Step 4: Assemble the cardboard sheets

The roof sheets glue or tape to the wall sheets by overlapping the bottom flaps of the roof sheet with the top flaps of the wall sheets. Tape the vertical joint, shown by the red line, on the front and back of the sheets. This is a folding joint, so leave a 1/4" gap between the sections so the joint folds easily in either direction.
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Waxed Cardboard. Like the kind of boxes used for veggies.<br>
Yes wax helps. Sometimes they laminate one side with plastic to waterproof. Paint also work.
Very nice design concepts. I can see this as an alternative to a flimsy camping tent for wet weather camping or extended camping trips. More of a semi-permanant structure. Of course it would need to be made out of something other than cardboard boxes for that type of use. Very nice job developing an idea! Hopefully this can be a catalyst for other people to explore this concept.
Thanks for your comments. My next instructable shelter will be made from 4'x10' Coroplast sheets, a step up in durability from cardboard. Every material has its advantages and disadvantages, and the material selected will be a compromise between these for the given application. Cardboard may fall apart in damp weather, but it may be advantageous to have a material that can be recycled, composed, or burned for fuel at the end of its life. Coroplast degraded under ultraviolet light, which could be a benefit if we don't want the stuff cluttering up the environment for the next century.

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