Step 5: Make the peephole

family building a fort
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a drill/driver fitted with a 1-inch spade bit, drill a peephole near the top of the hatch. Attach a small scrap of wood with a single screw above the hole so that it can swing back and forth to cover the peephole.

Make a latch from a 2x3 scrap block. Attach it to the brace above the door with a single screw so that it can swing easily to lock the hatch.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Combination square
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver with -inch and 1-inch spade bits
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • hacksaw
      Hacksaw

    Shopping List

    1. 4-foot-high stockade fencing
    (four sections at least 5 feet long)

    2. One 8-foot 2x4

    3. One 8-foot 2x3

    4. 2-foot-square section of ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    5. Eight L-brackets
    (4 inches by 1 inch)

    6. 1-inch deck screws 7. 3½-inch deck screws

    8. 5 feet of ½-inch PVC pipe

    9. PVC pipe cap

    10. Two 3½-inch door hinges

    11. Flag

    12. Wire