof and walls tomorrow then give an update on some conveniences. Ive got one buck that has shed velvet but the rest are still grouped up. Trying to get wrapped up and out of the woods before they start trying to set their territories.
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:11 AM   #2
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WOW!! Where you gonna put the jaccuzzi?! That's a big sucker, and looks hurricane proof!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:33 AM   #3
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Lookin good
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:34 AM   #4
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That’s a home away from home.
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:46 AM   #5
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very nice! Looking forward to the end results.
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:58 AM   #6
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Gonna make a nice family blind!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:02 PM   #7
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Jealous!
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:03 PM   #8
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Really neat idea with the poles! The kids will love that thing, can't wait to see the finish.
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:06 PM   #9
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WOW !! Thats gonna be fun to gun hunt out of. Plenty of room. Nice work man
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:07 PM   #10
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Following to see this thing finished!!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:12 PM   #11
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cool!
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Old 09-10-2020, 01:43 PM   #12
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Awesome!
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:55 PM   #13
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Very Nice
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:59 PM   #14
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nice
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:05 PM   #15
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Very cool.
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:10 PM   #16
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I love it
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:36 PM   #17
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I assume you're putting A/C and a bathroom in that sucker!
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:42 PM   #18
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Quote:
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I assume you're putting A/C and a bathroom in that sucker!

And a sxs refrigerator


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Old 09-10-2020, 05:43 PM   #19
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And a sxs refrigerator


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Next to the hot tub
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:49 PM   #20
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That’s nice!
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:53 PM   #21
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Looks great.
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Old 09-10-2020, 05:56 PM   #22
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This is glorious
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:05 PM   #23
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Wow! Thats nice! Should be there a long time!
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:19 PM   #24
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Great job

Love the stairs.
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:24 PM   #25
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I dig it!

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Old 09-10-2020, 08:46 PM   #26
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Heck yeah!! That thing will be there for life!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:07 PM   #27
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I’ve build. Great write up


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Old 09-10-2020, 10:15 PM   #28
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I have wanted to do that for a long time, should last you a long time.
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:22 PM   #29
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And here I am thinking my 6’x7’ is gonna be big I’m an amateur compared to you
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Old 09-10-2020, 11:30 PM   #30
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Be Sure to tie it down. lol
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Old 09-11-2020, 06:50 AM   #31
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Dang!


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Old 09-11-2020, 07:45 AM   #32
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Very cool, really like the spiral stairs.
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Old 09-11-2020, 08:17 AM   #33
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Very nice.

Looks like that thing will see generations of use.



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Old 09-11-2020, 10:39 AM   #34
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Solid build!
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Old 09-11-2020, 11:13 AM   #35
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Impressive!
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Old 09-12-2020, 09:50 PM   #36
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Thanks for all the comments!

I sure hope I dont lose my lease next year! I kid but it will be staying if the place ever sells.

Got the roof and exterior upper walls on. Added some X-braces to knock out any shaking.



I dont know if it was the cooler weather or rain but the pile of fence pickets was INFESTED with the little bastages. Mashed about 30-40. Going to nuke them Monday.



View to the other two feeders. There will be a gun rest shelf and I'm thinking maybe a little more tint on the windows depending on how it looks once the inside is closed up.

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Old 09-13-2020, 07:32 AM   #37
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Unique Build....and TUFF should ride out Hurricane and tidal surge....Thx for Share
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:37 PM   #38
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Got it wrapped up today. Been one heck of a project!

Finishing up the inner walls and heavy duty upper shelf added to store the big stuff up off the ground.



Framed the door out of 2x2 cedar to keep it light weight.



Finished door and hung coat hooks.



Shooting shelfs around with corner shelfs to have a place for drinks, phones, etc.



Room for 20lb propane, heater, single burner stove, extra chairs, etc. Also added V notches in the shooting shelfs to rest your gun barrel.



May be the worlds first ever camo lightning rod. Small investment to help protect against it burning down in a storm. If you ever need to set up a lightning rod system give Jim a call. He will walk you through the engineering and setup. http://www.lightningrodsupply.com/in...s/page0001.htm



Wrapped the outside in camo net. Kinda polishing a **** when it comes to hiding something of this size but it does give it some depth and break things up a little. Its not the quality of the old US military stuff but it's supposed to last pretty well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



View of the back. Need to grab a few more pics from the feeders shooting back at the blind.



Only thing left is adding a solar setup for lights, fans, etc but Im thinking that may have to wait til after season.
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:51 PM   #39
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Dude, that thing is awesome !
Way to go, thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:58 PM   #40
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I would name this blind "Enderman". It's a Minecraft character.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:28 PM   #41
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Awesomely Done


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Old 09-29-2020, 08:46 PM   #42
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cool
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:46 PM   #43
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Lightning rod!

Yessss

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Old 09-29-2020, 09:55 PM   #44
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Very impressive
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Old 09-29-2020, 10:09 PM   #45
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Solar panels, batteries, a good inverter, LED lights and plugs. 20 foot antenna with a 27” TV and call it the “Tashma Hall”

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Old 09-29-2020, 10:10 PM   #46
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That’s one hell of a stand!!
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Old 09-29-2020, 11:34 PM   #47
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The Taj Mahal! Nice
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:05 AM   #48
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Holy smokes! That’s a project! Hope the deer show up
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:09 AM   #49
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That thing turned out great. Should last for generations.

Hope you dont run out of deer. Hahaha


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Old 09-30-2020, 09:22 AM   #50
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That is legit. Wish I was that handy
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