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Old 08-08-2022, 08:20 AM   #1
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My beautiful daughter will be hunting out west a little more this season so I offered to build her on bow blind. She mentioned that she really liked hunting out of my three window octagon blind so I decided to just mimic mine with a few tweaks.

With lumber prices being what they are, we decided to do a little scavenger hunting and salvaging of some used lumber. We got very good at pulling nails and squaring up lumber but saved a ton of money.

First off I laid out the exterior base with 2x4’s and decided on 30” wall panels, which would create a 75” flat to flat interior dimension. I know this seems big, and it is, but my thoughts were to give her plenty of room for shelves, hangers and also be able to have a real comfortable office chair. Who knows, maybe one year she will throw me some grand baby’s, bingo, plenty of room. So I built and framed the base.

Next step was to find material to skin the floor. I happen to come across some old motor crates that were used to transport rocket motors to Spacex. Breck and I were able to take a couple of crow bars and hammers and in one evening salvaged enough rough cut 1x8’s to cover the floor and build the door.

Once completed, it was time to decide on a wall height and get to ripping 2x4’s into 2x2’s but on a 22.5 degree angles. It was decided to go with a 6’-8” wall height and off we went. Cut all the 2x4’s to length then ran them through the table saw. Once we had our 16 vertical wall braces it was time to cut 16 horizontal supports along with 32 wall braces cut on 45 degree angles.

I decided to use my 16 ga finishing nailer to scab all together then come back and suck it all together with 3 Ĺ” screws.

More to come shortly.

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Old 08-08-2022, 08:26 AM   #2
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We knew we were going to build this blind into removable panels, so we really just tacked them in place to start.
Got all the walls up and tacked in place so now it was time to add the windows. I used her height to set the bottom of the window frame and I used mine and my son in laws to set the top. We had already decided on a set of DeerView windows and the size chosen was 18x10ís.

Windows framed and window panels complete ready for skin.

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So now came time to decide on what we were going to skin the panels with? Weight was a concern, so the free 1x8ís were not an option, and any size OSB/plywood was out of our price range. So it was agreed on to go with a 4x8 5mm sheeting from Home Depot. Once purchased, we made quick work of covering the panels and getting them painted for protection.

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Old 08-08-2022, 08:39 AM   #4
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With all the panels painted and ready to roll, we went ahead and pieced all back together to make sure nothing had gotten skewed in the prior process’s.

So I went ahead and built the door, skinned and hung where paint could be applied.

At this time we got all hands on deck to help black out the inside while I built shelves and shade canopies for the windows.
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Old 08-08-2022, 08:41 AM   #5
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Mad skills, well done sir.
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Old 08-08-2022, 08:43 AM   #6
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Awesome job on the blind.
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Old 08-08-2022, 08:47 AM   #7
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Once we got the old barn roof tin cut to cover, we went ahead and took it back apart and loaded onto my trailer for transporting to lease.

If wondering why I did not add the base build onto any of the post? I did not build the base, we actually scored this from a lease member that generously offered to let us use it. We had to do a little scabbing, but it worked out well.

So last weekend we rolled out to Christoval with blind in tow. Remaining pictures are of its final resting spot. Would have taken more erection pictures but the heat almost killed us. I will get some inside pics next trip.

Hope you enjoyed this brief DIY.

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Old 08-08-2022, 12:54 PM   #8
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Heck of a build, yall done good !!!
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Old 08-08-2022, 12:59 PM   #9
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Nice work!
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:02 PM   #10
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Outstanding!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:23 PM   #11
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Good job!
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:26 PM   #12
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Very good job Sir!!
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:33 PM   #13
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That looks awesome, great stand placement also!! Good luck breaking it in!
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:41 PM   #14
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I wished I would have taken the time and documented the build and erection a little better. For example calking every joint and each floor plank to limit any possible wood squeak, mounting of windows, foaming all gaps to keep any spiders out, sealing and then painting the bottom of the floor for weather protection....etc etc.

It was a fun build with daughter, son n law and son, great memories made.

I have a good ideal it will have blood around it pretty quick.

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Old 08-08-2022, 07:38 PM   #15
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Well done sir! Well done! And I wouldn't doubt it a bit about get-n it bloody quick. Those are Chambers Children.
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Old 08-08-2022, 08:02 PM   #16
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Excellent job
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Old 08-09-2022, 07:14 AM   #17
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Well done sir! Well done! And I wouldn't doubt it a bit about get-n it bloody quick. Those are Chambers Children.
Appreciate that Mike, hope all is well.

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Old 08-09-2022, 07:27 AM   #18
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How did you do the windows?
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Old 08-09-2022, 07:35 AM   #19
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Well done

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Old 08-09-2022, 07:38 AM   #20
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That turned out nice. Looks good where you put it also.
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Old 08-09-2022, 08:02 AM   #21
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How did you do the windows?
Framed the window openings 1" smaller than the ordered size window per Deer View web page.

The Deer View windows come with mounting hardware, so it went extremely quick. I will never custom build my own window frames and cover with plexiglass again. The Deer View windows are well worth the money in my opinion.

We sealed the window frame portion that is exposed to the elements by calking the joints then painting the exposed material then once dried, spayed the entire area with flex seal. Plus I built three window shade covers.

I will grab pictures from inside and out next trip.

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Old 08-09-2022, 08:21 AM   #22
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I've built 2 of these at almost exact dimensions. I'm sold on the deer get used to them much faster than a square or a pop up.

