Shelters

Homeless sleeping pod #2

April 11, 2019

  On the first pod base I used three recycled pallets. Here I’m experimenting with 2×2’s for the base frame, later adding 1/2″ OSB for the floor. This proved too weak. On the final version I used four treated 2×4’s and 1/2″ OSB sheeting. This proved very robust. Although costing a bit more, going this route saved…

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DIY dog house

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! This two sheet fluted plastic shelter is held together with zip ties and is great for non-chewing large dogs, or as a play house for the youngsters! For hot summer days ventilation flaps were added to the rear, and the front wall. To secure this light weight structure to the ground,…

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Nomad bicycle camper

April 11, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! The Nomad bicycle camper was fashioned after the Homeless emergency shelter using just the strength of the arced panels to hold the structure up. This kept construction simple and kept the weight down to 60 pounds, loaded with foam pad, stove, and bins. t The front of the camper was…

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Homeless sleeping pod

April 11, 2019

I wanted to make an inexpensive sleeping pod that a church or homeless advocate organization could install outside for wintertime use. Some homeless prefer living outside rather than sleeping around nefarious strangers or dealing with the rules some religious backed shelters impose. I started with two 40″ by 48″ pallets. I used the boards from…

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Homeless push cart

April 11, 2019

Several years ago the website Design Boom reached out to designers around the world to come up with the ultimate homeless pushcart. The common grocery cart is great for toting stuff around, but it lacks, amongst other things, a place to sleep. Some of the designers made great computer renderings while others made nice models. Only a…

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Push Cart

March 28, 2019

Here’s a little push cart I made using 2 sheets of fluted plastic and some 1×2 lumber for the shell frame. I used button head screws to attach the paneling and 3″ wide Gorilla duct tape to cover the seams. Here too you can see the 4 soffit vents attached to the back wall for…

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Homeless Emergency Shelter

March 28, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! I was wondering what space could be made by arcing a sheet of fluted plastic lengthwise. After a few drawings this is what I came up with. It’s made using 4 sheets of 4mm fluted plastic. I purchase my material at a plastics supply store which has the sheets in…

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Burningman foam board Teepee

March 28, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! This is a 4 sheet 1-1/2″ thick rapid deployment shelter I made for sleeping quarters at Burningman. It worked out great. Sometimes you didn’t’ know it was windy outside until you open the door! Many thanks to the unknown neighbor who was kind enough to striking a pose! It had…

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Coro Teepee

March 26, 2019

For PDF plans, click here! After making a shelter of similar design for Burningman using foil backed foam board insulation, I wanted to make one using fluted plastic, or Corrugated plastic. I call this the Coro Teepee. For the most part the Teepee is made using 4 sheets of 4mm fluted plastic and Gorilla…

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