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#26 KennFromTX

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:46 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:48 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:50 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 02:51 PM

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Posted 16 December 2016 - 04:09 PM

Very interesting build. Keep the images coming! Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 01:24 PM

This is a great build ! Thx for sharing ! :waytogo:


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 02:02 AM

I'm looking forward to more pictures, is it possible to supply any measurements and or drawings. Great job. Can't what to see the finished dome. Keep up the great work.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:01 AM

Ok guys i was able to put in a little more work on the dome, gotta take advantage of this Texas weather. So i started on the dome ring base, originally i was going to make the height of the base 1' tall but it seemed like it was too high especially after i put the fixed castors on it so i ended up taking off 6" to keep it more low profile. Were expecting rain tomorrow so i had to tarp up the dome and ring. Next up is sheeting up of the ring on the outside and making the base that will go on the walls of the observatory, then fiberglass... so close yet so far lol. Enjoy and Clear Skies      WP_20161226_13_34_24_Pro.jpg



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:02 AM

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:03 AM

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:05 AM

Here's a pic of my ugly mug, and rings for size comparison. WP_20161228_11_51_39_Pro.jpg


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:08 AM

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:10 AM

I was planning on putting 4 fixed castors rated at 175lbs load capacity but i think 6 will do, maybe a little overkill but it will work.                WP_20161228_14_11_42_Pro.jpg



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:12 AM

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:18 AM

Rain approaches, had to cover up the dome so that's it for construction until it clears up, Till then Clear Skies.WP_20161228_16_03_51_Pro 1.jpg



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:42 PM

Looking good Ken!  I'm curious what you've estimated the final, completed cost to be because it looks like you're frugal and saved a bunch with some reclaimed wood etc.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:23 AM

Weather cleared up for a bit so i went ahead and covered up the dome ring base, this is where the castors will sit on.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:24 AM

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:17 PM

You're doing a great job Kenn. Are you planning on a round base (building) or a square one. I built a 9 1/2 foot dome about 25 years ago. I put it on a square building about 5' tall (it was already existing) Having the extra space inside in the corners was really nice. Just a thought.
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