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I recently committed to building the kids an elevated playhouse along the creek behind the house. It's built up to the 8'x8' platform now, but the next step is the superstructure framing.As this is located within 15 yards of my current 2 man stand a

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  • #16
    Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
    Personally, unless you really need it to be 7' high for some reason, I'd build it shorter, and plan to take any shot sitting down. That will reduce the amount of material you need, and also let you get by with smaller windows. I'd build it an inch or so higher than your standing height, just to avoid bumping your head. As for windows, I'd go with one horizontal window in the middle of each side (except the side with the door), and two vertical windows, one on each side of the horizontal. I would make the horizontal ones maybe 12"X42" or so. The verticals would be about 8"X36", and make sure you place them low enough so that you can shoot something right in front of the blind. They'll have to go down almost all the way to the floor if you're sitting. You should err on the low side when placing the horizontal windows too, because in my experience with shooting out of enclosed blinds, you almost always run out of room on the bottom rather than the top.
    @jcarlin,
    Maybe you should dig yourself a grave while you're out there. I am willing to joke about pretty much anything, but peoples wives and girlfriends I usually steer clear of. Gotta follow the man code. As far as the windows go I really would not worry about them being too big. They can always be partially covered. We're talking about wood...things are not set in stone.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
      Personally, unless you really need it to be 7' high for some reason, I'd build it shorter, and plan to take any shot sitting down. That will reduce the amount of material you need, and also let you get by with smaller windows. I'd build it an inch or so higher than your standing height, just to avoid bumping your head. As for windows, I'd go with one horizontal window in the middle of each side (except the side with the door), and two vertical windows, one on each side of the horizontal. I would make the horizontal ones maybe 12"X42" or so. The verticals would be about 8"X36", and make sure you place them low enough so that you can shoot something right in front of the blind. They'll have to go down almost all the way to the floor if you're sitting. You should err on the low side when placing the horizontal windows too, because in my experience with shooting out of enclosed blinds, you almost always run out of room on the bottom rather than the top.
      JM, The wife is awesome, looking good, and she knows how I feel about both. She'd laugh, then hit me, then smile and shake her head.

      You're right on the windows, but I don't want to revisit the framing if I really don't have to. I've got real work that needs doing and only so much time I'm willing to spend on this. Odds are once I haul the tools back up to the house, I'm not revisiting it.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
        Personally, unless you really need it to be 7' high for some reason, I'd build it shorter, and plan to take any shot sitting down. That will reduce the amount of material you need, and also let you get by with smaller windows. I'd build it an inch or so higher than your standing height, just to avoid bumping your head. As for windows, I'd go with one horizontal window in the middle of each side (except the side with the door), and two vertical windows, one on each side of the horizontal. I would make the horizontal ones maybe 12"X42" or so. The verticals would be about 8"X36", and make sure you place them low enough so that you can shoot something right in front of the blind. They'll have to go down almost all the way to the floor if you're sitting. You should err on the low side when placing the horizontal windows too, because in my experience with shooting out of enclosed blinds, you almost always run out of room on the bottom rather than the top.
        As a follow up JM, I wouldn't have commented on another's lady either.

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