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Old 04-05-2012, 01:11 PM   #101
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:01 PM   #102
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Think I have a new project to start on.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #103
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Those look great
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:38 PM   #104
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #105
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that stand will last you 20+ years
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:51 AM   #106
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Has anyone tried one of these in a high wind area? We are in the SE panhandle and the wind blows hard all the time. I really need one in my spot but I'm afraid my blind will be shredded.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #107
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Thanks for pics I will have to show my wife see if we can get materials together an make one
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:37 AM   #108
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Thanks for pics I will have to show my wife see if we can get materials together an make one
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #109
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This is on a 4' x 8' platform. Had a popup on it the year before. Worked really well.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #110
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These platforms work great, I have hunted out of many contraptions over the years but by far sitting in a elevated tent is the best.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:07 PM   #111
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I will be using Damon's idea this year as well!!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:44 PM   #112
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I have been using this design for 3 seasons now and I have yet to have a blind torn up from the wind. (and i have been setting in mine with some 30 mph winds with gusts in the 40's)

I use metal plumbers tape and screws to hold my popups to the platform. I use two 12" (I just cut a piece and guess at length) on each side. I put these on the flap of material at the bottom of the blind and put three screws in each strip of metal tape.

I then use some 550 chord to tie each side off to a tree or to the platform in some fashion.

Sure is nice to have that roof over your head when all the treestand and tripod guys are getting wet!!
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:58 PM   #113
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Like Damon I secured the blind to the platform. I had no issues with it moving during its five months of sitting. I used 4 pieces of cable clamped and secured around the eyes that are centered on each side of the double bull and then secured the other end to a turn buckle attached to an eye bolt through the frame of the platform.

Not the best pic but you can get an idea.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:38 PM   #114
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I got me the elevators and just gotta get started!
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #115
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Keep posting pics everyone. Those look great!
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:20 AM   #116
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Here mine just finished yesterday
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #117
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With these platforms do you put anything on the plywood floor to dampen noise? I'm planning on building a platform, and using plywood for the floor. I'm doing it on a budget and was wondering what's the cheapest way to pad the floor. I've looked at rubber mats and astro turf carpet.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:49 AM   #118
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Looks great man. I was thinking about doing the same thing or finding a big enough tree to build a platform into.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #119
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With these platforms do you put anything on the plywood floor to dampen noise? I'm planning on building a platform, and using plywood for the floor. I'm doing it on a budget and was wondering what's the cheapest way to pad the floor. I've looked at rubber mats and astro turf carpet.
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Lowes has 8x6 rolls of indoor/outdoor carpet for $20 in grey. Works great.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #120
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That's exactly what I'm getting ready to build. Looks good, nice job!
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #121
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Lowes has 8x6 rolls of indoor/outdoor carpet for $20 in grey. Works great.
Looks like I'm going to lowes
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:51 PM   #122
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Lowes has 8x6 rolls of indoor/outdoor carpet for $20 in grey. Works great.
Gracias. Cheapest option so far for sure
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:22 PM   #123
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I believe this is it. It was not in the carpet area of the store but rather around the lawn and garden area at the one I went to in marble falls.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #124
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I use a roll of weight room padding from academy..
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #125
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If you are going to go to that much trouble, why not go ahead a build the blind itself out of something more perminate that you can take apart and will hold your sent in better.

Not to mention not have to worry about the squirrels and other critters doing damage to your blind while you aren't there!
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #126
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If you are going to go to that much trouble, why not go ahead a build the blind itself out of something more perminate that you can take apart and will hold your sent in better.

Not to mention not have to worry about the squirrels and other critters doing damage to your blind while you aren't there!
I built my blind this way, because I hunt free land. And you never know when you may have to get off. Made it where I can semi easily move it by my self lol. I am a little worried about what the coons & squirrels will do to it ,but it a popup blind bought 3 yrs ago for $40. It is completely useless on ground because windows too low. Was last resort before I threw it out so for me it makes cents
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:03 PM   #127
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I once built a wooden blind that was 6' x 6' x6'. All three walls were completed and then taken into the field and with large wood screws, put it together.

It really wan't that hard to move ( two people) and to set up or take down.

Just a thaught.

I can see your point with the $40 blind and all.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:41 PM   #128
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I already have the popup. Never had a problem with critters. I dont leave it out year round. Now I'm just looking to get it off the ground to shoot over hog panel. This is a cheaper option than building an entire blind
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:59 PM   #129
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am going to do something like that soon
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:01 PM   #130
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see some good ideas
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:45 PM   #131
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I built this one today. It's 2.5' tall, cost about $30 in supplies, an took a couple of hours.

I have some indoor/outdoor carpet I'm going to put on it and I'm going to build a small 2'x2' platform with stairs to get in and out of the blind easily.

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I'll take some more pics once I put it in the woods next week. I'm excited to try it out.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #132
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I built this one today. It's 2.5' tall, cost about $30 in supplies, an took a couple of hours.

I have some indoor/outdoor carpet I'm going to put on it and I'm going to build a small 2'x2' platform with stairs to get in and out of the blind easily.

