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Project by Tyler Moseley posted 12-22-2015 05:49 PM 5081 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an 11’ diameter 2v geodesic garden shed that I built.

I built this to prove a theory that I had that computer design and accurate miters/construction screws would result in a cheaper/easier and faster to build geodesic construction than the expensive and sometimes flimsy/unwieldy hubs that I see often in designs. this was most definitely realized as the entire construction up to the shingling was completed in two full days work.

The biggest challenge was the shingles, but overall, I was very happy with the outcome. Very roomy and the round shape caused absolutely no issues for space utilization as I thought it might.

The sketch model is under my account at inventingdreams@gmail.com

Also, here

Click the image below for the full set of pics.

Geodesic Dome Shed

-- Measure Twice, cut two, three times, plane, join, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, buff, wax, polish, brag. It's a process.





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#1 posted 12-22-2015 06:16 PM

That’s pretty cool. So now that you’ve proved it, and built it, what you gonna DO with it ? :-)

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 06:28 PM

You must be an engineer.

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 07:33 PM

Wow. That is very unusuall…but looks great. Think about all the work. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 07:35 PM

Your attention to detail on the compound angles is astounding, no gaps anywhere WOW – Wow – WOW…

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 07:37 PM

Just the implication of what kind of math is involved is enough to hurt my head.

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 09:18 PM

Very creative. It’s a great looking shed.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 12-22-2015 09:25 PM

I can’t cut a 45 degree miter correctly. Can’t imagine how I could do something like this.
Very unique and pleasing to look at. Well done

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#8 posted 12-22-2015 10:52 PM

I’d of went with the far superior balsa wood myself

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 11:10 PM

Great job! I understand that geodesic domes are structurally stronger than conventional structures and make more efficient use of space. Unfortunately the zoning codes in my suburb will not permit geodesic structures of any size. (I checked last year – something about being “contrary to aesthetic standards”.) Thanks for posting and Happy Holidays!

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#10 posted 12-22-2015 11:51 PM



Just the implication of what kind of math is involved is enough to hurt my head.

- BTimmons

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#11 posted 12-23-2015 12:47 AM

Man that’s a cool looking shed!

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#12 posted 12-23-2015 12:51 AM

Did you also look at less waste?
Fellow I new years ago built a very large one for a home. He did mention that there was less waste with the plywood due to being able to use full sheet when cutting the triangles
Sounded reasonable at the time, still makes sense now a days.
Nice project.

G Vavra

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#13 posted 12-23-2015 01:03 AM

The material cost savings is very real. This entire build was less than $400 in materials (the lack of hubs was a big saving, well worth the time to calculate the miters ahead of time.) If you can find a faster/easier way to do the shingles, the labor is really minimal too. The 2/3 design was better use of the space than I thought it would be too. I imagine a 1/2 sphere would be good for a house, but for this small structure the extra height was perfect.

-- Measure Twice, cut two, three times, plane, join, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, buff, wax, polish, brag. It's a process.

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#14 posted 12-23-2015 02:48 AM

I love it, sort of has a Hobbit look about it.

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#15 posted 12-23-2015 03:34 AM

Very well executed. I too prefer to avoid the commercial hubs and join the struts together with compound angles. Did you also angle the tops of the struts so that each piece of the OSB would lay flat against its half of the strut? I see you maintained the pattern all the way down. Those little triangles at the bottom must have been a pain to deal with.

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