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#2132760 - 02/21/11 07:42 AM Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later.
radtexas Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 75
Loc: Tyler, TX
Well I have put some ideas in AutoCAD on a 4x6 blind. I would like some comments positive/negative alike to finalize my design. Once I get my final design done, I will post my design and email to whomever wants it. It might not fit everyone but it should be easily modified if someone wants to.

This layout is built in separate pieces for final assembly to be done at hunting location. But does not have to be done that way. Doing it this way requires a few more 2x2 furring but that is about it. The roof overhangs the door opening about 2 foot. Not much more in materials and 3 pieces wide of tin does not cover so mine as well use to maximize the materials.

If the stand gets elevated I plan to build a 2x4 (can be bigger) porch and ladder to required height that would attached separating and form a porch, depending on type of stand required. If ground blind then it just give a little more protection out of the weather when getting in/out the stand. A porch would make entering safer (in my opinion). Nothing like trying to open the door with object in hand. Plus since I will have my daughter hunting on occasion anything that will make hunting easier/safer the extra expense is not a factor. If I know it is going to be elevated from the beginning I might just make the floor framing in one piece.

The widows would be cut from the wall material and then smaller openings cut in the cut-out piece and covered with Lexan to allow you to hunt and leave the windows down on those cold windy days. They would hinge up to the inside so that you could build a shelf below and not interfere with the window operation.






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#2133232 - 02/21/11 11:36 AM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
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is this going to be a build at home and take to the lease or you making it to come apart to travel? one other question. on the 6 foot sides, are you running the plywood horizonal or vertical? just wondering about a backer where the seams meet.


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#2133274 - 02/21/11 12:02 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: pafree]
radtexas Offline
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Originally Posted By: pafree
is this going to be a build at home and take to the lease or you making it to come apart to travel? one other question. on the 6 foot sides, are you running the plywood horizontal or vertical? just wondering about a backer where the seams meet.


Build at home in shop. Tear apart, then reassemble at lease.

Plywood on 6 foot side will be horizontal. Seam would be at bottom of window. reason for the extra 2x2 furring beside the widows to tie the seams together.



Edited by radtexas (02/21/11 12:02 PM)

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#2133627 - 02/21/11 03:00 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
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Just a thought but I would add braces to the roof and slope the roof the other way, i prefer the roof slating forward instead of back so you don't have to worry about door clearance.


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#2133631 - 02/21/11 03:02 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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More I look at it looks like its side entry with extend roof on that side??

Personally like the door in the back, not a huge fan of big windows in the back either, unless you can put up curtains, to keep you from getting skylighted


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#2133636 - 02/21/11 03:04 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
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I usually prefer wider windows so I don't have blind spots in the corners. I feel like every time I lean over to see around the corner, I could get busted.

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#2133720 - 02/21/11 03:40 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
pafree Offline
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Originally Posted By: radtexas

Plus since I will have my daughter hunting on occasion anything that will make hunting easier/safer the extra expense is not a factor.


just a ideal. in the blind i am working on and from experience. on the long sides, if you split the longer windows. that would give a window and shooting spot for you and another one for your daughter. that is unless you or your daughter is left handed. it will keep yall from having to shift around in the blind to get the shot or lean to look out the window.


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#2133906 - 02/21/11 04:41 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: MELackey]
radtexas Offline
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Loc: Tyler, TX
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
More I look at it looks like its side entry with extend roof on that side??

Personally like the door in the back, not a huge fan of big windows in the back either, unless you can put up curtains, to keep you from getting skylighted


Yes it is side entry. It is kind of hard to tell in 3D views after I look at it. A back door could be done and keep a small 2x4 porch just the same? But I might not have head room for roof extention. Reason I went side was to be easier to extend the roof and it not be to low for the porch area sloping back. I definitely don't want to hit the tin if it ends up a ground stand. Also I would put a curtain in back or possible leave out the Lexan and only open to let in cross breeze on hotter days.

Originally Posted By: MELackey
I usually prefer wider windows so I don't have blind spots in the corners. I feel like every time I lean over to see around the corner, I could get busted.



Good point. Probably would be better to split the windows like pafree suggested. And would allow me to strengthen the center section making it stronger.

Originally Posted By: pafree
Originally Posted By: radtexas

Plus since I will have my daughter hunting on occasion anything that will make hunting easier/safer the extra expense is not a factor.


just a ideal. in the blind i am working on and from experience. on the long sides, if you split the longer windows. that would give a window and shooting spot for you and another one for your daughter. that is unless you or your daughter is left handed. it will keep yall from having to shift around in the blind to get the shot or lean to look out the window.


Good point and noted.


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#2133924 - 02/21/11 04:45 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
radtexas Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 75
Loc: Tyler, TX
These are reasons why I posted for critique. I drew this up in a couple hours and easy to change and modify from this point. A lot harder when built. As a mech. designer I listen to engineers all day so not going to hurt my feelings a bit. smile


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#2133961 - 02/21/11 04:55 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
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I'd put a little more support under the floor, especially if its going to be off the ground very high. Would also use pressure treated material on the bottom if its going to be on the ground. That and split the windows would be my only changes.

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#2134162 - 02/21/11 06:23 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: caddokiller]
Longhorn95 Offline
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Cup holders! Shelf over the windows?

Sorry, don't have anything else to add that has not already been said at present.

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#2134236 - 02/21/11 06:44 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: Longhorn95]
caddokiller Offline
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After looking at it again I might also add a brace under the windows on the 6foot side to keep the window frame from sagging over time. Then again I always overbuild everything

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#2134438 - 02/21/11 08:01 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: caddokiller]
radtexas Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 75
Loc: Tyler, TX
Originally Posted By: caddokiller
After looking at it again I might also add a brace under the windows on the 6foot side to keep the window frame from sagging over time. Then again I always overbuild everything


After I split the windows I will most likely run a 2x2 vertical top to bottom in the center. and move the windows closer to the sides. May have some time tomorrow to do a little revising to the 3D model.

I will add that I don't have all bracing shown. I figured I would add some corner braces and other misc. braces after I get the main idea down. Plus when I start building I will be able to see if things are weak as I go.


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#2134604 - 02/21/11 08:46 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: radtexas]
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#2134759 - 02/21/11 09:18 PM Re: Please critic my 4x6 deer blind layout. Plans will follow later. [Re: caddokiller]
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I always build mine with windows hinged at the top. When you open them, just have them open enough to see what you need to see. With that, they should be at a downward angle. When looking up from the ground, the shutter behind you being partially closed will keep you from being backlit.

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