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How to Build Box Deer Blindsby HomeRepairExpert.com
Using a box deer blind will help conceal your movements and noise while deer hunting. A box deer blind also helps shield you from the weather. Building one is relatively simple and reasonably inexpensive. Of course, some box deer blinds can become rather elaborate, but a few basic construction steps are required for a simple, yet comfortable, blind.
Things You'll Need
- 2-by-4 lLumber
- 4-by-8-by-1/2-inch plywood
- Screw gun
- Miter saw
- Circular saw
- Tape measure
Step 1Cut six 2-by-4s to a length of 45 inches using the circular saw. Lay an 8-foot 2-by-4 on its side and secure the cut pieces perpendicular to the 8-foot piece, using screws, starting at one end and on 16-inch centers. Secure another 8-foot 2-by-4 to the end of these pieces. This completes the floor frame. Screw a 4-by-8 piece of 1/2-inch plywood over the frame. The floor is now complete.
Step 2Cut four 2-by-4s to a length of 5 feet and four more to a length of 6 feet. Secure the 5-foot lengths to the front of the blind by screwing one end to the 8-foot 2-by-4 that makes up the front of the floor. Space these to accommodate desired window openings between them. Use a level to ensure that they are straight. Repeat on the back of the blind with the 6-foot pieces. Use an 8-foot 2-by-4 across the top of each of these assemblies to strengthen the wall.
Step 3Cut 2-foot-long pieces of 2-by-4 with opposing 45-degree angles on each end with the miter saw. Use these as braces between the wall and floor by securing them with screws.
Step 4Screw a 4-by-8 piece of plywood across the front and rear walls to serve as the roof. The angle created by the difference in wall height will help shed rain and snow.
Step 5Cut pieces of plywood and screw them to the wall frame to enclose the blind. Use a tape measure to determine the sizes needed. You must use more than one sheet of plywood for the front and back walls.
Step 6Cut out window and door openings in the plywood with the circular saw. Bear in mind the seat you will be using to determine the window heights.
Tips and Warnings
- To help the blind last longer, shingle the roof and apply siding to the exterior.
- Adding insulation will help keep you warm. You can staple batt insulation to the plywood and cover it with more plywood on the interior of the blind.
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