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Old 11-22-2020, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default New Blind....”The Wheelhouse”

For the last several years, my brother-in-law & I have been talking about making a blind from a metal spool, so I can get in out of the cold tree stand or quad and be a little more comfortable during cold or wet conditions.

Well, as of a couple of wkends ago, it started coming to life. I picked up the required metal, sheathing, & odds/ends that we needed & we used a lot of what we had to suffice the rest.

It’s just under 8’ on the inside circumference & 6.5’ tall. We used old barn tin for the exterior, 1/4 sheathing on the interior walls, R13 batting insulation, 1/2” foil backed insulation on the ceiling, 2 rubber stall mats over 1/2” flooring, black plastic covering under the metal exterior, black paint, & black caulk.

We put it together and left the oddball lengths of exterior just as they were and framed out they five windows so as to help keep moisture out. We also made a skid for it to make this thing a little easier to move. I have no idea on weight, but it is heavy!

This thing is awesome & I look forward to seeing how some cold weather hunts go. I hunted it this evening for the first time & that thing is not only good & dark on the inside, but it’s quiet as can be!

There are a few things we will do different on the next one when that time arrives.......but as for now, I’m one extremely happy bow hunter!

I have to give it up for my bnl, Windwalker, because without him.....this probably would not have happened. He’s one of the best guys I know & I really enjoy getting into things with him!













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Old 11-22-2020, 10:50 PM   #2
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Cool blind....
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Old 11-23-2020, 12:07 AM   #3
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Man I got the hookup on several spools like this and have been thinking about building a blind from them. What would you do different if you built another?
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:40 AM   #4
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Use two additional spoils to cut the outer curves to frame the windows out with. We put a metal stud at each spoke and framed the windows off that. Which essentially makes the inner area an octagon. Not a big deal, but when you start securing the exterior, it pulls inward at the windows. By cutting/welding the curved sections in place, it’d help keep it “round”....or at least at this point I believe it would. I’d also use treated plyboard for the roof & floor.
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:49 AM   #5
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Here is my blind that is made out of the same cable spool
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:23 AM   #6
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Sweet blind!
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:31 AM   #7
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That is one cool blind right there!
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:53 AM   #8
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Cool. I would just cut one window and put it on a lazy Susan type bearing and rotate it as needed. ;-)
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:44 PM   #9
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Cool. I would just cut one window and put it on a lazy Susan type bearing and rotate it as needed. ;-)
Makes me think of the old commercial where the kids where on the sit'n spin. LOL
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:29 PM   #10
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Sweet build, should be a lot of deer killed out of it.
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:50 PM   #11
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Man I like that blind!
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Old 11-27-2020, 07:30 AM   #12
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Thanks guys!
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:20 PM   #13
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Nice build.
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:26 PM   #14
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very cool blind!
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Old 11-29-2020, 06:47 PM   #15
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Appreciate the good words fellas! Shot the bow out of it for the first time this wkend, and that thing is like shooting inside a sound booth......very, very quiet! All that insulation does wonders absorbing sounds, not to mention heating up nicely and keeping the rain out! LOL
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Old 12-02-2020, 12:49 PM   #16
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Nice build
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Old 12-06-2020, 05:13 PM   #17
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Thanks braggjr, I really like it. It sure beats being cold & damp in the tree or quad. LOL
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Old 12-06-2020, 05:26 PM   #18
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Pretty cool.
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Old 12-06-2020, 05:30 PM   #19
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I like it, nice job
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Old 12-06-2020, 07:43 PM   #20
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Thank you fellas!
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Old 12-13-2020, 02:59 PM   #21
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:17 PM   #22
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:18 PM   #23
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:29 PM   #24
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Nice blind
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:31 PM   #25
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Really neat project. Keeps you warm, it’s quite , no sitting in the rain, I like it a lot.


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Old 01-21-2021, 09:10 PM   #26
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Cool blind
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Old 01-23-2021, 03:29 AM   #27
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Awesome


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Old 02-01-2021, 12:24 PM   #28
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Great idea.
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Old 02-04-2021, 07:00 PM   #29
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Nice
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Old 02-04-2021, 07:52 PM   #30
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Any luck ?


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Old 02-05-2021, 06:07 PM   #31
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Yessireee! Drew blood the first night that it was in place. Put it in place around noon to 2pm the day we finished it and by dusk, a dirt nap had been administered to a nasty ol sow. On the next trip out, another pig was shot, then I took a pretty nice buck the week following.

Sat the last weekend of the season and gave an old doe a hair cut. I shot for 35 and she wound up being more like 28. Zipped the hairs right off the top of her back. She'll be out there for next year , cause I watched as she stood out back of the brush forever and then she just slowly walked away. I was pretty disgusted with myself for the misjudgment, but it happens sometimes.

For the really cold sits, I struck the Buddy Heater for a few minutes and then would just run the pilot light. That thing will run you out of your insulated clothing in a hurry! I've really enjoyed it and can't believe I hadn't done it sooner!

To say that I'm a happy ol' hunter, would be a severe understatement. I'll still sit in the trees from time to time, but when it's wet or cold.....I'm still in the game without being miserable.

I think we'll be building another one for my brother-n-law pretty soon!
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Old 02-05-2021, 06:20 PM   #32
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Excellent!
Those does don’t get old by accident. Had one on video once where her chest hit the ground when the arrow got close
The quietness of your blind is gonna be a big plus too
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Old 02-05-2021, 06:28 PM   #33
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yeah, she had no clue as to what had happened, but she chose to go away instead of returning.....so, better luck next time!

I've really been impressed with everything we've done. The insulation has made all the difference in the world. I did stretch out in the floor one morning just to see if I could..... LOL, I had over a foot at my head and feet! May have to pull an allnighter in it next year. LOL
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Old 02-05-2021, 08:09 PM   #34
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That’s awesome! What a great idea.


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Old 02-05-2021, 08:26 PM   #35
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Nice. Nothing like a nap to rejuvenate an old man, referring to me. During pig season, I might get a driveway monitor and install it on a pile of corn and when the pigs come in “ding ding “ the old man is RTG


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Old 02-12-2021, 08:43 AM   #36
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Slick blind!
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:05 AM   #37
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That is very cool! Love it! I like the fact that you put it on skids and can relocate as needed.
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:07 AM   #38
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:20 AM   #39
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Thanks for the comments guys! I really enjoyed building it with the help of my brother-n-law (Windwalker). It's a heavy son-of-a-gun for sure!
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Old 02-28-2021, 03:18 PM   #40
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I was going to build one as well and when I do I will put a swiveling chair in the middle as to be able to rotate to multiple windows.
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:06 AM   #41
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I was going to build one as well and when I do I will put a swiveling chair in the middle as to be able to rotate to multiple windows.
If you make it out of an 8' wheel like mine, you're gonna need a pretty good swing arm on that swivel. LOL But it'll definately work. I just wanted plenty of room for two folks to be able to hunt comfy w/o having to be scrunched up against one another.
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:55 AM   #42
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That’ll work!
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