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Old 06-07-2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default Grain Wagon hunting blind.

Ok, who has made one of these. I bought an old grain wagon the other day and want to start collecting materials.

Windows- can double hung window operate ok installed on their side. Most of the salvaged one I am seeing are to tall to install upright. How about casement windows installed sideways? Do you think they would holdup over time? I saw some nice used 20 X 60 casements and thought they would be great on both the long sides of the blind.

Roofing - What do you all think of using coragated steel for roofing? Again I am looking at salvaged materials for this.

I have no clue about framing this thing up but I want it to be as cheap as possible. Salvaged steel for siding a good or bad idea? I dont even know how I would pitch the roof.

Any photos, successes or failures would be very helpful. I will show the progress of this project as I move ahead.

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Old 06-08-2010, 05:39 AM   #2
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Mike. I think if you have a little patience you could find smaller double hungs if you keep an eye on craigs list or something like that. If your windows aren't to big you could prolly get away with installing them sideways. I wouldn't try that with casements tho. Metal roof would be OK except for the noise on rainy hunts. I saw a grain wagon blind before and loved it.
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have you tried searching the internet for pics/plans/ideas?
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After I posted I got to thinking about the sideways mounted doublehung. You could have trapped water in the side channel (now on the botoom) and that would freeze your window shut.

Look for junked out trailer houses. They usually have some small sliders.
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When in doubt check you tube. You and the family are gonna be real cozy in there. Heck Shane and I might hunt with you out of that thing. I think Perry hit the nail on the head with the windows I bet they would'nt last long with moisture sitting it the channels. I have been dreaming up a design on one as well. You make a first run and tell me what you would do different.
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I would never consider that stile of wagon. I will take some pictures of the begining this week. Please feel free to add your thoughts as I progress.

What do you all think of home made sliding plexeglass windows.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:13 PM   #7
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I would use the small "flip-in" style basement windows.
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Mike,

We have a such a blind, and are planning another later this summer. The wood floor of the wagon was good enough to use for the floor, and we just framed the sides with 2x4 and used scrap steel for the sides and top. I had an old door laying around that we put in, but it is something less than an air tight fit. I learned a lot about what to do differently for the next one, so hopefully the second one will be better.

We did use sliding plexiglass windows, and they work just fine. The original version slid vertically and we used a nail to hold them up in place. I have since changed them to a horizontal slide...much better! Here are a couple of shots of the windows. These are in a permanent blind we built, but the same design. We ripped grooves in the 1x4's for the plexiglass to slide, and a little weather stripping makes them very weather tight.





I don't have any pictures of the blind itself, but do have other window pics if you want to see them. They are 1 foot high and 2 feet wide...ideal for gun hunting, but if you wanted to bow hunt out of it, would need to have more of a vertical orientation.

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If I made one, I would do like this guy did. It is the best one I have seen.

http://www.deerhuntingchat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2210
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I would never consider that stile of wagon. I will take some pictures of the begining this week. Please feel free to add your thoughts as I progress.

What do you all think of home made sliding plexeglass windows.

I would avoid any horizontal sliding windows as they have a tendency to freeze up in cold weather. The last one I made I used plexiglass windows with hinges to swing in. They are very quiet and seal very well with a little weather stripping added.
If you are going to use tin on the outside I would strongly reccomend you put the reflectex underneath. Seals things up and makes everything much quieter.

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