Not a box Oak icosahedron

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Project by jonsajerk posted 11-06-2012 12:11 AM 4948 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have been really wanting to build some geodetic domes to make light pendents and mostly for the heck of it. Now i got a few and cant bring my self to drill them for lights. Pretty easy build 15 equilateral triangles cut on the chop saw. Then I put a 20 degree bevel on the bench sander. It technically should be 18 degree bevel, but I found that the 20 made it nice and tight on the outside of the joints. Inside had a little gappage just filled it with glue. Assembled with glue, tape and some time.

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 01:09 AM

Looks great! I have messed with geodesic domes since the mid 1970’s . Getting the joints to fit accurately is not easy. Congratulations!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 01:39 AM


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#3 posted 11-06-2012 01:46 AM

Those are really neat!! I can see why you don’t want to drill holes in them. Nice project!....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 05:18 AM


Very well done.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 01:22 PM

Not sure you noticed, but your photo assistant photo-bombed your shot… :-)

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 11:45 PM

Those are really cool – thanks for the angles!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 01:49 PM

I love these shapes. There’s something about them that intrigues me. Maybe its the conglomeration of simple shapes (triangle) that create a complex shape (icosahedron) that approximates a simple shape (sphere). So cool! The closest I’ve ever come to creating one of these is sticking a bunch of toothpicks into a bunch of globs of hot glue.

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#8 posted 11-11-2012 03:55 PM

These are cool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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