Building a simple box to serve as a deer blind is a straightforward operation. However, you need to be able to see and shoot out of that box if you want to be successful hunting. Many hunters simply cut holes in the walls to serve as windows but this leaves you exposed to the elements and the blind is not sealed from bugs, animals and weather. Plexiglass windows can solve these problems. It can also be constructed for a quick, quiet opening when hunting.
Things You'll Need
- 1 8-foot 2-by-4 piece of wood
- Jig saw
- Miter saw
- Wood screws
Cut the opening in the wall for your window using a jigsaw. Place the opening so that it gives you a good view of your hunting area and at a height from which you can shoot comfortably.
Cut a 2-by-4 with a miter saw to create a frame for the window. Two of the pieces can match the dimension of the window (top and bottom or sides) but the other two need to be 7-inches longer to account for the opposing frame pieces and to so that the frame surrounds the opening. Screw the frame together at the corners using 3-inch wood screws.
Mount the frame to the inside of the blind wall, surrounding the window opening. Use 2-inch wood screws through from the outside of the blind, through the wall and into the frame to secure it. Caulk the frame to the wall from the inside to seal it.
Cut a piece of plexiglass that is slightly larger than the window opening. The plexiglass should overlap the frame by about 1/2-inch on each side.
Screw two hinges to the bottom side of the plexiglass and to the bottom piece of the frame. This allows the window to open downward and hang open by its own weight rather than having to be secured.
Hold the window closed and screw a small piece of wood to the top frame piece. Do not screw it completely tight. This piece will serve as a lock for the window when it is closed. Rotating the piece will allow you to open or to secure the window in place.
Tips & Warnings
- When screwing into plexiglass, it is best to drill small pilot holes first to avoid cracking the plexiglass. Use a self-adhesive weather strip between the plexiglass and frame to improve the seal.
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