This step by step diy woodworking project is about duck blind plans free. The project features instructions for building a permanent 4×8 duck blind. This is a heavy duty construction that will stand time for many years in a row. The construction features a dog access door and a taller door at the back. 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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Duck Blind Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 83″ long, 2 pieces – 96″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long, 6 pieces – 14 1/2″ long JOISTS
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 33″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long BACK WALL
- F – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood -36″x96″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long WALLS
- G – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x48″ long SIDE WALLS
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 4 pieces – 10 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long ROOF FRAME
- I – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″x96″ long ROOF
- J – 1 piece of 3/4 plywood – 14 1/4″x24″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 21″ long DOOR
- K – 1 piece of 3/4 plywood – 14 1/4″x45″ long, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 42″ long DOOR
How to build a duck blind
The first step of the project is to install the 4×4 posts into the ground. Setting the posts in concrete will make your duck blind a permanent construction. Use batter boards and string to mark the location of the holes. Apply the 3-4-5 rule to the corners to check if they are right-angled. Dig about 3′ into the ground and set the posts. Make sure you buy pressure treated lumber.
Use a spirit level to make sure the posts are plumb and lock them into place using temporary braces. Mix quick concrete and fill the holes. Let the concrete to dry for a few days.
Continue the project by assembling the frame of the duck blind. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 2 1/2′ screws into the perpendicular joists. Fit 2×6 blockings between the joists to enhance the rigidity of the structure, as shown in the plans.
Fit the frame to the posts, making sure you leave 6″ from the ground, to protect the joists from moisture during the season. Drill pilot holes through the joists and insert 2 1/2″ screws the posts. Use a spirit level to make sure the joists are horizontal.
Fit a 4×8 sheet of 3/4″ plywood to the joists, as shown in the diagram. Align the edges with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws/nails every 8″ along the joists. Leave no gaps between the plywood floor and the joists.
Next, you need to frame the back wall. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the corners are right-angled.
Use 3/4″ plywood to cover the frame. Drill a starting holes and cut out the door opening using a jigsaw. Attach the plywood sheet to the frame and align the edges. Use 1 1/4′ screws/nails to lock the panel to the wall frame tightly.
Build the front wall from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs equally-spaced for a professional result. Make sure the corners are square.
Attach the 3/4″ plywood panel to the frame and secure it into place with 1 1/4″ screws/nails. Cut out the opening for dog access to the water.
Fit the walls to the floor and make sure the edges are flush. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the joists. In addition, insert screws into the vertical posts.
Build the side walls from 3/4″ plywood. Make the cuts to the plywood sheet, as shown in the image. Align the edges with attention and secure the panel to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws.
Next, you need to build the roof for the duck blind. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the dimensions shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the rim components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the short supports. Make sure the corners are square.
Fit the frame to the top of the structure, as shown in the plans. Align the edges to the side panels. Insert 1 1/4″ screws through the sides into the frame. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the top plate of the back wall.
Install a 2×4 support to the middle of the roof frame. Use 2 1/2″ screws to lock the support to the roof frame.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood and attach it to the roof frame. If you want to protect the component from moisture, you can staple tar paper to the sheet.
Next, assemble the front door for the duck blind. Use the panel cut out in the previous steps and 2×2 lumber. Use 1 1/4″ screws to secure the panel to the supports. In addition, lock the frame together using 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit the door to the opening and secure it to the wall with hinges. Install a latch on the inside to keep it shut.
Build the access door from the panel cut out and from 2×2 lumber. Use 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the frame and 1 1/4″ screws to attach the panel to the frame.
Fit the door to the opening and use three hinges to lock it to the wall. Install a latch to lock the door into place.
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 duck blind to suit your needs. Check out the 6×6 deer blind plans, 4×8 deer blind plans and 4×4 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.
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