Building a Yurt: The Walls

Complete tutorial video below

Yurt walls

When I started researching the cost of building a yurt. I found that the most cost effective way to get the wood for your lattice wall was to rip down 8' 2X4 studs to 3/8". They need to be the full 96" studs not the pre-cut studs. I wont go into full detail on how to do this but if you lack a basic knowledge of how to use a table say just buy the 1x2x8 furring strips of your choice. Steam bend them (I will be doing this with nicer wood someday and will post a tutorial) and then keep reading. The nice thing about the 3/8" lattice slats is they are far more flexable and will not need to be steam bent.

Next you want to mark your lattice slats.
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Mark all the way down the board. I like to mark the top board of each stack of 2x4. You can then drill through all of them at once instead of one at a time.

Now that you have all the slats drilled. You will want to start getting together the cuts below. I would sugguest following the pattern in the video so you will have less waste.

All the cuts you need to make to Build one 20' wall
2 x 16" ---- 2 x 76"
2 x 26" ---- 2 x 66"
2 x 36" ---- 2 x 56"

2 x 46"
2 x 86"
28 x 96"

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Now you can lay out the slats according to the patern drawn above. Be sure when you build each wall to lay each wall the same. I found it was easyer to join the walls I layed the same together.

Realy all that is left is to start joining all the cross sections. I used hemp cord. you could do this or use a bolt with a lock nut. using the method I show in the video will add support at each joint when weight is added from the roof. you will not get this support from a nut and bolt. But I have not tried it so I couldn't say for sure if it will cause any issues.