Does anyone have prints for a elevated blind? I need to starting one for this season. I have never made one before. I have a idea of what I want, but need some help getting started. Thanks!
Prints or plans no.
I used "elevators" steel brackets I bought from BassPro. I love em. Used 12 foot 4x4 for legs, floor made 5 foot x 7 foot, with 2x6 PT joists. 3/4" ply floor. Used 2x4 on 16" centers for walls, and 3/8" AC plywood sheathing. Shed roof, with galv metal roofing.
My recommendation: Grab some large pieces of plywood or cardboard. Set a chair/stool in the driveway, back yard. garage whatever, and set the cardboard up to make false walls. Experiment with your planned floor size. I find that the usual 4x4 floor is too 'tight' for me, especially with cold weather gear. I built a two man blind and went 5x7, and am glad I did.
To erect: Place floor on ground upside down, install legs, and then flip upright. Lift walls into place and scre together on the floor. Blind is way too damned heavy to construct and lift once complete.
We made one and, as was said, it was way to heavy to move over uneven ground (we got it done but it wasn't pretty). I am thinking of trying to make a lighter version. My thought is to use 4x4's for the legs and make the platform (floor) out of treated lumber and then use PVC pipe for the rest of the frame with shed type siding for the sides and roof.
If you can't haul your materials to it with a vehicle, be ready for work. Mine is in the woods, foot access only.
No plans, just an idea. I built mine in place on 8' legs, 8X7 with a 7' ceiling. I have insulation, heat, steel door (no lock), steel roof, carpet and thermal pane windows. Stairway with handrail. I refuse to total up the number of hours I spend out there each year. If I knew, I'd probably stay home and buy beef.
I built a second one 6X7 on skids, in the yard, then towed it into the woods on a hill. No legs. still needed to use a PU to haul because of the weight.
I'm getting too old to be cold when I hunt. Plus the concealment is good. Move around, stretch, talk on the phone, none if it seems to bother the deer.
I wish I could afford to build a 20' tall blind. Would be so much nicer than the two-man ladder stands.