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#5586792 - 02/06/15 04:12 PM Question on DIY blinds
brucet Offline
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Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 517
Loc: Richardson Tx
If you have built a blind, about what was the cost, materials and labor, vs buying a prebuilt blind?
I may be getting on a lease soon and would rather have a blind than a tree stand, for many reason, blocking wind is the biggest
Just trying to get an idea of the cost to build a blind myself, or just buy one prebuilt

Thanks in advance

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#5586800 - 02/06/15 04:21 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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I built 3 - 4'x6'x7'tall blinds for under $1100. Included-treated lumber(3/4" plywood floors with 2x4 and 2x6 bracing used on all the walls and floors), hardiboard siding, corrugated metal roof, made my own windows(acrylic panels), 2 office chairs in each, caulk, flashing window drip edges and paint(inside and out). I had enough leftover pieces of lumber and plywood to frame part of another 4'x4' box blind later. These were ground blinds that I built. I later put them up on towers. It took me less than 3 days to build and paint them all. They are well built and very heavy.
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#5586804 - 02/06/15 04:23 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Registered: 03/13/14
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Loc: Dallas, TX
for a wooden blind, expect to pay at least $1,000 in materials (depending on what you choose to do) and then add in your labor.

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#5586808 - 02/06/15 04:28 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 1558
Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
I over-designed one a while back that was a 4x8x7'tall, 2 person blind. It was up on 4' long 4x4 posts and I think my build list for lumber alone was around $350. One like the one I designed up could have been built cheaper, but I tend to over-build and used a lot of bracing and supports for the floors, walls, and ceiling.

I decided to go a different route and use an extra blind my dad has, so I never built it.

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#5586984 - 02/06/15 06:28 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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I built an 8'x8'x6.5' tall, not counting the metal stand I built, I have about $500 in it including 3 Deerview windows. Door is in the floor, so that was just some hinges. Standard 2"x4" construction, wood, felt and tin roof.
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#5587066 - 02/06/15 07:16 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: Western]
cva34 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/14
Posts: 60
Loc: Matagorda County
I built lots over years ..I know its time I start watching New home construction ,,Talk to them and get free scraps cutoffs out of there haul off pile (just don't make mess)..I seldom spend 100 bucks ..The legs and tower are something else though..The other thing I do is ...Build it on site.. with all the battery powered tools its a piece of cake...That way you can hall lumber in truck build on site don't need trailer etc.

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#5587274 - 02/06/15 09:50 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Registered: 09/04/11
Posts: 106
Loc: Central Texas
I built a 5' x 7' x 5'10" hexagon shaped blind on 4' legs this past October. I had salvaged a bunch of 3/8" and 5/8" exterior plywood so I didn't have to buy any sheet-goods, just lumber for framing, screws and nails, hinges etc... Plus paint. I was afraid to add it all up so In Case wife asked I could truthfully say oh, I'm not sure! I know it was over $250. A local roofer gave me a partial roll of rolled roofing
My design was pretty wasteful on plywood, but I got it free just for disassembling some storage Units at work. So, bottom line, if I had had to purchase those 9 sheets of plywood, I'd been out another $300 or so. But, dang it's nice, and it's built just like I wanted it. Honestly, I think if I'd had to buy everything, the bill would have been between $600 and $700.
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#5587544 - 02/07/15 07:41 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
swmays Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 5766
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
I built two. They came in at just under $60,000. My materials were the scraps from a complete home redo.

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#5587546 - 02/07/15 07:42 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: swmays]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: swmays
I built two. They came in at just under $60,000. My materials were the scraps from a complete home redo.


Next time, I will build you 2 for just 20k! grin
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#5587552 - 02/07/15 07:47 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Registered: 08/26/08
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i built a sq tube metal frame on 4x8 6.5 ft on 34 in legs on a skid last year got about 700 in it.

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#5587721 - 02/07/15 09:29 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: swmays
I built two. They came in at just under $60,000. My materials were the scraps from a complete home redo.


Next time, I will build you 2 for just 20k! grin


Next time, I'll call you. Not sure who's happier, her with the redo or me with the blinds...

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#5587779 - 02/07/15 10:16 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: swmays]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: swmays
Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: swmays
I built two. They came in at just under $60,000. My materials were the scraps from a complete home redo.


Next time, I will build you 2 for just 20k! grin


Next time, I'll call you. Not sure who's happier, her with the redo or me with the blinds...


I'll do the blinds, you do the remodel since now you have experience!

I'd bet you're happier, she will want another one in about 5 years..............
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#5587853 - 02/07/15 11:08 AM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: brucet]
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Some of these seem a bit expensive. Without doing the figures, I would say a good wooden 4x6 blind would cost about $350 in material.
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#5587941 - 02/07/15 12:34 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: txshntr]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Some of these seem a bit expensive. Without doing the figures, I would say a good wooden 4x6 blind would cost about $350 in material.


Maybe it has a bit to do with "measure twice, cut 3x's"?

$350 is a bunch of wood, so I bet you're right, I used some components I had, but still figured what it would have cost if I bought everything since I did at one time.
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#5587966 - 02/07/15 12:51 PM Re: Question on DIY blinds [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Originally Posted By: txshntr
Some of these seem a bit expensive. Without doing the figures, I would say a good wooden 4x6 blind would cost about $350 in material.


Maybe it has a bit to do with "measure twice, cut 3x's"?

$350 is a bunch of wood, so I bet you're right, I used some components I had, but still figured what it would have cost if I bought everything since I did at one time.


If you built more than one at a time, should be able to reduce the cost by utilizing the waste better.
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