My son and I have hunted the same blind with two bows many times. She's gonna love it

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Old 08-09-2022, 09:25 AM   #23
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I've built 2 of these at almost exact dimensions. I'm sold on the deer get used to them much faster than a square or a pop up.

My son and I have hunted the same blind with two bows many times. She's gonna love it

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This was my second one also. The first one is a tad smaller but close. you are correct on easily hunting two out of them. Also, I too believe deer get use to them quicker.

I will try and dig up a few photos of my first one.

Lake Limestone water level way down yet?

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Old 08-09-2022, 10:07 AM   #24
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Richard, do you remember what height you set the bottom of those windows off the floor? I am modifying one of my stands that have 36"x6" windows now to 18"x12". I have come to realize that there is no need to have a window that tall as all it does is let in extra light.
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Old 08-09-2022, 11:15 AM   #25
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Gary, I believe we went with 32" to bottom of window on one and 30" on the other. Keep in mind, it makes a difference if you are going to elevate it also.

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Old 08-09-2022, 02:16 PM   #26
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Hatís off sir! Fine job there!


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Old 08-10-2022, 09:12 AM   #27
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I like your idea looks pretty good
alot like my setups
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I like your idea looks pretty good
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Little more trimmed up than mine. Ha ha Great looking killing huts sir.

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Looks good!
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Old 08-10-2022, 03:37 PM   #30
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Totally bad azz!
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Old 08-10-2022, 03:46 PM   #31
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Nice work.
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Old 08-10-2022, 03:48 PM   #32
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Well done!
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Old 08-10-2022, 04:17 PM   #33
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Old 08-10-2022, 04:22 PM   #34
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Looks great Richard
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Old 08-10-2022, 04:28 PM   #35
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So now came time to decide on what we were going to skin the panels with? Weight was a concern, so the free 1x8ís were not an option, and any size OSB/plywood was out of our price range. So it was agreed on to go with a 4x8 5mm sheeting from Home Depot. Once purchased, we made quick work of covering the panels and getting them painted for protection.

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I've just framed up my new stand and needing to wall it in.
What sheeting exactly are you referring to? Plywood is just too expensive.
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I've just framed up my new stand and needing to wall it in.
What sheeting exactly are you referring to? Plywood is just too expensive.
Sorry meant 1/8Ē 4x8 utility panel.

I think they were 16.98 each. We used 5 or 6 sheets.

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Old 08-10-2022, 09:26 PM   #37
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I like it and the spot. I might need to come break that in for you....you know how warm early season can be!
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Old 08-10-2022, 09:31 PM   #38
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Very nice, she will enjoy that !
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This was my second one also. The first one is a tad smaller but close. you are correct on easily hunting two out of them. Also, I too believe deer get use to them quicker.

I will try and dig up a few photos of my first one.

Lake Limestone water level way down yet?

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Wayyyy down.

Last week there was dry land where the water was over the floor board on my ranger july 4th. Probably drag the jon boat up and bring the CC home at labor day

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Wayyyy down.

Last week there was dry land where the water was over the floor board on my ranger july 4th. Probably drag the jon boat up and bring the CC home at labor day
Understood, Waco is down right at 9'. A couple of government ground spots I like to boat into and hunt are only accessible by foot now......did I mention old and out of shape.... need some run off rain badly.

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Old 08-15-2022, 08:29 AM   #41
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Great work Richard! I'm needing something exactly like this for one of my spots. Tried to make a tripod work but it's just not cutting it.
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Old 08-15-2022, 10:29 AM   #42
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Great work Richard! I'm needing something exactly like this for one of my spots. Tried to make a tripod work but it's just not cutting it.
If what your looking for is just for hunting one, I would suggest cut down on the size quite a bit. You can get away with 1'-9" to 2'-0" panels with wall heights of 6'-0". Would be much easier on material and hiding in brush piles.

Hope all is well my friend.

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Old 08-15-2022, 11:02 AM   #43
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Great build for sure. I've built quite a few of these style blinds and love them. I've learned a little more each time I build one. My first build was a full Octagon, but I now build them like 2BigMethod by squaring off the left, right, and back sides of the blind. It allows for you to build the blind deeper without wasting much of the skinning material. 2'6" octagon walls and then you can use a 4' full sheet plus the remaining 1'6" piece from the octagon wall to build out the left/right sides and it gives you almost a 7' depth which helps you sit back further from the windows. I like your window awnings, but I expect you may have to spray wasps nests each year (minor details). I also came across some very reasonably priced Coroplast sheets that I used for skinning and they have held up pretty good with the exception of one a huge Oak Tree uprooted and fell on it (It wouldn't have mattered what it was skinned with as no blind would have survived. LOL). Again, great build and I'm sure will allow for many comfortable and successful hunts.
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Old 08-15-2022, 11:04 AM   #44
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Great looking stands guys! Great job!
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Old 08-16-2022, 10:08 AM   #45
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Nice blind, looks comfy.
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Old 08-25-2022, 07:15 PM   #46
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Solid Work!!!
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Old 08-25-2022, 07:31 PM   #47
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Nice work!!!

Looking forward to all the future LDPís to come from it.
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Old 08-26-2022, 10:57 AM   #48
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Can't tell on the pics, is your door/s inset or lapping over the outside? Just stumped on how to keep my from getting rain inside that end of it.
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Can't tell on the pics, is your door/s inset or lapping over the outside? Just stumped on how to keep my from getting rain inside that end of it.
Inset with weather stripping around the door jams. The door skin was cut a tad longer than the door framing on the bottom to help with rain running down the door drip off with out running under door and into stand. Hope that makes since.

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