My plans for the 12ft & 16ft Camping Yurts will be ready for 2012. The plans are very detailed and show exactly how to make all the wood parts.
The woodwork is pretty basic, but you will need a table saw to rip the wood to size. A router and drill press are very useful and will save you hours of manual labor, but they are not essential.
Wood selection is very important as most construction lumber is green, full of knots and may twist or warp when cut to size. You are better of going to a mill or more specialist lumber yard and get the best wood you can afford. Fir is very strong, Cedar is very light but more expensive.
Buying wood from Home Depot or Lowes will be cheaper, but you will waste a lot. If you have to buy form a home improvement store, see about getting "Select Structural" (SS). This is the absolutely lowest quality wood I would buy to make a yurt. It is green and will have knots, but it will be better than what is on offer. It would probably be a special order. Getting good wood is very important as knots weaken the wood and will break easily.
The plans do not include how to sew the canvas as this requires an industrial sewing machine and skill to operate it. The plans also do not show how to make the lightweight laminated ring that I manufacture. It requires a sophisticated mold which is completely impractical to build for just one ring, so I show how to build a block ring. A little more traditional, but much heavier and not as attractive as mine.
Of all the plans I have sold only one person decieded not to buy the ring and canvas from me and it is for this reason why I don't show how to sew the canvas. Without the right machine it's viurtually impossible.
The plans are $20, but If you buy the ring or canvas from me, they are free. If you need help or advice I am always available by phone to answer questions and give advice - it's nice to talk to fellow Yurt lovers:-)
I sell all the parts for a yurt so if you want wood, canvas, straps rope etc etc, let me know.
If you are interested in the plans, please contact me