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Nautical Style Submarine Door

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Project by John Hansen posted 04-28-2017 06:01 PM 3266 views 27 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a submarine door all made from recycled lumber. It is grafted into a standard door which is the door to my office at work. I made this all at home in my shop and installed it into my existing office door at work on the weekend. It has been up for almost a year and people still stop to check it out. This has no screws or fasteners in it, all of the wood (1000 pieces total) is joined together with glue and joinery. The woods used are sapele, oak, cherry, teak, ebony, ipe, bamboo, walnut, maple and some 5.2mm MDF for the iris parts. The center iris has 8 blades on each side for a total of 16 that all move together with one turn of the knob. There are about 150 parts in the iris alone. I have videos of the inner workings of the iris and the finished iris opening and closing but I’m not sure how to upload those… sorry. This door is all my original design and it took me 3 months to build (a few hours everyday after work), I used Sketch-up and AutoCAD and pretty much every tool I own including my lathe. So far only the people I work with have seen it, I hope you like it too.

Video of inner Iris mechanism

Video of finished working Iris

Video of the entire door -

New video of entire explanation of the door including walking through it – https://youtu.be/viTlhuKwyKQ

—John Hansen

-- John Hansen





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fogbow

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#1 posted 04-28-2017 06:15 PM

Just WOW!

Barbara

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 06:30 PM

Well – that is amazing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 07:47 PM

John, this may very well be the coolest wood working project I have ever seen!

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 08:08 PM

I gotta say, that’s the coolest hatch (in the Navy, doors are called hatches) I’ve seen! I like the fact that it operates, too—must be quite a conversation starter!

You should be very proud of it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 04-28-2017 08:39 PM

Incredible. One of the most impressive projects I’ve ever seen.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 04-28-2017 08:58 PM

beautiful

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 04-28-2017 09:01 PM

A wonderful design and great execution…very impressive…thanks for posting

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#8 posted 04-28-2017 09:04 PM

Wow, what a super looking door and very well crafted! Are you x Navy submariner?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 04-28-2017 09:10 PM

That is one awesome door! It’s very creative, and your workmanship is outstanding.

-- Ron Stewart

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#10 posted 04-28-2017 09:14 PM

That is one of the most amazing projects I’ve ever seen. Incredible. I think it’s well above my skill level.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 04-28-2017 09:21 PM

Thank you all for the kind words – I really appreciate it. I don’t have a military background but I have the deepest respect for those who do. The idea for the door started off as me wanting to make something mechanical and practical all from wood. The most complicated latching mechanism I could find was a submarine hatch (thank you Mean_Dean for clarifying). The rest of the design came into focus as I was building it.

-- John Hansen

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jbee

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#12 posted 04-28-2017 10:24 PM

Absolutely amazing!! Your door must be the talk of the office.

What do you do for “easy” stuff?

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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go4tech

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#13 posted 04-28-2017 10:35 PM

Just amazing….!!!

Please ensure that it has a way to stay in your family for years to come!

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#14 posted 04-28-2017 11:20 PM

I love it. Great thought process and beautiful execution.
One for the ages!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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woodify

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#15 posted 04-28-2017 11:58 PM

This is amazing!! WOW! I hope people use the hatch door. It looks so fun and awe inspiring.
To upload videos I post them to youtube then create a link in the post.

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified

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