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Fun with Hatches (Designs and Ideas)

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Fun with Hatches


This is a blog for showcasing some of the different ideas and designs that you can use with the new hatch item to make your projects a little more detailed and fun. The inspiration for this post came from the other blog Minecreate: Making furniture showing his ideas, make sure to check it out if you haven't already.

I have tried to include a lot of pictures so everything is laid out clearly. I'm sure you have figured out some of these already but I bet there are a few you haven't seen! Hope you enjoy.

If there are any ideas I haven't included that you know of tell me and I will make sure to add them.

You can find the schematic for all the examples I used here. (This now includes the my whole hatch/redstone testing lab I use.)

Texture pack used is Misa's 64x.

Hatch-Planterspng
With a block of dirt or sand you can add hatches on all sides to make a decorative planter for small trees or any other plants.
Hatch-ItemDecopng
You can make some decoration items by adding hatches around a few wool blocks adding a wood pressure plate to the top to complete the look.
Hatch-Lamppng
The same method can be applied to make any torch holder a little nicer.
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It can also make a nice covering for hidden lighting in the floor using glowstone, or sunken glowstone or torch.

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Some very simple ceiling lighting that can be made with glowstone...

HatchBlog-CeilingLightpng
...you can add material to the bottom to hide the glowstone a bit.
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Add some fence or glass between to lower it off the ceiling...

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...or use it on the floor to create a small lamp or lighting in a pillar.
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Another variation of some floor or wall lighting.


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Placing them in a line against any wall can make the base stand out...
Hatch-Detailpng
...you can flip a few up to accent different parts...

Hatch-Detailpng...or make a design by covering the whole wall.
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Easily make a shelf system by placing them over a section and flipping them up in the right pattern.
Hatch-Windowspng
Place them on the outside of windows to make shutters or on the top for more detail.
Hatch-Stairspng
Create a collapsible staircase by placing them diagonally...
Hatch-Stairspng
...and flip open either by hand or connecting them to a switch by redstone.
Hatch-Stairspng
Vertical staircases can also be achieved, you need to jump and open the lower one to climb it.


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A few stairs wired up with redstone, one with a staggered opening and the other with instant open and slower delay.

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The back side of the stairs.
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Since hatches block fluids they allow easy access into water...
Hatch-WaterEnterpng
...or through it by placing them under the water source.
Hatch-Bridgepng
A simple drawbridge can be made by placing them in a 2 block wide channel...


Hatch-Bridgepng
...open by connecting them with a switch and redstone.

Hatch-Bridgepng
You can add a layer under for a support and to make it look a little nicer.

Hatch-Bridgepng
Using the same design you can create multi-level scaffolding type hallways or paths using only hatches.
Hatch-Bridgepng
You may need to put a ceiling over it if you are worried about players/mobs crossing over on the ledge...
Hatch-Bridgepng
...or you can cover the whole wall so there is no accessible edge while open.
Hatch-Trappng
Simple death traps can be made by putting them over holes with pressure plates in front and lava at the bottom.
Hatch-Trappng
You can use water in a hole at least 2 deep if you prefer to drown your victim instead...
Hatch-Trappng
...cactus may also be used if you like, you may need to leave clearance around the sides of the cactus.
Hatch-Trappng
Then there is the always fun death fall into unknown oblivion.
Hatch-Trappng
Most of the traps can be extended out...
Hatch-Trappng
...with enough you could create a perimeter around an entire area.
Hatch-Trappng
Using the same concept as the bridge you can create a wide lava trap set off using a switch or pressure plate.
Hatch-Trappng
Another design with a torch in the center that may help catch animals at night, it might be more difficult to wire.


The next few pictures are examples I have decided to include from a few projects of my own. (These are not included on the schematic).


Hatch-Examplepng
A small staircase that provided easy access to the top part of the wall...
Hatch-Examplepng
...and added a bit of detail while closed.

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Here they accent the base and top of the pillars nicely.
Hatch-Examplepng
This one added a nice look to the outside windows of this building.
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Here the hatches provided a nice retractable platform in this small area.
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They are also nice for hiding chests tucked away into the floor.
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Some lighting above a dining room table.
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A small pool table with hatches and some more ceiling lighting.

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An inverted two-hatch mine cart stack pez dispenser.


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The testing facility I use for redstone and hatch ideas.(This and the next few pics ARE included on the schematic.)


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The bottom level of the building.


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Top level with most of the redstone stuff.

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If you would like a schematic containing all the examples shown in the tutorial (and others) it can be found here.


That's all I have for now, hope you liked it and inspired you to find more uses for this miracle block!
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2 Update Logs

Update #2 : 07/20/2011 5:22:46 pmJul 20th, 2011

-Added two new redstone stair designs, staggered and instant open, with different delay.
-Added new pics of the whole building and redstone areas.
-Updated schematic to include the entire testing facility with other redstone items.
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10/16/2012 4:32 pm
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1camspike1
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This is so cool another amazing blog!!!
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07/04/2012 4:24 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
KURTrek
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Brilliant Work inHaze! Great ideas for the furniture and Redstone ideas.
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06/29/2012 11:00 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Network
peedispenser
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I had that world,but I deleted it.It was called Secret Project.
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03/28/2012 3:20 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Crafter
Balzaroxz
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This is really helpfull!
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03/06/2012 12:50 am
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
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They are good for golf!
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12/30/2011 11:42 am
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HardAdriano1
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Maybe Jeb should invent some iron hatches that work like iron doors. Great map, great ideas. Diamond to you!
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11/19/2011 4:00 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Mage
blockcrafter
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Cool I like the redstone operated stairs. mind if I use them in my work? I will mention you in the description.
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11/19/2011 7:28 pm
Level 97 : Overlord Terraformer
inHaze
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Yea, that's fine me.
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08/26/2011 11:10 am
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MisTerBuiLD45
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high tech house man nice work :)
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08/09/2011 5:09 am
Level 23 : Expert Architect
Jadoom
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Nice use for hatches. Could be helpful in the future.
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