This step by step diy woodworking project is about 5×8 hunting blind plans. I have designed this small hunting stand so you can build one in one weekend using common materials and tools. This deer stand is sturdy and it has enough space for two persons. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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How to build a 5×8 Hunting Blind
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 57″ long, 7 pieces – 96″ long JOISTS
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 1 piece – 12″x90″ long FLOOR
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 72″ long, 4 pieces – 42 1/4″ long, 4 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 32 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 3 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 26 1/4″ long, 2 piece – 22 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 32 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 50″ long, 3 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 32 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 5 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long TOP RIDGE
5×8 Hunting Blind Plans2
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the deer blind floor. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the regular joists. Place the joists equally-spaced, every 16″ on center, and make sure the corners are square.
Use 3/4″ plywood sheets for the floor of the deer blind. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the sheets to the joists, every 8″.
Build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. You can adjust the size of the windows to suit your needs. Notice the double studs placed at both ends of the wall frame (place 1/2″ plywood between them).
Build the back wall from 2×4 lumber. As you can see in the diagram, you need to frame the door opening on the left side. Use 2×4 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double header.
Build the front wall of the elevated deer stand. Assemble everything with attention. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Fit the side walls to the floor. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges before locking the walls together. Secure the adjacent studs together. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Cut out the plate that falls at the base of the door opening.
Next, you need to install the ridge beam to the top plates. Build the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the components together. Use a spirit level to make sure the supports are plumb and check if the top ridge is horizontal.
This deer blind is super easy to build and it looks very nice. You can build a platform and build the shooting house elevated from the ground.
This deer blind has a basic design and can be built by any person with common woodworking skills. You can adjust the dimensions of the deer box, while using the same techniques described in the plans.
Top Tip: Make sure you check out the PART 2 of this project, to learn more about how to build the roof and the door for the 2 person deer box.
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