After seeing the stuff in Assassin's Creed Revelations, I was really impressed with what the makers of the game put into it. I wanted to make a really good hookblade, but apparently it would be illegal to make a bladed weapon that uses springs or some mechanics that let the blade come out by itself instead of gravity. So after some thought, I decided to do the next best thing. Make the Bomb Crafting Table, but out of cardboard! (i had no money to make it out of wood.)
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Tools you will need-
Pencil w/ eraser
Cardboard (Depending on a custom size, you should get a large box)
Small & Medium Size Paper Clips
It would be good to have extras of some of these materials in case you mess up.
Step 2: Making the Door/Table
Make the size of the door/table out of one piece of cardboard. I made mine about 13"x16". Next, cut a few strips of cardboard about 1 1/2"-2" and stack them to the desired thickness. This way you can make the door hollow so that you can insert the lock into the inside of the door. When making the layers, put some glue and 2-3 skewers inbetween each layer to add durability to the frame of the door. I added strips of tape inbetween layers to keep them secured to the back and front of the door. Keep a strip or two if you need to cut and add more.
I thought of adding the back layer of the door to make it complete in thickness, I realized that is a bad thing to do. So before you add the back of the door, MAKE SURE THE LOCK IS SECURED INTO THE DOOR BEFORE YOU PUT ON THE BACK!!!
The Lock I shall explain in a later step. But before the next step, tape up three edges of the door. The fourth edge will be for the top side.
Step 3: Making the Inside
To make the inner space for the table, get a piece of cardboard that is larger than the size of the door. A bit of papercraft technique will be very helpful here. Place the door in the middle or your large piece, and mark the edges down with your pencil. Then, Take a ruler and mark out the areas where you'll make the walls. Make your makings a little further from the actual dimensions so the door will slide in and out of the inside with ease. Using either the knife to the multi-tool or scissors, cut off the excess corners to make the walls.
Now we have to thicken the walls to make them more sturdy! But were not thickening the inside, just the outside. First, measure how deep you want the inside to be, then make some cardboard pieces that are as wide as the chosen depth. So Measure Twice, Cut Once! I made mine 5" deep inside. When you have about 4 or 8 pieces for the walls, measure a few inches from one side and make a mark indicating a line to score. This way, you can have overhang to fortify the corners.
Tape up the walls so you can add the pieces without difficulty. Then glue and tape the wall pieces onto the exterior of the box you just made.
Step 4: Making the Lock
First, with some excess cardboard that you cut from previous steps, cut a circle about 3" in diameter. A compass will be handy here! Make 2 more, you'll see why soon. Since the lock is going to be something basic (you can change it up if you wanna when i explain the rest), make a hole in the center that's a certain shape. I went with a slot. Simple enough. One of the three circles you cut out is going to be a ring to glue inbetween the two circles. This way there's a space to input a small piece of cardboard to act as a tooth so the lock will turn. Make sure to make a mark on the back showing where the tooth is inside of the lock before you glue everything together. One more thing to do is to take a brad and put it on the opposite side of the tooth, having it stick outside the back of the lock.
With a small paper clip and a skewer, we're going to make the lock arm that closes the door. as shown by the pics, its pretty simple.
Step 5: Installing the Lock Into the Door
To get the lock into position, we must first attend to the skewer lever part that was made at Step 4. So take the Multi-tool's knife and cut a slit in a layer of cardboard as shown in the picture.
Next, we gotta get the lock something to spin in without it getting dislodged. So take some cardboard and medium paper clips to make another ring. You'll need a cardboard strip as shown in the picture, because im having a hard time thinking of an accurate description for it. Make a circle with the lock where you want it to be (I put mine in the center of the door.) and poke some holes with the medium paper clips. For every paper clip you use, cut it in half so you have two "securing pins" to work with, as shown.
With the pins in place a slight distance outside the circle, push them into the cardboard door. Take the strip and slide it onto the pins, then fold them down. I taped mine to the door so they wont move as much. If youre wondering why the lock won't rotate when you move the skewer, its because the lock has no axis for it to rotate on. That's where the key comes in (I do believe i stated the obvious there, or somthing.)
Now secure the back of the door with the final layer of cardboard, thus keeping the lock in place!
Step 6: Attaching the Door to the Body
To make hinges for the door, I took some brads and two halves of a skewer, taped 'em together, and got what is shown in the first picture. To attach the hinges, place the door in the opening of the body, keeping the skewer pin inside the door. If you can't twist the lock, then you might wanna make the key before you get to this part. Anyway, Make a small hole on each side of the body to where the hinges are meant to go. You should be able to get the hinges to fit in the door with a bit of work. Put some string hinges on the sides so that the door doesn't open at too much of an angle, if need be. Last but not least, Cut a slot in the top of the body so the skewer can keep the door from opening.
One more step. Shelving.
Step 7: Adding Shelves
Get your ruler and start with a line 6" from the bottom of the body, then do two 3" increments from the 6" line going up. With some spare cardboard, make 3-3 1/2" wide strips that expand the width of the interior. Then take some medium paper clips with which to make supports out of, as shown.By aligning the paperclips with the lines, poke some holes with each paperclip support. Keep in mind that the spacing between holes may be different if you don't bend the clips at a certain length, which is what i didn't do, but it still works.
Step 8: Finished!
Now that you have made a Poor Man's Bomb Crafting Table, theres actually a number of things you can do with it! its not much of a workbench, but alteration and improvement is advised. Mainly because its made of cardboard and not wood. But still, Its just as good.
Ill probably modify this and make it look cooler in the future. But for now, Im going to get some food.