How to build a deer blind

This step by step diy project is about how to build a deer blind. If you want to build a learn more about building a basic deer blind, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the structure, even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking. Take a look over the rest of the projects, to see more alternatives and design ideas.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the deer blind. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.

 

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How to build a deer blind

Building a deer blind

Building a deer blind

 

Materials

  • A – 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 69″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long JOISTS
  • B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x72″ long, 1 piece – 24″x72″ long FLOOR
  • C – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 65″ long, 4 pieces – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 32 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 62″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 32 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • E – 4×4 lumber – 120″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 65″ long, 3 pieces – 65″ long, 2 pieces – 41 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 32 1/2″ long WALLS
  • G – 6 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 69″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long RAFTERS
  • H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 37″x73 1/2″ long ROOFING
  • I – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 19″x66″ long DOOR

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
  • Set the posts in concrete for proper support

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building a deer blind

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

 

The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to build the joists out of 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges with great care and place the regular joists equally-spaced.

 

Fitting the floor

Fitting the floor

 

After assembling the floor frame, we recommend you to attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets into place. Drill pilot holes through the plywood before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Alternatively drive in galvanized nails.

 

Building the side walls

Building the side walls

 

Continue the project by assembling the side walls for the deer blind. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the side walls

Fitting the side walls

 

After building the side walls, we recommend you to fit them to the floor of the deer blind. Align the edges with attention and use a spirit level to make sure they are perfectly plumb. Use temporary braces to lock the walls into place.

 

Building the front wall

Building the front wall

 

Build the front wall in the same manner described above. Make sure you frame the door in a professional manner, adjusting its width to suit your needs.

 

Building the back wall

Building the back wall

 

Build the back wall using the information shown in the diagram. Cut the components at the right size and lock them together using 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Assembling the frame

Assembling the frame

 

After building the walls, you need to install them into place. Therefore, lift the walls and lay them to the floor, as described in the diagram. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and use temporary braces to lock them together tightly. Leave no gaps between the components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the adjacent walls to add support to the construction.

 

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

 

Build the rafters out of 2×6 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the lumber and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

 

Attaching the rafters

Attaching the rafters

 

Place the rafters equally-spaced, using the information from the diagram. Drill pocket holes through the rim rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the regular rafters. Align everything with great care, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Building the side wall

Building the side wall

 

After assembling the frame of the shed, we recommend you to attach the 3/4″ plywood walls to the exterior of the structure. Make the necessary cuts to the sheets and secure them to the frame using galvanized nails.

 

Fitting the front walls

Fitting the front walls

 

Continue the project by fitting the sheets to the front wall. Align everything with attention before securing the sheet to the frame.

 

Fitting the back wall

Fitting the back wall

 

Attach the plywood sheets to the back wall of the deer blind.

 

Fitting the roofing sheets

Fitting the roofing sheets

 

Fit 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the deer blind, in order  seal the structure. Align the components with great care and lock the components into place using galvanized screws. Leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

 

One of the last steps of the project is to build the door for the deer blind. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you have to use the piece of plywood that was cut out when installing the exterior walls. If you want to enhance the rigidity of the door, you could attach a 2×2 frame on the inside face of the door. Use appropriate hinges to lock the door into place, as well as a latch.

 

How to build a deer blind

How to build a deer blind

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor plans featured on our website.

 

 

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