This rocket is constructed in much the same way as the checkerboard sections of the Saturn V style rocket. In this spaceship, however, I used a slightly different technique to make the staves, one that I think is both easier and safer than the method I used in the Saturn V.
Oh, and be prepared to spend a LOT of time hand sanding.
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Please note: Woodworking is an inherently dangerous activity. The non-woodworking techniques described here aren't all that safe, either. Sharp tools, powerful motors, big lumps of wood, chemicals, fumes, etc. can cause you serious bodily injury or even death. These pages are NOT meant as a substitute for instruction by a qualified teacher, just as an illustration of how I do certain things. I take no responsibility for any mishaps you may experience during a fit of inspiration. You've been warned.
All text and photos of "Rocket Science 203: Making a staved-body spaceship" are c. 2011 Johnna Y. Klukas, all rights reserved.
Page last updated 14 December 2011