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  • Shack revamp

    After shooting this morning I started reorganizing stuff in the man cave but soon decided it was too nice out to waste the day inside. The Kid had another graduation party to attend so I asked my daughter if she was interested in helping me work on the shack. She agreed so we loaded up some tools and what little scrap lumber I have left and headed back up.

    The shack held up good over the winter. The only issue was at some point an outer window pane of the repurposed widow I used broke. Most likely something shifted and I had it nailed in too tight but maybe a bird or something hit it. I’d spay painted the glass and had a burlap cover on the inside to prevent that but who knows. The only other issue we’d had was deer cruising behind it with no shooting window out of the back.

    First thing we did was to pull a couple of the boards off the back and cut them down to make an opening. Then we framed it out to allow a piece of plywood to be slid up and down for just enough room to watch and shoot out of.

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    Next we dove into the bigger project. I pulled the boards off so we could remove the broken window then started piecing in what materials I had left. Unfortunately the three longer sections of deck boards I had left were a hair short to tack in even with the others but they were long enough to reach side to side. The one piece of plywood I had was smaller than the broken window so I had to frame out the sides of the opening with a piece of 2x4 and a 2x6 to patch it in. Problem was with the materials I had left there wasn’t a good way to hold the plywood in where it wouldn’t slide out of the bottom. The answer to that was to simply attach a couple of 2x2’s over the outside. It actually works quite well despite how it looks. It it’s not fixed, it slides up and down as well.

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    The remainder of my lumber supply fits in the back of the buggy. Most isn’t worth reusing for anything at this point.

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    I’ll add grab handles to the plywood windows to aid in raising them, other than that there’s not much left to redesign. I’d tacked up some cardboard on the inside back wall to cut down on light getting in and to help stop drafts but my father in law has offered to give me a few rolls of tar paper he has kicking around. I think I’ll staple it inside between the studs on all four walls then wad cardboard in behind as well.

    The last thing will be to get some sealer on the outside. I’d picked up a gallon of Cabot stain from Lowes a couple years ago for $9, one of the mistinted mistakes they discount. It’s natural wood color so should blend in ok.

    Found out in a letter today that the Kid has to move in to college on August 22’nd. A couple days sooner than we expected. Five weeks…….
    Last edited by fitch270; 07-16-2022, 10:57 PM.

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    Not much but shooting a big buck better than spending a pretty day outdoors patching up and improving a "Shootin' Shack"!

    Lookin' good!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
      Not much but shooting a big buck better than spending a pretty day outdoors patching up and improving a "Shootin' Shack"!

      Lookin' good!
      Trying to involve my daughter more as well. After watching her pass up an easy shot on the jakes this spring I want to be sure her confidence is built back up. Any time spent together like this should help get her mind back in the game.

      That shack ain’t pretty but it’s comfortable and solid. Best part is I don’t think I have much over $40 in it. The only thing I’ve had to buy were deck screws.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

        Trying to involve my daughter more as well. After watching her pass up an easy shot on the jakes this spring I want to be sure her confidence is built back up. Any time spent together like this should help get her mind back in the game.

        That shack ain’t pretty but it’s comfortable and solid. Best part is I don’t think I have much over $40 in it. The only thing I’ve had to buy were deck screws.
        Jiminy cat-whiskers!
        Those stinking deck screws ain't cheap anymore! 😳
        ...and spending time with "the other kid" is always a blessing! 😉
        I've got "some" material. I need to build me another box blind.......but it's going to have to cool off some!
        My tomatoes are blooming like crazy, but with daytime highs over 100°, they won't set fruit.
        Peppers, squash and okra aren't producing either.
        Our yard crunches when you walk across it! LOL!

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        • #5
          I guess my pal and I are looking at prefab blinds/houses. The landowner says he'll put in up to $2,000 apiece if we will put them off the ground on raised platforms. Trying to decide between a recliner or just an oversized chair. The choice might just make or break the hunt.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dewman View Post
            I guess my pal and I are looking at prefab blinds/houses. The landowner says he'll put in up to $2,000 apiece if we will put them off the ground on raised platforms. Trying to decide between a recliner or just an oversized chair. The choice might just make or break the hunt.
            Geez, dewman! I put a recliner in my box blind and I'd NEVER kill a deer! LOL! 😴

            A comfortable chair is essential to comfort. Comfort is essential to staying on stand for an extended length of time.
            A box blind should be "comfortable". Not "luxurious"! 😉

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            • #7
              Finally got around to staining the shack this weekend. Should help the old boards last longer. Still low budget, used up the remainder of some old stain and part of a gallon I picked up from Lowes for $9 that was mis-tinted. Colors aren’t a perfect match but pretty close. The dark brown definitely helps it blend into the shadows better. Still have a couple things to do next weekend but the extra day should give me plenty of time to wrap up.


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              • #8
                Just under 3 weeks until the bow opener, went up solo this afternoon to hang the Kid’s stand and then clear the roads up top.

                We made the decision via FaceTime that a couple limbs had to go. Hated to give up some concealment but it makes the stand safer and more user friendly. One small limb was right in the way when stepping off the sticks onto the platform and a bigger one was right where your head was when sitting and kept you out when standing. Going to be exposed when the leaves are off but now you can tuck back tight to the trunk.
                I did tuck the cut limbs in behind the stand to brush it in better.


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                Bottom pic is from behind in the general direction they come in at night from up top. If the wind doesn’t switch they won’t know anyone is there. Once they clear it’s too late.



                Had a good sized dead Hemlock come down up top. Buzzed that into sections and pushed it out of the way. Rest of it wasn’t bad, just some small stuff to move. Makes it easier to retrieve downed deer when we can get wheels up there but even dragging them down is better with a clear pathway.

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