The dome is progressing nicely now although it is still slow going because I have to fit it in around work and the weather. One of the problems has been that I have nowhere I can permanently set up my table saw and my chop saws so I have to get them out in the yard, set them up, them clean up and put them away every time I want to cut something. On the next dome I will cut all of the timber to do a whole dome to length on one day, mill the angles on one day and then put the angles on the one end of the struts in one day so I get all the machining out of the way early on. It is then easy to make up triangles whenever you have a spare moment or just devote a day to triangle making.
I now only have 34 more triangles to make and once I am set up I can make a triangle in about two and a half minutes so it doesn’t take long once you get going.
All of the timber for the remaining triangles has been cut and milled ready to go so I will get all the triangles finished this week
They are in two piles as there are two different angles in each triangle so you end up with two stuts with one angle and one strut with another angle per triangle. It is not a problem unless you mix the two piles up.
Here is the triangles I have constructed so far. There are basically two types of triangle in the dome. One type makes hexagons and the other pentagons. All the pentagon triangles are made so just a few more hexagon triangles and that will be it.
I will be ordering the plastic today so hopefully we will begin covering the panels next week but it all depends on the weather.