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    4 Responses to Plywood Hexayurt in London

    1. Sasha
      July 16, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      Doesn’t look very impressive!

    2. Sasha
      July 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

      And that is maybe one of the core problems with appropriate technology stuff. It does not look “cool”.

    3. August 11, 2009 at 11:55 am


      I, too, have been thinking of using wood blocks for a plywood hexayurt. I used small patches of sheet metal on my last one, but did not get sufficiently tight seams. I would make blocks 1.5″ x 3″ (much smaller than the London hexayurt’s blocks), and cut a 120 degree in them. I would put at least 5 along each edge (like with my metal patches), depending on thickness of material. before screwing them all the way in, while there was still a gap between the panels, I would caulk between the panels to get a good seal.

      Cool that they used recycled wood and just threw it together to prove the concept of the method. I really like the slight overhang, too. However, I think it best to put the door at least 4″ from the joint so you are not joining wall sections and making a door frame in the same place. It’s complicated and weak. I think the door opening should be a hole in the wall section, completely surrounded by plywood–at least 1.5″ at the top and bottom, reinforced by a 1×2 (.75″ x 1.5″ piece of fir).

    4. Jeeves
      July 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      … and that’s why you don’t build them out of plywood.

      The Hexacomb method is the way to go. Works better, looks better, and a lot easier to carry around.


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