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Old 04-11-2011, 08:59 AM
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Hi,
Could anyone tell me how to build this tool??

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Old 04-11-2011, 04:45 PM
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There's multiple threads about how it's built. Perhaps spending some quality time over in the Tool section of the forum. Good luck and post some pics of your tool!
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:51 PM
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I didn't use one. I thought I might make one when the time came, but I never got around to it because things went pretty quick once I got going. On the higher courses, I just stook a cinder block on it's side to support a course in prgress. worked pretty well.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:01 PM
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Could anyone tell me how to build this tool??
Like Paul in Rockwall , I also didn't use one even though I finished Hendo's oven (the member who introduced this tool to the forum) after he died. If you check out my build, I used a quarter section of a 40" plywood disk to shape my dome which all happened in 2 days. I don't feel that the dome needs to be so precise nor perfect semi circular to perform well or best, so long as it is close and structurally sound.
I even stood up on top of my dome as soon as I placed the final keystone into place and it will stand almost forever.
This 'indispensable tool' increases your build time considerably and serves no real useful purpose but do a search to evaluate it for yourself, There are many postings and several threads with them in.
Check out the following for a starter

http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f28/...idea-2573.html (Hendo's dome gauge -- nice idea)
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:08 PM
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Thankyou for the info and the advice
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I used one during my build for about 3 quarters of the way but definitely felt that a length of string or a single piece of plywood profiling 1/2 of the dome could have provided good gauging as well.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:23 PM
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If you prefer the jig-like results an indispensable tool can provide, there are a number of builders here who have made elegant indispensable tools out of wood.
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