Template for Standard Cloudbuster
The following image was created by Don Croft to describe the construction of the three wood templates required for a cloudbuster.
Make three copies, one for each size wood template.
DO NOT USE THIS IMAGE - FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY
TEMPLATE MAKING USING COMPASS:
|Use Compass to get radius of bucket bottom|
|Using that radius, draw circle on wood, then place pipe inside circle to get radius of pipe circle|
|Then, using same radius, draw circle for top template.|
|[To get the 6 pipe positions] Using same radius put compass point anywhere on circle and draw a curve to cut the circle either side.|
|Then move around circle doing the same. Strangely enough, you then get 6 points on the circle, which must be why the CB works best with 6 pipes.|
|6 points on bottom template.
Do the same for top template.
Then draw circle around centre of bottom template--you then cut that out, and also cut away more wood between the pipe holes----see drawing above.
|After finding 6 pipe positions (not shown here),
put pipe on top circle to get radius for outside of top template.
Below is the method explained again (for a hexagon in this case):
Picking any point on the circle as the center, draw another circle of the same radius. From the two points of intersection, draw circles and . Finally, draw centered on the intersection of circles and . The six circle-circle intersections then determine the vertices of a regular hexagon.