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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #49: Duck Blind Frame: Main Body

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-22-2020 04:08 AM 785 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Decisions
This is the point in the blind build that you make basic decisions like how low to lay in the blind and how much room to set aside for decoys and the dog. My objective remains to paddle the kayak with the blind doors closed around my torso. This will allow an amazingly quick set up.

This is a comfortable position for Copper and me. It’s the second lowest position on the layout seat. The lowest position would conceal us better, but at the expense of comfort. Copper is a little crouched in this photo, but he has good visibility to mark the birds I might shoot.

The top of the seat fits under the frame when in the paddling position.

Frame Design
The heart of the blind is the support board that is clamped across the coaming ring.

The layout board rests on it, the rear blind frame is built around it, the aft portion of the flip blind doors are attached to it and my notional face shroud is also connected to it.

Close up of the support board. Notice the two 10 degree wedges I used to try to deconflict the flip blind doors and the face screen frame. I’m not sure it will work, but I’m giving it a try.

Bimini fittings are a wonderful thing! They make blind construction a whole lot easier. I’m happy with my bends…I’ve gotten a little better with a conduit bender during each blind build!

Cooper will ride to and from the hunt site in the area between the two crossbars. I’ll sew a flip door that will cover the opening once we’re set up. I’ll also sew a removable barrier that will allow me to stack decoys tight in the are between Copper and me. It sounds complicated, but it will be simple and fast to use.

The flip blind doors will connect to the front deck with bimini fittings. I bought a piece of 1/2” EMT conduit to practice the bends on the doors since a replacement piece of aluminum tubing would cost $30 in shipping alone. I’ll burn through as many pieces of $4.49 conduit as it takes to get it right.

Next
Fabricate the flip blind door frames.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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