Picture of Giant Fn Computer Key Stool/Chair
Extreme Geek Valentine's Day gift.  Give the Fn key to your heart. Use it as a footrest and show some love to your tired doggies or else use it and pamper your significant other with a footrub. Truly functional and multipurpose.  Yeah, you could buy this thing with $$$ but the best gifts are made with love XOXO.

What is this meaning behind this? You can start looking at  Lithium Rain's xkcdian SkiFree 'F key pendant instructable.  You have to get your own Fn key.   What's love got to do with it? Maybe ask singer Tina Turner.  

This is made entirely from recycled box cardboard. Be good to Planet Earth.

WARNING: This seating device has not been tested with IKEA's repetitive sitting test to conform to any industry safety or durability standards and has not determined what the maximum static and dynamic load capacity is.  Your mileage may vary. Implement at your own risk.
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Step 1: Glue, paper, scissors...

Picture of Glue, paper, scissors...
Doing cardboard projects like this requires a lot of glue.  The cardboard is porous and there is a lot of area to cover.  Thinning out glue with water helps with being frugal but it weakens the glue.   I used about 4 small bottles of school glue.  It helps to buy it in the quart size to refill the small ones.

You can search for "wheatpaste" to make a batch of homemade glue which others have used in making cardboard furniture.

Most cardboard furniture tends to be heavy masses of cardboard but this design gets it strength from parts tied together similar to an I-beam.  The Fn computer key stool is essentially a trapezoidal box with an internal reinforcing structure.  Reinforcement comes from a standing pipe with radial fins connected to the shell of the seat. 

We will take thin sheets of cardboard and laminate them into a thicker and stronger material.  Try to alernate the "grain" or the direction the internal corrugations are running in each layer to get the most strength just like a sheet of plywood. 

The walls of the seat should be at least 3 layers of cardboard to make it sufficently stiff for a chair.  The sides should not bend in when you press on it.  If it does, just glue another crossgrain piece on the back to reinforce it.  This could even be done with thinner IKEA cardboard box remnants, just add more layers.

It would be nice to have big perfect sheets of clean cardboard to work with but as you will see, you can piece together scraps from smaller boxes into what we need.  The outside cover paper is peeled from the cardboard for use as paper mache for a smooth finish.

The cardboard needed for this project is probably about 4 or 5 medium sized Amazon shipping boxes.

Slice and Dice
You can use heavy duty scissors or a utility knife to cut the cardboard.  Be careful with sharp instruments.  Cut over a scrap piece of plywood or a few layers of cardboard to protect your flooring or carpet.

It may help to have clamps, a stapler, and some tape just to hold some parts together as you try to glue up the structure.

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Wired_Mist1 month ago


I may Just make the "Any" key !

Nice I'ble; Got a laugh from me !

ElvenChild3 years ago
Thanks for the link CaitlinsDad, I should have known that you never get mad unlike me who loses control all the time. Get it?
We really should get an fn page for bad puns... Seriously this is no yoke, it aint punny.

I guess I just lost control. I felt like I was out of options... Sort of like it was a command.

I suppose I should shift my thoughts to something more important like paying off my tab at the Instructables restaurant...

0 well, I will return after I escape. (That last one was worse then the rest, wasn't it?) 

End. Just go home.

(Not a troll, more puns)

ElvenChild3 years ago
How do you make the Robot shown in step one?
caitlinsdad (author)  ElvenChild3 years ago
techno guy4 years ago
What is Fn
caitlinsdad (author)  techno guy4 years ago
Fn depends.
zack2474 years ago
at first sight, i thought this was made from Fn styrofoam, Fn great job on making it, i should make one of these!
poi_pai5 years ago
Hehe, Fn A!
caitlinsdad (author)  poi_pai5 years ago
Get with the Fn program.
Yeah Fn right....
shut the Fn up!
You're Fn doing it wrong...
Fn hell!!!
homestuck4 years ago
this is so cool!
slithien4 years ago
lol i never knew my laptop had o fn key until i saw this :)
twocvbloke4 years ago
You need to make a "Ctrl" version too, cos when you're sat in it, you can say you're "in control"... :P
caitlinsdad (author)  twocvbloke4 years ago
You sit in this and you are in Fn control...
chabias4 years ago
Love the "soylent brown". LMAO!!!
arpoky4 years ago
Looks more like a V-19 Torrent Starfighter...
farzadbayan4 years ago
Nice !
jamesdude4 years ago
Yup, this is pretty Fn cool.
bertus52x114 years ago
You should make one that says "Any Key" (as in " press any key").
caitlinsdad (author)  bertus52x114 years ago
They're all the same Fn key.
J@50n5 years ago
You should make a whole keyboard of them and somehow hook them all up to work on a computer. that would rock!  that would take a lot of paper though to make all the letters!
Wasagi J@50n4 years ago
 and you could hop around to type!
Kasm279 J@50n5 years ago
102 Fn pieces :) 
caitlinsdad (author)  J@50n5 years ago
Too many Fn keys to make.
haha, if you were to try how many weeks or days or months do you think it would take?
caitlinsdad (author)  J@50n5 years ago
Too Fn long.

It took about two evenings to make. Had to wait for the glue and paint to dry. Give it a shot.
don't have any much cardboard. :(
Kiteman J@50n5 years ago
You could get all your friends (or, failing that, classmates) to make a key each.

Derin Kiteman5 years ago
Give your students these keys as homework. LOL
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
 That is good Fn key advice.
J@50n Kiteman5 years ago
 haha, failed the first one :P.  Ill try it...
That Fn stinks.
caitlinsdad (author)  Chromatica5 years ago
Don't Fn knock it until you try it...oh, you were talking about not having enough Fn cardboard.
Yeah! Gosh get it Fn right.
Nxtfari5 years ago
I know, I wish i had a Fn Laptop so I could use the Fn Actual Fn Key!
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