Introduction: Create a Geodesic Dome With BBQ Sticks

This instructable will demonstrate how to create a geodesic dome out of barbecue sticks. The type of dome you will be making is a class 1, 4 V icosahedral geodesic. Class 1 basically means it is a regular type. There are 2 more classes, and these are inverted, and irregular types. Information on dome classes are beyond the scope of this document. 4 V means that one face of the icosahedron has been split into 4 levels, creating 4 triangles per side of that face. An icosahedron is a special 3D shape, which you can look up on Wikipedia or Google images.

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Step 1: Equipment

You will need to obtain the below equipment:

BBQ sticks (30 cm, 250 pieces)
Scissors to cut the BBQ sticks
Standard 30 cm ruler
Black marker pen
Glue gun
Glue sticks (10 pieces, extra long)
String (thread for sewing)
Elastic bands (not too large)
Ball pen for writing
Writing pad

The following images are some of the equipment I would recommend.

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Step 2: Plan

Step 3: Measurements

Step 4: Trim & Organize

After all markings have been made, begin trimming them, and then categorize them into their strut types with elastic bands.

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Step 5: Glue Together

Step 6: Installation

Step 7: Final

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dsullivan6 (author)2011-09-25

really impressed with this plan where you have the pieces marked out and how they fit together to cover the dome. Where did you get this information from. I m hoping to build a big one and maybe use this design to create a cover on a 5/8 3V dome....

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