Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Trapdoors/Hatches - Part 3: Dispenser

This is a continuation of my posts on the new trapdoor.

Another use for the trapdoor is as an item flow controller. To start this I made a small house with a trapdoor in the roof and a water source on the top which makes items flow over the trapdoor. In real use this would be hooked up to a mob farm of some kind.

Items will flow down into the trap door.
 When you want to receive the items, just open the trap door and they will fall to the floor.

QOTD: Are you happy with the way trapdoors work, if not how would you improve them?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Trapdoors/Hatches - Part 2: Stairs

Over the next few days i'll be going more in depth with the various uses of trapdoors, today I will be covering stairs.

The reason to use trapdoors as stairs is so that they can be retractable, this can be used as a design or a trap. For my example I used it as a two room house with a single hallway.

When you step onto the pressure plates the first two steps open, and you can walk through the hallway.
Looking back you can see that the stairs have fallen back into place automatically, and you are in the second room.

 To go back you simply walk on the pressure plates on the way back.

To get onto the stairs, simply jump over the pressure plates. If you don't want to jump every time you use the stairs you can attach the Redstone wire to a switch instead of a pressure plate, but this makes it take longer to go under the stairs. 
QOTD: What sounds better to you, pressure plates or a switch? 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Trapdoors/Hatches Part 1: Crafting

We'll I'm back, I started this blog for about a week a while ago then had to stop for a while, but now that its summer i'll start it up again.

To start things off again I'm going to take a look at the newly released Trapdoor.

The trapdoor is crafted using 6 wooden planks.

It is basically a sidways door, which can be seen easily so would be hard to acctually use this as a pvp trap, but it may be effective as a mob trap. Like doors it con be controlled using Redstone.

QOTD: What is your favorite part of the 1.6 update?