It was d-day for the dome after successfully completing 5 hexagons. The top semihemisphere was ready to be assembled.
Figure 1: laying out the completed hexagons
Figure 2: A much smarter layout of the completed hexagonsFigure 3: Bolting together the completed hexagons using the patented “method of chairs” Figure 4: Completed inverted semihemisphereFigure 5: Using patented method to reverse the inversionFigure 6: Quick break for set of shrugsFigure 7: Found this on my phoneFigure 8: Pentagon dry-fitted to complete the erection
There were a few problems encountered.
- The hexagons, when resting in natural position, were a few degrees off and so couldn’t be bolted together. We had to loosen bolts & “fudge” them together – although, there is not any significant warping in the frame once the bolts are tightened
- The screws sticking out of the joints prevented the hexagons from fitting together
- The bolts were compressing the timber when being tightened – this was resolved using washers