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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #50: Duck Blind Frame: Doors

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-22-2020 09:33 PM 619 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 49: Duck Blind Frame: Main Body Part 50 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 51: Blind Body: Boat Prep »

Complicated Bends
Bending the doors always kicks my butt. I used both ends of my conduit practice piece before I moved on to aluminum tubing.

I’m laying pretty low in these pictures. There’s room for me to raise the seat up one incline notch.

Once you get all your gear on, the extra room gets used up. I hate being crowded under the doors. I don’t need a framed face shield. A soft shroud attached at the roof of the blind will work just fine. I’ll part it in the middle so there’s never any chance of getting stuck under it while sitting up for a shot.

It’s nice to have the rudder pedals to hook a foot under while shooting.

My arm pits just clear the door frames when I paddle. I suppose I could have lowered the blind an inch or so, but I’d rather add a cushion to raise my butt and have the room under the doors during the hunt.

Being able to paddle with the blind completely assembled is a game changer for me. I’m used to throwing out decoys and then setting up my blinds in other boats I’ve owned. This blind is fast, convenient, and comfortable.

I still need to replace the set screws with 3/16” rivets, add braided stainless tethers to the quick release clevis pins, and paint the frame. That’s just busy work after wrestling with bending the door frames!

Next
Sew the blind.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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