Solid teak cabinet door/hatch

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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 04-01-2018 03:10 PM 386 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2018 03:10 PM

I’ve got a friend of mine that is wanting me to make him a replacement hatch for his boat. The piece is roughly 3/4” x14”x48”. It is fully hinged on one side and sits horizontal when shut. He was wanting it in solid teak. It really isn’t in danger of much water being on it as much as the rest of the boat because it is in a fully enclosed area of the cockpit. The boat is now on a large lake in North Texas but in a few years will be in the Caribbean. If I make this for him I’m curious what the likelihood of it warping is? He was thinking about just having it natural without any finish. We were thinking that would let the wood breath a little bit better.

Any thoughts?



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#1 posted 04-01-2018 04:33 PM

I’ve found teak to be very stable. 3/4 is pushing thin for that 14inch width. You should also start with something thick and mill down to your final number take equal amounts from both sides. You know right away if it’s going to behave.
Also make sure it’s real teak and not some fake plantation grown stuff.
Sounds like a fun project good luck.

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#2 posted 04-01-2018 05:13 PM

Tyson – step over to and get some ideas there.
those folks do this type of work all the time with awesome results.
put “making a hatch” and “hatch cover” in the search box.
will this hatch be on the floor or a bench? will people sit on it or stand on it?
photos of the old hatch would help a lot in determining the internal support structures.
and IMHO, 3/4” thick is plenty strong enough for teak if it is supported properly underneath.
and after construction is all said and done, wash it down with acetone and clean shop rags.

please document your journey with photos as this is my favorite type of craftsmanship.


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