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#6218124 - 03/10/16 04:11 PM 2x2 or 2x4
Bear Charge Offline
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Registered: 05/20/11
Posts: 2509
Loc: TX
What do you use to frame your blinds?
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#6218155 - 03/10/16 04:26 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
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Registered: 05/19/11
Posts: 1815
Loc: DFW
I have built them using 2x2's and 2x4's. Only difference I ever noticed was one was heavier than the other.

#6218163 - 03/10/16 04:29 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
30378 Online   content

Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 2815
Loc: Deer Park, Tx.
I do everything with treated 2X2s. When ya get the plywood on it things become solid as a rock. No need for 2x4s.
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#6218164 - 03/10/16 04:29 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
rickym Online   content
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Depends on how big it is, where I'm putting it, and how high I plan on lifting the walls
Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
Any ideas how to make it hard?

#6218211 - 03/10/16 04:52 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
StretchR Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I've used mostly 2x2 for wall and roof framing. Half the weight of a 2x4 and plenty of strength once there is a skin on it.

#6218424 - 03/10/16 07:01 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
Dalee7892 Online   content

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 735
Loc: Denton County
Not building a house, 2x2. Less weight, sections easier to handle. Built 10' stand and lifted the panels up and erected by my self, 2x2 frame with 1/2" plywood skin (4x8).

#6218441 - 03/10/16 07:08 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Treat 2x4's on the walls/roof and treated 2x6's on the floors. Weight is not the issue for me since I use Hardi-board on my blinds anyway.

#6219153 - 03/11/16 08:56 AM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1329
Loc: Allen, Tx
I used 2x4 on mine and 2x6 for the base. Very heavy. I like it but cheaper and lighter to use the 2x2.

#6226765 - 03/17/16 11:46 AM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
Texmel Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 326
Loc: Melissa, TX
2x4 for the frame mounted on 2x8x12 runner so that I can relocate the ground blind with my Ranger. All framing and runners are pressure treated. All blinds are 4'x6' with one 4'x 10" window and two 2'x10" on the side.

#6226802 - 03/17/16 12:23 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
StretchR Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I already posted that I use 2'x2", but the real question should probably be what framing size for an elevated blind or a ground blind? I build for elevating, so the weight matters. If you are building a ground blind, the strength of a heavier frame would matter if you'll be dragging the blind around, like Texmel.

#6226846 - 03/17/16 01:03 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
Hunter Daddy Offline

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 85
I will build a 4' x 6' blind which will be 6' tall. It will be on an 8' tower. I will use wood siding and the four corners in the blind will have 2x4's running up. The rest of the frame will be 2x2's, even the door frame. This will be light enough for 3 people to stand this deer blind up. I will lay it down in the bed of my truck and bolt the bottom of the blind to the metal stand. I will then wrap a big rope around the blind and have one guy on the ground to pull it at the same time having two guys in the back of the truck, picking it up to raise it up carefully. Very easily done!

#6243783 - 04/01/16 12:21 AM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
Mathp Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 439
Loc: Coppell Breckenridge, TX
I used 2x2's with 1/2" Marine grade plywood from corporate signs. It was still too heavy! What matters is the strength of the walls plus the frame determines what you can get away with. The roof also. I had a galvanized roof made for my 4x4 and it holds it together too. I just used a 1/2" marine grade plywood for the floor with 3/4" horse stall mat on top. I thought I could get away with it because the tower has 2 cross beams to support it. And these Marine grade corporate signs are very solid.

#6244172 - 04/01/16 10:06 AM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
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I used 2x4 for the main frame and 2x2 for cross braces. Mine's 4x6x6 and heavy as hell. Only reservations I had about using 2x2 for the whole thing was splitting at the ends, fine on the cross braces but I figure it could ruin the structure if it happened on the main frame.
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#6244181 - 04/01/16 10:11 AM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
StretchR Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)
I reduced my worry about splitting by pre-drilling the few screws that HAD to be near the end of a 2x2. It was pretty easy to keep a second 18-volt cordless drill around with a bit the right size and taped off for the correct depth.

#6244406 - 04/01/16 12:53 PM Re: 2x2 or 2x4 [Re: Bear Charge]
bbqfan5909 Offline

Registered: 07/22/09
Posts: 788
I use 2x3's for framing and 2x6 for base.

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