Deer Box Stand Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about deer box stand plans. The project features instructions for building a 4×8 deer blind. This is a heavy duty construction that will stand time for many years in a row. If you want to decrease the costs or the total weight of the construction, you should place the studs 24″ on center, instead of 16″.  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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It’s that simple to build a 4×8 deer box!

 

 

Deer Box Stand Plans

Building a 4x8 deer blind

Building a 4×8 deer blind

 

  • A – 7 piece of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long JOISTS
  • B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 4 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 5 pieces – 32 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long, 3 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 14″ long BACK WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 41″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 32 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber -96″ long, 7 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 46 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x77″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x82 1/2″ long WALLS
  • H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 34 1/2″x52 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 31 1/2″x52 3/4″ long ROOFING SHEETS
  • I – 40 sq ft of tar paper, 40 sq ft of asphalt shingles ROOFING

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How to build a 4×8 deer stand

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the frame of the floor. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the joists. Make sure the corners are square and insert screws to lock everything together tightly.

If you want to protect the joists from moisture you can fit a couple of 4×4 skids under the frame.

Fitting the floor

Fitting the floor

Attach the 4×8 plywood sheet to the joists and align the edges as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the plywood sheet to the joists tightly.

Building the side walls

Building the side walls

Continue the project by assembling the side walls. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber using the information from the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs, as shown in the diagram. Remember that you can modify the size of the window opening to suit your needs.

Fitting the side walls

Fitting the side walls

Fit the side walls to the floor of the deer box and align the edges. Use a spirit level to make sure the walls are plumb and lock them temporarily into place using 2×4 braces. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor joists.

Back Wall

Back Wall

Next, you need to build the back wall for the 4×8 deer blind. Cut the components at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the bottom and top plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention.

Front wall

Front wall

Build the front wall in the same manner described above.

Assembling the frame of the deer box

Assembling the frame of the deer box

Fit the front and the back walls to the floor of the deer blind. Align the edges with attention, making sure the corners are right-angled. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the adjacent walls together tightly. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the floor joists.

Rafters plans

Rafters plans

Build the rafters from 2×6 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the beams and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Next, attach the rafters to a 2×6 beam, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the beam and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the rafters, making sure you place them equally-spaced.

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

Fit the rafters to the top of the deer box and align everything with attention. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the plates.

Installing the back panel

Installing the back panel

Next, attach the 3/4″ plywood panels to the back of the deer box. Make the cuts to the panel as shown in the diagram. Drill a starting holes and make the openings with a jigsaw. Attach the panels to the walls and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ screws.

Fitting the end wall

Build the back panel and secure it to the studs with 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you leave no gaps between the studs and the panels.

Side panels

Side panels

Next, you need to attach the panels to the sides of the deer blind. Start with the short side. Make the cuts to the plywood sheets and secure them to the wall frames using 1 1/4″ screws or nails. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.

Attaching the side panels

Attaching the side panels

Build the panels for the taller side and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ screws or nails.

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

Use the panel that you have cut out from the back wall and transform it into a door. Secure the door to the wall with several hinges. In addition, install a latch to lock the door into place tightly.

Fitting the roofing sheets

Fitting the roofing sheets

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the roofing sheets to the rafters. Cut the sheets from 3/4″ plywood and center them to the rafters, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the rafters, every 8″. Leave no gaps between the sheets and the rafters.

Fitting the roofing

Fitting the roofing

Cover the roof with the tar paper and then install asphalt shingles. Alternatively, you can seal the roof by installing corrugated metal sheets.

Deer box stand plans

Deer box stand plans

 

Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design and size of the deer blind to suit your needs. Check out the 6×6 deer blind plans we also have on our site.

Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.

4x8 Deer Blind Plans

4×8 Deer Blind Plans

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10 Comments »

  1. Chuck Hendry at - Reply

    Great plans. Thank you.

    • Julian at -

      Thank you for the feedback. I’m looking forward to seeing your project.

    • Matt at -

      I’m about to begin making this 4×8 shooting house. Can you tell me an estimated finished weight for this project?

    • Julian at -

      I have no idea. Good luck with your project!

  2. Robert Glaser at - Reply

    I just built this 4 x 8 deer box (shooting house) for my wife on our property. I put it on top of an 8 ft platform. I cut all my materials in my shop and transported them to the location she will hunt. I followed the plans to the letter since there is no electricity where the box is now set. Today I put the plywood (skin) in the frame. I did not realize until that time that the “frame” is set for all 14 inch windows. All windows (with the exception of one) on the plywood are set for 14 inches. One window is set for a 15 1/2 inch opening. When I put the plywood on the side, the lower window framing 2 x 4 is extended above the plywood opening by 1 1/2 inches. Is this a mistake on the “blue print” or is it by design? All the other windows are squared nicely, but this one window is screwed up. If it is by design, give me the reason so I can correct it. If it is a screw up on the blue print, I will fill the void with extra plywood. Other than this issue, the plans were great and looking forward to my wife hunting in comfort this year.

    • Julian at -

      Thanks for pointing that out. It is an error in the blueprints and I’ve corrected it. Sorry for that, I hope you can fix it by fitting the 1 1/2″ wide piece of plywood. Alternatively you can cover it when installing the blinds. When the blinds are shut they will cover the 2×4 frame. Looking forward to seeing how your projects comes out!

  3. John at - Reply

    I built this blind recently (actually finishing the roof today and should start painting very soon) and this was my very first project in dealing with constructing something from start to finish. There are a couple of things I want to mention ; the parts list you have doesn’t include the extra 3 sheets of plywood you need for the roof. I also needed to buy more 2×4’s as well (can’t remember how many). One thing I would make a side note for most is that the pieces of 2×4’s that I used weren’t exactly 8ft long which threw off my alignment for the framing. Other than that the plan were great!

    • Julian at -

      Thank you for the feedback. I updated the cut list with the extra sheets of plywood. Congratulations for the project and we are all eager to see how your deer box comes out!

  4. Skip Rice at - Reply

    I have obtained a substantially constructed 8’x8′ steel base (deck size) on which to build a blind, and have already installed it on the site where the blind will be. Given that, I’ll have to use a different method of constructing and attaching the floor and have that worked out on how to do it.

    Because my structure will support a larger blind than a 4×8 or 6×6 (almost a cabin – haha), I was wondering if there was an option for a 6′ x 8′ or even 8′ x 8′ design? I really love your designs and was hoping to make my life a little easier on building this and gathering a materials list.

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