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#6340690 - 06/19/16 03:31 PM Advice on building a box blind???
TurkeyWhisperer Offline
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Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 801
Loc: Aledo, Tx
I've sat in a ton of box blinds through the years, but never built one. My son and I are wanting to build one as father/son project. Wanted to get some advice, tips, things not to do, etc. Here is what we are looking to build:

1. 2-man wooden box blind
2. 3-4 foot off the ground
3. Light enough to transport hopefully

Thank in advance!
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#6340694 - 06/19/16 03:34 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 08/12/11
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My one bit of advice... Always build it bigger then you think you want.
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#6340717 - 06/19/16 03:56 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 11/25/10
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What kind of advice do you want. Figure out what size you want it to be and build it.

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#6340727 - 06/19/16 04:02 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Read some of the "build-a-longs" on this link. http://tnttt.com/viewforum.php?f=55&sid=e3d2f284f545152d71c3ccc2d9bb436c
This link is a truck camper build, most of the basics are included in this thread. http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=64361

These guys build small travel trailers using building foam, canvas, Titebond, Gorilla glue and paint. The structures are strong enough to take highway travel and last outdoors. I have never seen a deer blind made this way, but in my opinion it can be done and it will last as long or maybe longer than plywood. It will be light enough that 3 or 4 people should be able to move it.

If you are on Facebook, do a search for a poster that uses "Rowerwet" as his screen name. He builds kayaks using the same process. https://www.facebook.com/Rowerwet/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1112141905468256

Back to the blind, the one I had when my son was growing up was 4x6 with 7' on the front wall and 6' on the back wall. I welded up a stand that was 6' high, using square tubing and angle iron, with angled legs it was pretty sturdy and fit in the bed of the pickup. Took 2 trips to haul it, one for the box and one for the stand. Don't forget to make a ladder, one that you can remove, to restrict access.
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#6340815 - 06/19/16 05:41 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
ELKMTB Offline
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Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 118
Loc: DFW
make the sides out of hardi board. Will last forever.

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#6340833 - 06/19/16 05:54 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 08/15/13
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I built a 4x6. treated lumber and hardiboard. it is a little heavy but easy to work with and has weather well 3 years in.
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#6340848 - 06/19/16 06:12 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Get good Windows and seal up good.

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#6340849 - 06/19/16 06:12 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: Stratgolfer]
WNPHNTR Offline
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Registered: 03/24/13
Posts: 269
Make it at home so you know you have everything and is how you want it, then take it out to your place either in sections or intact if possible. It's a pain being out away from supplies and needing something.

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#6340867 - 06/19/16 06:28 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 990
Loc: Denton County
I made mine at home. First I set up chair, Bach pack, heater, whatever else I thought I might have on concrete and made marks. Decided the size.
Construct a platform (base), made walls in sections. Sat in chair I would use with rifle to get comfortable height to bottom of window height of window 12" higher, width of widow about 24". Flip up, flip down, slider your choice.
Door at least 24" wide.
Wall height, I'm 6'. Low wall 6'-4" high wall 7', slope towards door.
Made mine with 2x2 and 1/2" exterior plywood. Painted inside and out hunter green, at least 2 coats good exterior paint. Roof 3/4" plywood with roll roofing with metal drip around the edges, also painted. Make sure not to use to long of roofing nails, you get poked in the head.

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#6342325 - 06/20/16 09:06 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 07/30/11
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Loc: GREAT STATE OF TEXAS
5x8 or your gonna regret it !

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#6342478 - 06/20/16 11:57 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 01/28/08
Posts: 801
Loc: Aledo, Tx
Thanks everyone!
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#6343907 - 06/22/16 11:16 AM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
onlysmith&wesson Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 215
Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
There's a lot of good advice posted. Build at home, 2" x 2"s, 1/2 plywood, etc.

Build your walls independent, so that you can take one wall at a time up on your elevated platform. Using 2" x 2"'s will also allow you to assemble the walls with a cordless screw gun and long deck screws. Just build your front and back walls with your 2 x 2's flush with the edge of your plywood, and your side walls framed with the end 2 x 2's set inside your plywood. This will allow your walls to fit together, assembled one at a time. I use a finish nailer and glue. I take it to my tower in six pieces: the floor deck, four walls and a roof on a 2 x 4 frame that is corner braced with metal screwed down. I can put this thing together alone in 30 minutes or less. I'm going on eight years and three locations with this set up. Send me a pm if you want pictures or any other advice.

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#6343915 - 06/22/16 11:23 AM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Registered: 07/10/14
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Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County


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#6343965 - 06/22/16 12:44 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
where did that camo siding come from?
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#6344001 - 06/22/16 01:21 PM Re: Advice on building a box blind??? [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
onlysmith&wesson Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 215
Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
Lowes. I just happened to see it sitting on a pallet outside, left over from deer season. It's 3/8" OSB with this weather proof film applied to one side. Those pic's are several years old. The weather has 0 effect on it and it sheds water. I didn't even know they made this stuff. It can be ordered, but they don't stock it any more. I paid like eight bucks per sheet, they couldn't get rid of it.

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