sliding hatch, during its lifetime is going to have to put up with a
amount of abuse, from being slammed backwards and forwards and from
Corners could be rebated but
should be reinforced with a
dowel, they will be stronger if made with finger joints or
The hatch covering will not
only look better if curved
but will be more able to withstand being walked on.
The top can be laminated from
layers of ply or if you
prefer tongue and groove, just make sure the timber is not prone to too
expansion and contraction when wetted.
The side runners, frames and
rails must be made parallel
and not allowed to bend when fastened down.
You also need to consider how
the hatch is to be locked,
both from the inside and outside.
A simple sliding bolt will
suffice to hold it closed from
The form of locking you use on
the outside is a matter of
personal choice, my own preference if for something which will deter
opportunist thief but which will allow the determined burglar to get in
causing too much damage.
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