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Custom Briefcase

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You've always wanted a briefcase. You know you have.
But with all the options of different pockets and colors and designs which should you choose? Plus there is usually a pretty penny to spend for one.

Solution? Make one yourself! With recycled materials you get to save the planet and your purse, and make your briefcase exactly how you want it.



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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials
-Cardboard - I used the bottom from a case of water bottles, and the packaging from some good 'ol Ramen Noodles
-News papers
-White glue and other adhesives of choice - I used white glue and tacky glue
-water
-Tyvec
-Nylon strapping

Tools
-knife
-scissors
-bowl to mix in
-something to mix with, preferably disposable

Optional Tools/Supplies
-torch
-rivets
-rivet gun
-pliers

**You may also want items that you plan to carry in your new briefcase to size up with**

Step 2: Ruler...Scalpel..

Trim your boxes until they are [roughly] the same heights. This was pretty easy for me because the Ramen box had low edges that I cut level with.

Trim your boxes to the same dimensions LxW. Lucky for me, my boxes had nearly the same width, which is exactly what I want. Unfortunately though, the lengths were different. To fix this, cut a strip from the middle of the longer box. Make sure the strip you remove makes the new length just a bit shorter than the length of the other box.

Repair the damages. Using the strip you just cut, make a few small pieces to cross the gap and keep both halves together. Stick 'um down with tacky glue.

Since the cardboard bottom from the case of water bottles didn't have square corners, I had to separate bend and rejoin them to be square.
This is cool im gonna try making one If i have two small boxes
lemonie5 years ago
When I made this helmet, I secured the straps with more glue and paper - I think this might be better than pop-rivets, or perhaps good in addition? L
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hahahaha Halloween come early
rogers236 (author)  lemonie5 years ago
I thought about just using glue and maybe more paper or tyvec, but since this is supposed to hold a little bit of weight (and because I like using pop-rivets) I chose to use rivets. Neat mask.
I like pop-rivets, but I hate cheap guns that fall apart on every 'pop' while you're trying to build a roof... L
Doctor What5 years ago
Unfortunately, I don't have a rivet gun. Is there a better solution, or should I use lemonie's idea of just more paper and glue? BTW, excellent. I'm making one tonight! (5'd and fav'd)
rogers236 (author)  Doctor What5 years ago
Thanks! Instead of rivets, you could try glue. I'd suggest cutting a slit in the card board, pulling a little bit of the strapping back towards the opening (like the letter U) and then gluing. You could also tape or staple it as well.