TEARDROP TRAILER – BUILD DAY 17

FRAMING THE REAR HATCH

Another short work day. I put in just enough time to frame the rear hatch. I had to cut some curves to create parts of the hatch frame so I put my jigsaw to good use.

CuttingHatchFrame
CUTTING CURVES
I cut the curved bits of the hatch frame from these boards. You can see the first curve cut above. The curve is a very close match to the trailer, once ready I’ll sand everything to exact and add the skin.

RearHatchFRAMED HATCH
Here is the hatch framed and in place.

HatchOpen02OPEN HATCH
Hinge goes here. I plan to use a hurricane hinge, word on the internet is that they are nice and watertight.

RearHatchClosedSOME BRACES
I added a few horizontal braces to strengthen the hatch frame. They look a bit goofy offset like this but I wanted to drive screws through from both sides and these braces will be hidden by the outer skin anyway.

MoreHatchCLAMPED IN PLACE
I used a few clamps to hold the frame so I could square it up before I screwed all the pieces together.

RearHatchClosed
DONE FOR TODAY
It was a short work day and an unusually sunny day in San Francisco. I wrapped up  early to spend the rest of it people watching with Karen at Dolores Park.

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