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Nautilus Door.jpg

Chris Schaie just e-mailed me this picture of a recent commission. It’s a custom Nautilus-style submarine door that incorporates Chris’s familiar irising peephole as well as a new multiple bolt mechanism that locks and unlocks by turning the handwheel. Beautiful work, Chris!


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Math Campbell says:

    That is an insane amount of awesome right there…
    I’m currently trying to think up ways to sell this to my better half so I can replace our front door with it, or something like it…

    Very nicely done!!

  2. CameronSS says:

    I’m a bit disappointed that we haven’t seen any final drawings…He posted early prototype drawings with the original iris, but nothing about finalized versions, and I would assume that if he’s selling these now that he has pretty well finished the design.

  3. Corvus says:

    The whole thing is very awesome, but that iris blows my mind. I agree that diagrams would be lovely.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is so great and magnificently made!
    I think it’s turning me on… :P

    No, but seriously, this is a marvellous piece of work and congrats on creating it. Brilliant work!