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Mac's DIY Blind Build #7680568 12/05/19 04:16 PM
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I finally decided to plan and build my own elevated deer blind this season. After piling on the hours looking over other blind builds, researching windows and materials, the work finally began. This is my first season having my own deer lease and what I inherited on the portion where I hunt was nothing more than an outhouse that I could not get in. I'm 6'4" and most of my hunting pals are my size or bigger so I took all this into consideration. I decided to start the layout in my garage with full intention of delivering to the lease and building on-site.

I decided to go with an elevated platform utilizing brackets from Elevators LLC (www.elevatorsllc.com). I also chose to go with windows and the door from The Original Deer Blind Windows Co (https://www.mcssl.com/store/theoriginaldeerblindwindowco). The wood all came from McCoys here in the Austin area with exception of the 2x3 studs I used for framing the walls.

There are definitely things I could have done better (like the stairs and perhaps fewer windows) but overall I'm happy with it. It's a blind I intend to hunt for years ahead and I wanted to make it comfortable enough for two big guys, my family, etc. The blind is 6x8 with 6'6" minimum clearance inside. I have two different shots out of this blind, one to the north and one to the south. At some point I will probably remove the side windows but for now they are staying. I need to figure out a way to cover those windows to darken the interior a bit.

I'll post progress pics here for you and answer any questions you may have and please feel free to make suggestions or comments! Thank you.

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Re: Mac's DIY Blind Build [Re: maktastik] #7680585 12/05/19 04:28 PM
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Re: Mac's DIY Blind Build [Re: maktastik] #7680588 12/05/19 04:30 PM
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Re: Mac's DIY Blind Build [Re: maktastik] #7680590 12/05/19 04:31 PM
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Re: Mac's DIY Blind Build [Re: maktastik] #7680598 12/05/19 04:41 PM
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Excellent blind nice job


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up looks hell for stout ... lots a little details added


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You did a great job. I can't do half as good. up


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looks great. Get some heavy duty black trash bags to cover up the windows you do not want for now.

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don’t get rid of any windows make some screens and use sun block screen material will be plenty dark and you can use those windows for ventilation plus keep the bugs out when the stand is occupied

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I've made a few. You did a great job on that. Enjoy!!

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Looks great. I'd hate to know the total cost bolt

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Your work looks very good. Very nice looking blind. Good job

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Looks great! The interior is especially nice. May need a cleaning service every quarter or so.

I prefer the shelf to be 8-10" below the window so I can place things on it and move them around without showing movement to the outside. For my rear windows, I stapled up some window screens, folded over on themselves that just hang in place. I can still open the windows (mine slide up) if I need the ventilation.

Great looking stand, hopefully you don't have to move it for a long time!


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Outstanding job! I have a similar plan on my computer I've been working on. Did you keep a running total of cost or at least a ballpark?

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Very nice.
I always use carpet on inside walls below windows.
Holds a little heat and cuts down on noise if you bump wall.
I also do floor for same reason but floor is separate piece that I can take out and beat the dirt out of it.


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That's a very nice blind. You did good sir. I just sent you a PM.

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Great looking blind.


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Very nice and looks cozy up


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Originally Posted by E.TX.JMart
Looks great. I'd hate to know the total cost bolt


Surprisingly not as much as it would have been to buy a pre-manufactured blind with those dimensions with the stand and stairs! But it was up there! texas

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Originally Posted by Scott W
Looks great! The interior is especially nice. May need a cleaning service every quarter or so.

I prefer the shelf to be 8-10" below the window so I can place things on it and move them around without showing movement to the outside. For my rear windows, I stapled up some window screens, folded over on themselves that just hang in place. I can still open the windows (mine slide up) if I need the ventilation.

Great looking stand, hopefully you don't have to move it for a long time!


Thanks for the comments. The main shelves in the pics are primarily for shooting rests. I still need to accessorize the blind with some smaller shelves in the corners, up high and to the sides of the entryway. These will carry the intent of holding all the crap that accumulates in our blinds!! When I'm all done I will post more pics. Cheers. texas

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Originally Posted by KK30RAR
don’t get rid of any windows make some screens and use sun block screen material will be plenty dark and you can use those windows for ventilation plus keep the bugs out when the stand is occupied


Thank you for the idea. Do you have any pics you could share? I'm trying to follow. I think you are suggesting getting some window screen material to cover the window openings when I have the windows folded up inside the blind?

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Originally Posted by Vern1
Very nice.
I always use carpet on inside walls below windows.
Holds a little heat and cuts down on noise if you bump wall.
I also do floor for same reason but floor is separate piece that I can take out and beat the dirt out of it.



Thanks. I put laminate flooring pad behind the carpet on the walls to add some sound attenuation. My floor is rubber gym flooring from Home Depot that is easily removed and replaced when dirty or destroyed! But it is super quiet rolling chairs on it! texas

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Originally Posted by noose
Outstanding job! I have a similar plan on my computer I've been working on. Did you keep a running total of cost or at least a ballpark?


I know 'the boss' kept a rolling tally of it but I don't know off the top of my head but it's near $3k but all in it's still cheaper than a pre-made blind with these dimensions. It's certainly cheaper than this: 6x8 Insulated Premium Blind. I know there are pre-made blinds out there with roughly the same dimensions but going back to my original post, I'm 6'4" and I'm the smallest of my hunting buddies! So I wanted comfort (two guys in two chairs in here is perfect but I can fit my kids and I in here with no problem), insulation (boss likes it warm), plenty of height clearance and wanted it off the ground about 4'. Taking all this into consideration I decided to build rather than buy. There's a pride factor in it also!! But know this, the next blind I WILL BUY!!! texas

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