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The playhouse-sized yurt [Sep. 6th, 2007|07:03 pm]
As I mentioned yesterday, I thought I could build a kid-sized Yurt with a 6'6" internal diameter, 4' wall height and approximate 6' highest internal height, using premade components available at the local hardware store. These components wound up being:

4 - 4'x6' bamboo flex trellis, (4 x $7.40 (on sale, down from $13)) for the 'hana' (the walls) 
1 - 25 pack of 4' long bamboo plant stakes for the 'oiyn' (the rafters) ($3.19)
2 - 25 packs 6" nylon zip ties (2 x $1.98)
1 - 5 gallon bucket lid for the 'tono' (the roof ring) ($2.99)
3 - 4' cedar 2x2 deck rails (for the door frame)
4 - 2.5" wood screws (4 x $.20)

I will say now that if I was doing it again, and had unlimited funds, I'd 1) have bought 6'x6' lattice panels, and 5' (or 6') dowels or bamboo for the rafters, as this would permit a taller and wider end result. however this is more than big enough for 4 kids to play in. I would also buy weather-treated duck fabric for the walls and roof.

Also needed: 1 hobbi-hack handsaw, 1 measuring tape, 1 power drill, assorted drill bits, string, a 30' chunk of rope for the belly band, 6 yards of fabric for the walls, and 1 king sized fitted sheet for the roof.

The yurt from the outside, showing how the girls immediately hung umbrellas from the walls and used them for 'storage'.

The yurt from the outside, through the doorway, before the fabric wall was draped on. The child inside is Victoria.

I tied the 4 panels together with zip ties

I attached the ends of the 'hana' to the door frame with zip ties, notching the bamboo to keep the zip ties from slipping.

The door frame, showing my haphazard cutting job and how I screwed the frame together. Also showing the 'belly band' made of (I think) a clothesline. I found it in the garage.

Outside looking in through the door, showing the lattice wall.

Outside with flannel covering, showing doorway. This flannel was left over from when I used to make 'choticloaks'. Nobody ever wanted a brown one, so I still (still!) have probably 18 yards of the brown fabric left.

Outside with flannel covering draped over the 'hana' (wall).

The 'tono' from directly underneath, showing the spoke pattern.

The 'tono' from underneath, showing the rafter-ends inserted into the holes, from the outside.

The 'tono' from underneath, showing the holes drilled to hold the ends of the rafters, from the inside.

Method: First, I connected the four panels, then raised them and curved them into a circle. They tended to want to be square. Then Emmaline and I built the doorframe and figured out how best to attach the wall-ends to it. Then I cut the center out of the bucket-lid, drilled holes around the outer edge, and figured out how to attach the rafters to the wall. Finally we came up with the method of putting fabric on the roof and walls. Each of these steps took lots of trial and error, of course. Total time? Maybe 3 hours.

[User Picture]From: chotii
2007-09-07 02:20 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ogier30
2007-09-07 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks really cool. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-09 04:26 am (UTC)


It looks like so much fun to play in!
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