Hanging Bookshelf From Cardboard Tubes

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Introduction: Hanging Bookshelf From Cardboard Tubes

i made this shelf out of thick cardboard tubes in 2002.

i found the tubes in the trash, left over from fabric bolts. maybe ask a local fabric store if they have any. i was living in LA, if you live there, you can find loads of these downtown near 9th and maple.

i wrapped string around each tube, connecting it to the next one, similar to bamboo mats. i wish i had step-by-step pics, but i don't. if i remember correctly each shelf is 5 tubes deep.

next i painted them with leftoever green house paint with watery blue acryllic on top, to give it more of a bamboo effect. the housepaint helped solidify the twine so the tubes didn't rotate in the string.

finally i drilled some holes in the ends and hung it from ceiling rafters.

i eventually sold this on craigslist when we moved...maybe i'll see it online somewhere else.

it held up really well. those books were really heavy.

here's the large image on flickr: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/41/79174121_cb5c9cac29_b.jpg

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    Hey, I work in a fabric store! They usually don't let people take the tubes home(so they can be re-purposed in-store) but if I can get my hands on some want me to try making this so there's instructions for it?

    Yeah, I'm disappointed there's no actually instructable here.

    Very Cool! I've often wondered what I could do with those. Now I'm thinking of making a wardrobe out of them, but I might have to curtain the front of it, cuz I can't think of how to make doors. Can we mind-meld like the Vulcans?