Graphical Construction Glossary >> Doors. >> Door types >> Batten Doors
These humble doors are sadly falling out of fashion, and yet for centuries they have done a good job. Simple to make out of basic materials they are now overlooked for more trendy options. But if you want privacy from prying eyes then they are still a cheap option for positions that are in the full weather.
Above is a sketch of a batten door with a few details of how they are constructed.
To the right is an old door that is still hanging in there. Note the clenched nails. Not beautiful but certainly functional. If I had to build one of these today I guess I may be using screws, seeing that modern screwdriver guns are so easy to use now.
Typically these doors are hung on band and gudgeon hinges or "Tee" hinges.
As the this type of door gets wider then the layout of the battens usually changes to the pattern in the photo above. The extra width just creates a lot more weight on the braces, the the guy that made this door has notched the ends of the braces into the battens to stop any tendency to slide with the extra load on them .
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