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#2298284 - 05/08/11 10:29 PM Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up)
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
I know I've missed some steps, but hopefully this will at least help a few guys with their own builds.
If you have question, post them in the build posts and I'll try to answer them.

I already posted some plexiglass window pics, but I'll add a few of the process here.

A few other things I do:
I paint the inside above the windows to give it a little bit of a blackout affect. It makes it tougher for the deer to see you in the blind.
Add carpet on the bottom edges of each window "after" the edges have been painted good.
I paint a primer coat and a couple of good exterior latex coats.
I caulk everything I can find after the primer coat...caulk is cheap. a couple of tubes makes a huge difference.
After everything is done and I move the stand out of my shop, I put tin on the roof.

That's basically it! I hope this helps some of you with your future projects!

Eric
Click here for start of project and pictures

Click here for details on hindges

Plexiglass Interior Windows












Edited by jeh7mmmag (05/09/11 11:51 AM)

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#2298297 - 05/08/11 10:33 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: texasspazzman]
BMD Offline
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Registered: 06/21/07
Posts: 40539
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Nice

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#2298376 - 05/08/11 11:01 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: BMD]
Chuck McDonald Offline
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 4360
Loc: Tyler, Tx
I don't know what to drool over the blind or the shop you have to work in.


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#2300346 - 05/09/11 08:36 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: Chuck McDonald]
JonnyRay Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 641
Loc: Denton Tx
Man you rock. that thing should last forever


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#2301485 - 05/10/11 10:32 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: JonnyRay]
quail2 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/02/06
Posts: 179
You might have already said but would you sell one of these blinds they are awesome!


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#2301496 - 05/10/11 10:36 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: quail2]
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
Originally Posted By: quail2
You might have already said but would you sell one of these blinds they are awesome!

Yes, I sell them. Shoot me a PM.


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#2303705 - 05/11/11 09:25 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: texasspazzman]
txjuggernaut Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 124
Loc: Texas
This is one of the most helpful posts. The pictures are great. You mentioned the fact you painted the inside of the blind to give a blackout effect. I have a blind I built and I painted the interior OD green.... I have been thinking though, how to reduce the silloutte when the windows are open that I'll give that the deer can see. I came up with two options, what do you think?
1) I have wooden, flip open windows, not plexi or glass. I am thinking to paint the flip up windows on the exterior a light color (hay/grass colored) and PAINT A HUMAN silloute in each window. When the doors are actually OPEN the deer think less about it. Painting the windows on the outside light colored would contrast to the rest of the blind's OD green. I'm trying to simulate the windows always being open. Maybe adding the human sillouette is overkill or crazy, but I figure if it sits out there all year they will get used to it.
2) forget about painting the windows, just open them up during the hunt and use camo netting to hide me. (simplest solution).

Thoughts, comments or ideas anyone?



Edited by txjuggernaut (05/11/11 09:26 AM)

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#2303941 - 05/11/11 11:01 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: txjuggernaut]
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
I do both...

When I paint my blinds, I always paint a dark area over the closed windows that gives the appearance of a hunter in the blind. I'm not sure that it helps, but it gives me confidence to think it does. I know when I stand back at 100+ yards, it looks to me like there's someone in there.

I also use camo netting to help hide movement.

I paint the inside black. From the deer's perspective, the inside of any blind is basically a dark shaded area. Black is the way to go. That's what the pop up blind manufacturers are going to also. I paint only from the window up, because with any elevation thats all they see. You can get 3 cans of the cheapest flat black paint you can find and do that easy.

I did something else to my blinds that helps. I've moved the side windows slightly forward. The 24" side windows are only 8" from the front and 16" from the back. That gives you some room in the back portion of the stand to sort of hide in the shadows. I also have only one small 16" window in the back. I seldom use it, but I like having the ability to "take a peek" behind me every once in a while.

Hope that helps!



Edited by texasspazzman (05/11/11 11:02 AM)

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#2309112 - 05/13/11 04:19 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: texasspazzman]
murph Offline
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Registered: 09/13/10
Posts: 852
Loc: Bellville,Texas
What a great series texasspazzman! I have used the same basic concept but your ideas go the extra mile I have been looking for.

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#2338545 - 05/28/11 09:02 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: murph]
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Registered: 01/10/07
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Loc: Waco, Texas
Good looking blind! I had the same type hinges on my windows, but after three panels got broken, I decided replace with a nut/bolt attachment instead of the rivets. Lot easier to replace, when/if one breaks again.

We had a tornado hit our lease few years back, my blind was moved 30 yards from its original spot....but still intact!

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#2355143 - 06/06/11 05:41 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: jdickey]
WolfCreekTaxidermy-OK Offline
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Registered: 03/28/05
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Loc: NW Oklahoma
Looks great. Not sure if you mentioned this in another post, but how much is this costing you in materials on average?

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#2400080 - 06/30/11 10:40 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: WolfCreekTaxidermy-OK]
t/c hunter Offline
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Registered: 10/09/10
Posts: 16
THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO....


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#2464182 - 07/29/11 01:56 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: WolfCreekTaxidermy-OK]
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
Basic build with no legs and no plexi windows...material cost for me is about:
4x4 = $200
4x6 = $250
4x8 = $325
Keep in mind, that's just basic materials. That's assuming you have all the tools, nails, screws, glue, etc.
If you detailed out all that other stuff if would add up to more.
I charge about $25/hour for my labor on em, so final cost is usually about $400-500 for 4x4 / $600-700 for a 4x6 / $800-900 for 4x8 / other sizes are figured individually.
Usually folks want legs, plexiglass windows, and other "stuff" added too, so the final cost can be a lot higher.


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#2464221 - 07/29/11 02:15 PM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: texasspazzman]
scot Offline
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Registered: 01/17/08
Posts: 8256
Loc: Weatherford
One question on the outside window coverings, how exactly do you attach your hinges? Just to the plywood? With the overhang that you do can you reach all the way to the 2x2?


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#2475744 - 08/03/11 07:14 AM Re: Great Blind Design - part 7 (wrap up) [Re: scot]
texasspazzman Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 762
Loc: Freestone county, Texas
Yes, you can hit the 2x2 with the screws, but just barely. I usually drop it down just a hair. I screw the hinge flush to the outside of the stand, and to the inside of the window. It leaves like a 1/16" space across the top, but I've never had issues with that. I simply grind off the points sticking out on the hinge screws, where they come thru the window piece.
Haven't come up with a better design...yet.


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