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I'll take some more pics once I put it in the woods next week. I'm excited to try it out.
Do you have any support under the plywood? Mine cost quite a bit more in materials just cuz I went with 3/4" two of and lots of support underneath. And all treated wood.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #133
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Do you have any support under the plywood? Mine cost quite a bit more in materials just cuz I went with 3/4" two of and lots of support underneath. And all treated wood.
Yes, I have 3 supporting 2x4's. It is actually quite sturdy. I was worried I may need to add some more supports, but I think I'll just leave it.

I went with the cheap materials since this is my first one. I was going to go for 4', then 3', but settled on 2.5'. I'm concerned with shorter shots and would rather err on the side of caution.

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1 - 4x8 OSB = $8
6 - 2x4x10 = $24.78
After tax = $33.44

I think I'm really going to like this set up I just need to figure out the right height. Once I do I may build a more heavy duty one.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:09 PM   #134
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Yeah mine is 3' and I think it's gonna be perfect. I'm still under the tops of the mesquite trees. But can shoot into my hog panel pen and can shoot over it to deer behind it. I spent some $$ on paint, 4x4's, lag bolts and carpet. I tend to carried away haha. But I built it to last (hopefully) also put outdoor carpet on mine. Yours looks good! Should serve its purpose for sure.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #135
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Down2hunt are you going to put something over that OSB? If not I hope you dont get much rain.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:51 PM   #136
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Yes, I have 3 supporting 2x4's. It is actually quite sturdy. I was worried I may need to add some more supports, but I think I'll just leave it.

I went with the cheap materials since this is my first one. I was going to go for 4', then 3', but settled on 2.5'. I'm concerned with shorter shots and would rather err on the side of caution.

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1 - 4x8 OSB = $8
6 - 2x4x10 = $24.78
After tax = $33.44

I think I'm really going to like this set up I just need to figure out the right height. Once I do I may build a more heavy duty one.
Screw it together or nail it? Does it squeak when you shift around on it?
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #137
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Down2hunt are you going to put something over that OSB? If not I hope you dont get much rain.
I am covering the osb with indoor/outdoor carpet. You will notice that only about an inch of the platform sticks out from the blind, so it shouldn't be exposed to too much water. Also, if you read above, I intentionally made this one cheap, because I'm not 100% sure on the height. When I make another one I plan to use treated lumber.

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Screw it together or nail it? Does it squeak when you shift around on it?
3" screws. No squeaking, it is very solid. I may add some insulation to the bottom of the osb just in case.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #138
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Like Damon I secured the blind to the platform. I had no issues with it moving during its five months of sitting. I used 4 pieces of cable clamped and secured around the eyes that are centered on each side of the double bull and then secured the other end to a turn buckle attached to an eye bolt through the frame of the platform.

Not the best pic but you can get an idea.
I noticed your brackets are not the Shadow Elevators commonly seen. Where did you get them? They look stronger than the Shadow Elevators. Thanks.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:41 AM   #139
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Yes, I have 3 supporting 2x4's. It is actually quite sturdy. I was worried I may need to add some more supports, but I think I'll just leave it.

I went with the cheap materials since this is my first one. I was going to go for 4', then 3', but settled on 2.5'. I'm concerned with shorter shots and would rather err on the side of caution.

Materials:

1 - 4x8 OSB = $8
6 - 2x4x10 = $24.78
After tax = $33.44

I think I'm really going to like this set up I just need to figure out the right height. Once I do I may build a more heavy duty one.
Put some primer and paint on that thing It will make it last much longer.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:56 AM   #140
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I noticed your brackets are not the Shadow Elevators commonly seen. Where did you get them? They look stronger than the Shadow Elevators. Thanks.
Rockin G, here is where I got them.

http://www.e-ztower.com/index.html
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:15 PM   #141
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Fixing to start on a platform for next season.
Now that this season has started does anyone have any new suggestions?
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:28 AM   #142
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I'm EXTREMELY happy with mine. I picked up a 6'x6' rubber exercise mat cheap and used it like carpet padding with carpet on top. It's quiet and comfy. I feel like I'm sitting in a hotel room overlooking my feeder.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:41 AM   #143
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #144
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I'd say to put insulation under the decking then cover it all with a piece of plywood. We have something similar to that and if you don't fill in the framing with something it will be covered with hornet/wasp nests. Even had black widow webs under it one time. It does help the noise too but you will still need some carpet to make it even more quite.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #145
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Nice work. Looks great
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:09 AM   #146
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thats a good idea! I keep waiting for a rattlesnake to come crawling under mine. I also hate having to peek under everthing before getting in it on those cool early mornings before they den up. Even then, i think the popup blind is one of the best hunting tools to come along in many years!
totally agree. To keep all bugs and spiders out i use mothballs. It works wonders. Yes i know you gotta smell mothballs but the scorpions, spiders, and everything else will leave. Deer seem unaffected by them.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:05 AM   #147
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Cool thread. Just bought me a popup...

Need some wood now
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:23 PM   #148
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I need to build one of these. It seems like no one is having issues with wind?
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:00 AM   #149
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:35 PM   #150
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This is my finished product. Love it!
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