Deer hunting is typically a solitary sport. Camaraderie is shared in camp. However, it is sometimes nice to have a buddy along with you during the hunt or you may want to have room in your blind for your son or daughter to join you. Another reason for a two-man blind is to have room for someone to video the hunt; an activity that is becoming more and more common. And if you are going to build a deer blind, why not make it suitable for two people? If nothing else, you have extra room to stretch out if you are out by yourself.
Things You'll Need
- 20 8-foot long 2x4's
- 8 sheets of half-inch plywood
- 3-inch wood screws
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Power screwdriver
- Tape measure
Lay two 8-foot-long 2-by-4s on their edges, parallel to each other. Cut six 45-inch-long pieces of 2-by-4 and screw them in between the 8-foot pieces on 16-inch centers, using 3-inch wood screws, to construct the floor frame. Screw a piece of 4-by-8 plywood over the frame to complete the floor.
Cut four 2-by-4s to 5 feet and four 2-by-4s to 6 feet to serve as the front and rear wall uprights. Screw the uprights to the front and rear of the floor frame (the 8-foot pieces) so that they are equally spaced with an upright at each corner. The 5-foot pieces should all be on one side and the 6-foot pieces on the other.
Secure the corner uprights by cutting four 2-by-4s to approximately 4-foot lengths with opposing 45-degree angles on the ends. Attach these angled pieces between the corner upright and the floor, as bracing.
Use a tape measure to measure the distance between the front and back uprights, at the top. Cut four pieces of 2-by-4 to suit and attach them with the wood screws to form the ceiling frame.
Sheath the walls of the blind with half-inch plywood. As you complete the sheathing on each wall, use a jig saw to cut out window and/or door openings. As this blind is for two hunters, each wall should have at least one window.
Use two pieces of half-inch plywood, 8 feet long and 2-1/2-feet wide to cover the roof. This will allow for overhang on the front and back to shed water. Caulk the seams where plywood pieces meet.
Tips & Warnings
- Shingles for the roof and siding can be added to help weatherproof the blind.
- Add batt insulation and interior plywood pieces to help insulate the blind.
- Plexiglass windows can be easily added to the blind with simple hinges and eye hook locks.
- Practice the manufacturer's recommended safety procedures when working with power tools.
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