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Kid friendly bamboo geodesic dome

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Everyone loves domes- ESPECIALLY kids! The devil in their construction however relates to visualising their assembly (often not easy - even for adults!),organising cost effective materials and securing the struts!

Here's a simple 1V version that uses bamboo slid into black garden irrigation hose offcuts. These are (single) gutter bolted at the hose overlaps -the structure is both rigid & quickly dismantled for storage.  All 24 struts are of identical length & thickness.
 
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Step 1: Big kids - smaller kids!

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Never mind BIG kids- this Instructable is intended to stimulate youngsters!  Aside from supervision, adults are only really needed to hold struts at the highest point (& to ensure concept lollies are NOT over indulged in!)
apburner2 months ago

That is brilliant. With that technique and knowing you are building somewhat weak. There is no reason that one could not make 6 way stars and go with shorter pole lengths and make a proper dome with 500mm sticks and 10 4by stars on the bottom. A bit more complex. Perhaps but it would allow you to build one the size of the original with 1200mm sticks and much rounder and with a bit more eye appeal.

Again well done.

Steve

manuka (author) 9 months ago
Text now added to all pictures. I'll probably add more (coverings, & use as a lift off cloche greenhouse etc),but these initial ones should set the tone. Ideas & input welcomed !
manuka (author) 2 months ago

apburner: Glad you like the "star" idea, & thanks for the extra input. The simple dome was for youngsters of course, but more ambitious ones could indeed be made. Stan.

alicmiran4 months ago

perfect for a dog house

Warholm6 months ago

Great!

Interesting alternative 'star' node idea.
I can defineatly use this... Thanks.

manuka (author)  Warholm6 months ago
Great- glad you liked the cost effective "star" approach!
ecarroll59 months ago
Does anyone else think of the lovely bones when they see this? .. Or have I just been emotionally scarred by that film? haha.
tomswanie9 months ago
I love it!
Something to prepare for the Grandkids!!!
manuka (author) 9 months ago
Yikes- I'm still rustling this up & viewers are flooding in already. Details to follow ASAP!
Kiteman manuka9 months ago
You published too early!

You need to unpublish, add all the text, and then re-publish.

Any problems with that, click on my user name and send me a Private Message, I'll talk you through it.