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Carpet Tube Lincoln Log style log fort or house

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When the school I teach at finished a new campus and moved into it, I saved as many of the large cardboard tubes from flooring that I could. I'm an art teacher and I always try to save good junk, even if I don't know what I'll use it for. The last time our school moved, more than ten years ago, I saved some of the carpet tubes and made a jungle in one of the hallways. I had similar plans for these tubes, but my wife intervened. She is the principal of our Early Childhood Center (age 3 through kindergarten) and wanted a set of giant Lincoln Logs for the kids to build with. After spending some time searching online for a free plan or tutorial on how to make them and not finding one, I sat down and figured it out myself, first with paper towel tubes and then with the flooring tubes. The tubes I used mostly came from a linoleum-type flooring, but any large tubes would work, I think, probably even PVC pipes. PVC pipes would be good for an outdoor fort, whereas carpet tubes would obviously last longer indoors than out. Fortunately, this project was designed to be used in an indoor playroom.
I am a teacher, and my job is to share knowledge and teach skills to others. I get annoyed when others won't freely do that also, and so I am now going to freely share with you what I have learned the long way. I hope it will save you some time and that you'll have fun with this project.
 
 
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AWSOME!!! I WANT TO MAKE THAT
tjbanjo (author)  Loganator123458 months ago
Thanks! I love it when I make something and somebody else wants to make it, too. That's when I know it really was a good idea.
That is just epic
Lori21610 months ago
I love this! I bet the carpet and linoleum people never thought about this happening with the tubes. Great job and free materials, too!
tjbanjo (author)  Lori21610 months ago
Thanks! I keep lots of junk and reuse it later. I just wish I had a lot more space to store more valuable junk!
tjbanjo (author) 10 months ago
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone.
I think I know what you (ksdtoday) mean with the cup holders. That would look good.
velorna10 months ago
Awesome!!!! The kids must love it.... I would have, still do lol
ksdtoday11 months ago
cup holders from starbucks for a roof
HoneyBaer11 months ago
I love that you let the kids help/use power tools. Great job, dad!
The Rambler11 months ago
This. Is. Awesome. Now I want a gazillion carpet tubes so I can make a monstrous fort!
bob303011 months ago
Great job. I always like recycling/repurpose projects. Well done.
ajensen1911 months ago
Awesome. You should build towers of those things and have castle wars.
GhettoEngineer11 months ago
That is the most awesome thing I've ever seen! Do I need to have kids in order to build this?
tjbanjo (author)  GhettoEngineer11 months ago
I don't think you need kids in order to build it, just use more tubes and make it taller. :D
safay11 months ago
Wow! This is great!
darman1211 months ago
Awesome, I love playing with Lincoln logs!
jessyratfink11 months ago
This is so fantastic. :D What a great use of those tubes!