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Stationary Shelters

Hexadome

April 14, 2019

This six sided dome was made using 8 sheets of 4mm thick recycled campaign signs and duct tape. Similar to my Octatipi in construction, the sides on this shelter flare out giving you more interior head space. The floor uses two 4×8 ft. campaign sign, bent up at the edges and housed inside the walls…

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Bug screen tent canopy

April 12, 2019

I took a canopy made for beds and make an outdoor nook for my wife and I to sit in and enjoy the summer, bug free. For the stakes I cut 10 ft rebar lengths in two, then I cut an X in tennis balls and slipped them over the stake ends. I draped the…

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Burningman box shelter

April 12, 2019

This was my first use of Coroplast, or better known as fluted plastic or plastic cardboard. This 2-1/2 sheet 4 ft square box used 2×2’s for corner framing. Button head screws fastened the panels to the frame. For transport the shelter was made modular. All I had to do was attach the corner frame to…

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Recycled Campaign sign shelter

April 11, 2019

    This 4 ft high by 8 ft long shelter was built almost exclusively from recycled election campaign signs including the lumber and hardware. Attached to the exterior green house is a pole that holds the gravity fed solar shower bag positioned toward the sun. Rain water is harvested for taking showers. To keep…

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Burningman micro shelter

April 11, 2019

This 3 sheet 1″ thick Gorilla duct taped shelter hasn’t made it to Burningman, but was designed for playa use. Having a plywood top creates anchoring points for tie down lines, and makes it strong enough to sit on top, at least for me. If you’re heavier than 175 pounds I’d go with 1-1/2″ thick…

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Burningman foam board shelter

April 11, 2019

  The 1″ thick Pyramid from the year before proved a little time consuming to erect, so I came up with this quick deployment 9 sided shelter using 1-1/2″ thick foam board. It’s a bit smaller than the pyramid but we were still able to have a table for cooking and cozy seating for five…

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Burningman pyramid shelter

April 11, 2019

This was my first try making foam board shelters. I have to credit Vina Gupta for developing the foam board Hexayurts. But I wanted something original, so I chose a 12′ square pyramid to hang out in and an octagonal teepee for the bedroom. old buddy GI Joe was instrumental in modeling my idea. The middle…

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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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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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