Sliding Hatch and Doors

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Project by shipwright posted 06-28-2020 04:22 AM 1121 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend is restoring a lovely old schooner and was in need of a new hatch and doors. He is sewing me a new cockpit enclosure for my boat and in return I built him these.
They are African Mahogany. The door panels and hatch cover are cold moulded of three layers for stability to eliminate swelling and shrinking problems. The hatch slides on Purpleheart rails and it’s smooth as silk!

Thanks for looking.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 06-28-2020 05:21 AM

Lucky friend!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 06-28-2020 05:27 AM

Ahhh, ya dug into the secret stash of the exotic woods. Good to see you keeping busy and out of trouble:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 06-28-2020 06:30 AM

Good to see that bartering is still alive.

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 06-28-2020 10:14 AM

Beautiful work and what a deal. Bartering can pay off in many ways. Your work has me thinking on the craft I want to build, hopefully get started next year. Started building a shop last month, in preparation of building that dream.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 06-28-2020 11:35 AM

Very well done.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 06-28-2020 12:07 PM

Nice woodwork, Paul! He’ll love them!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-28-2020 12:22 PM

Nice work!!

Brings back memories. Many years ago when I was in college I worked for a marine woodworker and one of the items that i made was a sliding hatch for a sail boat.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#8 posted 06-28-2020 12:24 PM

Love those Sailboats, though I’ve never been on…
They look like pure peaceful pleasure at berth
yet promise periods of shrieking terror at Sea!
Fine Work (as always!) Paul

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 06-28-2020 01:49 PM

Very nice work Paul your always do beautiful, quality work a


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#10 posted 06-28-2020 02:13 PM

Nice looking work Paul! I’m always in awe of watercraft woodwork, nothing like making something to last even in the harshest of environments.

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#11 posted 06-28-2020 02:18 PM

By cold moulded, are you saying you made your own version of plywood?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#12 posted 06-28-2020 02:25 PM

By cold moulded, are you saying you made your own version of plywood?

- rrdesigns

Yes, exactly. Cold moulding actually refers to building hulls that way but the concept is the same. Friendship was built that way.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 06-28-2020 02:50 PM

Beautiful work! I love the maple leaf inlay.

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#14 posted 06-28-2020 03:46 PM

Wow! That’s absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to take a course in boat building someday. Thanks for the cold mounding explanation too. Maybe someday I’ll be able to use the technique myself!
Nicely done shipwright!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#15 posted 06-28-2020 03:46 PM

Always a pleasure to see your work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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