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    Smile Dome Construction

    Hi Guys
    Does anybody have any expierience building wooden framed domes?
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    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by station-rat
    Hi Guys
    Does anybody have any expierience building wooden framed domes?
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    Ken
    What sort of dome?

    The June 04 issue The Australian Woodworker has an article, page 78, on building a geodesic cubby house. The principal could be used to build a frameless dome of sorts.

    Rob

    It only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or fourteenth.

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    Hi Robert
    This is the dome that I am interested in buildinghttp://www.gardendome.com/octa_xt/octa_dome_4_xt.html
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    Ken

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    WHY????


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    As Al says, Why?

    If you happen to be passing through Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the near future, go see the Domes. They are part of a botanical gardens and allow for climate control so that flors, and fauna, from different climates can be displayed.

    As to constructing a dome of the type you want, that is beyond me. The sizes and angles of each section are, no doubt, calculable, but I don't know how you would do it. One of the computer boffins on here can probably do that for you.

    It only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or fourteenth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozwinner
    WHY????Al
    Ohhhh sigh!!!! Al, Robert, .... the JOURNEY remember!
    ...all this time I thought you guys were lovers not fighters....peace man...

    It's all about the concentration of energy........ or something more cosmic, man.

    When my hair was MUCH longer (and more prolific) I confess I did build a couple on various properties... used a couple of different techniques. I still have a copy of "Domebook" which will have the answers to all your questions including a connector which is probably the one these guys based their patented one on.

    We used to use 2" pipe, and a 1/2" hole through the end of the frame, twitched tightly with heavy baling wire.

    Any questions just ask!

    Cheers,

    hipPy.

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    LOL BM.
    I remember those days too, but I was more interested in the free love bit than the "cosmic" living thing.
    Regardless of that, I had the long hair, to my shoulders, and the flares. They were good days, man.
    Rob

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    Try 'Google-ing' for - Geodesic Dome. There are several sites of varying use on DIY domes, ranging from plastic conduit & plastic sheet duct taped on up to serious major construction projects.

    You can always try out a conduit & plastic one to see if you like it & want to outlay the big bikkies for am Arcology.

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    dear old buckie fuller - I remember him fondly - bloody genius
    Steve
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    ....catchy phrase here

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    Steve,.

    How right you are! I keep a regular eye on The Buckminster Fuller Institute website (his 109th birthday was celebrated last month with a commemorative stamp in his honour).

    Station Rat,
    Have you gotten over your dome-thing yet..or did you just want to see a bunch of old hippies go misty eyed for a bit?

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