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This is my take on cardboard furniture. I made a coffee table previously, but it did have problems. I hope I've fixed those problems in this version. It's a monopod  - it has just one foot. This has a big flat base so that when it's in use it can be pushed out of the way. Hopefully this has got rid of any weakness where the legs join on to the top. My table is decorated with discarded chocolate bar wrappers - but you can choose your own decoration.
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials and tools

Cardboard is the main thing you need. Before I started this build, we got a new cooker delivered. Luckily for me it came with two big bits of cardboard, top and bottom, both built like shallow boxes. The top was polystyrene reinforced with lovely bits of wood. Added to this pile of scrap, I added some stout boxes I was hoarding in the garage.

My original fascination for working with cardboard was the way the corrugations could be reinforced by gluing two layers together at right angles. I've since learned (the hard way) that the weakest point is the folds where the box flaps are. You can see here that I've reinforced them.

The only tools I used were a tenon saw, a hammer and  chisel, a file, a box-cutter knife, some big scissors and some wood glue.

:D Very interesting. I like it very much. I'd worry that if something got it wet, but thats what costers are for right?
Grahamwithimps (author)  buttcheekman1 year ago
Actually the sticky back plastic seemed to work really well at protecting it. You tend to be a bit more careful in mopping up spills quickly but they weren't a problem!
Ah, I see.
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Very nice n_n
But it's not a coffee table unless it can pass the knee test and bruise an unsuspecting knee. Is it strong enough to handle clumsy people like me?
Side impacts are probably OK. The only thing that killed it was small children climbing on the edge - the power of leverage. But the cardboard has some give - it probably won't give you a good bruise ;-)
mary candy4 years ago
I like very much such furniture
Icalasari4 years ago
I'm going to make one of these when I move out As for the top, it seems like one could merely cut off the tip of the pyramid and put another sheet of cardboard on
Grahamwithimps (author) 4 years ago
Thank you for all your comments! In the last few days we've discovered a flaw - it's really hard to play board games because of the small pyramid in the middle. Although, I suppose you could build a truncated pyramid and have the whole table top flat. Might be stronger too...
rather spiffy actually. if you glued a thin piece of wood down each corner fold and a block of wood in each crner you could put recyled chair wheels in the 4 corners, and then it is a mobile occasional table. This beats the pants off my friends idea of filling various old boxes with her hubbies old text books and mags and using them for end tables by a couch. She took really nice fabric cut a circle, hemmed it, and draped it over the boxes. They were very strong and totally tossable when move time came. sparkie
Grahamwithimps (author)  spark master4 years ago
Yeah, one of the faults with my original coffee table was that it kept getting nudged out of the way and that weakened it. When I made this one, I was very careful to keep the pyramid sides a tiny bit shorter so they don't quite reach the floor. That way it's flat cardboard on carpet, and it gets pushed and dragged around quite happily!
Replay4 years ago
this is great! im definitely making this one seeing that my current coffee table is literally just a box lol
SushiFish4 years ago
So the table is not 100% cardboard? CHEATER. Just kidding I gonna try to make this. You explained everything perfectly. GREAT UPLOAD!
Lindie4 years ago
Very cool! Great job!
JosePablo4 years ago
Great Project!!! I will try to do it!
kelseymh4 years ago
What a great project! Thank you for the level of detail, enough for someone else to (hopefully!) reproduce it.