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First of all, I want to say sorry if my English is not good. It is because I’m not an American or English. And this is my first instructable.

Okay, let’s we talk about my instructable. This is what I called Honey Comb Cardboard. It can be rack, ornament, or etc.
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Step 1: Prepare the tools

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  1. Cutter blade
  2. pencil
  3. stainless steel ruler
  4. insulating tape
  5. wood glue + a cup
  6. paint brush, not for paint but for glue.
For the economization, I mixed the glue with water. The ratio was about 1:3.
1 for water and 3 for the glue.

Step 2: Prepare the concept

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I draw the concept.

Step 3: Prepare the cardboard

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In this instructable, I spent around 20 pieces of cardboard, either 2 layers or 1 layer.
I used 2 kind of cardboard. For the frame, I used 2 layers cardboard, and this is one of the secret of the rack's strength. And for the surfaces, I used 1 layer cardboard.

The surface that receives the most of weight must be counter direction of the cardboard fabric.
After that, cut the other framework. For the frame, I doubled the cardboard.

Step 4: Bond all of the frame

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Please note this: Arrange the frames carefully. Keep maintain the form. After finished bond all of the frame, I covered all of the surfaces with the 1 layer cardboard. And gave the tape on all of the corner.

In this instructable, I finished 5 hexagons and arranged them into (like) honey comb.

Step 5: Finishing

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For the aesthetics, I painted the honey comb with the enamel paint. But, because I didn’t have enough money to buy a compressor and the paint spray tool, so I used the mosquito essence sprayer to spray the paint.. J
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Great project!

exsactly what i needed for a shelf! LOVE IT!
nick00310 months ago

Awesome I will definitely build it.

sangat kreatif mas,i have no idea how to say in english,hahaha,but i just want to say "lanjutkan" :) , this is must be like my experience in kost-kostan in semarang,cardboard but with square form,kaku,not unique like your card board,i think you should be a contestant of djarum black innovation mas,hehe(campur aduk),keren pokokna mah.......
vickyadrian (author)  iwanbanyuputih2 years ago
Haha.. Matur nuwun Mas Iwan, Thank u very much. :D
Waduh, kalo ikut dja**m black innovation award bisa ranking buncit nanti saya Mas. :D

Let's Mas Iwan, we build/make something, i believe u can and more creative than me. :D
nsaenagy4 years ago
vickyadrian (author)  nsaenagy4 years ago
Thank you Nsaenagy.
vtpa4 years ago
Good job!

How did you to place it on the wall?
vickyadrian (author)  vtpa4 years ago
Thank you...
I hanged it by adding a pair of angle bar. Maybe next time I can take the picture (angle bar that I used) for you.
Ok, thank you!
knektek5 years ago
well. this could be improved, the colour scheme could be better, perhaps with opposite colours on the colour wheel (like red and green).
knektek knektek5 years ago
and mayby a steel outline on the frame.
vickyadrian (author)  knektek5 years ago
Thank you for your suggestion. Maybe it's very helpful for my next project.  :)
FrozenStar5 years ago
Pretty cool, maybe you could make yellow, cushioned, hexagonal chairs like this.

But i guess you would need to use wood to support weight...

vickyadrian (author)  FrozenStar5 years ago
Thank you. I agree with you...
You speak(write) English better than many Americans!
vickyadrian (author)  realanthillkit5 years ago
Wow... Thank you. You make me shy.
deusXmchna5 years ago
Any idea how much weight the top of a 'cell' can hold without collapsing?
vickyadrian (author)  deusXmchna5 years ago
Mm... I'm not sure. But I had tried once, I put lot of thick and heavy books, and the shelves still OK. So, I think it's strong enough for 5 - 10 kilos.
And it more strong when you still put it on the ground.
jburchet5 years ago
Bravo vickyadrian

Do you know how many hours it took you?
vickyadrian (author)  jburchet5 years ago
Thank you..  Bravo to you too.

Do you mean how long I did this? I'm sorry, but your counter was wrong, it's not in hours. It took me more longer time.
Because I did this in my spare time, I finished it in 2 months.
(Maybe if I did this more seriously I would be able to finish it in less than a month).

 To make these even stronger, before you cover the outside frame with cardboard, you could fill the cavities in the frame with expanding foam. Then just trim any excess off and cover the outside. They would be almost solid, but still light weight. Only really needs it though if you are putting heavy things on it.
vickyadrian (author)  NitroRustlerDriver5 years ago
Thanks for your suggestion. I think that's really really good idea.

Thank you....
 Great idea
simplebeep5 years ago
Clever construction! I like the crossbeam-and-cover system.
This inspires me to make a home server box for some reason...
 thanks for the instructable! I usually have lots cardboard around where I live and needed  needed a new bokcase, so this was perfect for me.
It took me a couple of minutes to get what you had done at step 4, but now I do.  Amazing!  Is the single form strong enough to use as a little coffee table? 
 what did he do?
vickyadrian (author)  Iridium75 years ago
Here is the link :
 no I meant what did you do at step4?
vickyadrian (author)  Iridium75 years ago
Ouw... sorry, I misunderstood.   :-)
vickyadrian (author)  thefiftyfootwoman5 years ago
I think single form is OK for a little coffee table, but not strong enough.
For little coffee table I suggest  you to see the instructable from MakeItSo (the title is "Cardboard Coffee Table"). That's really easy and very recommended for coffee table.

ljrodgers5 years ago
This was a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I especially liked the modular aspect of your shelves. When I was young my mother made some shelves for my room with apple boxes. This reminds me of them.
Iridium75 years ago
 glad I caught your instructable soon enough, my mom was going to throw away a perfectly good box that had double and single layers sheets of cardboard.

Good 'ible!
vickyadrian (author)  Iridium75 years ago

Maybe you or your Mom can share the cardboard with me, because I'm running out of it now.

Haha... just kidding.
ljpaintbox5 years ago
lovely work. Question, how long is its durabillity?
vickyadrian (author)  ljpaintbox5 years ago
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(He means: how long will the shelves last in use?)
vickyadrian (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Ouw... sorry for misunderstanding.  :-)
Thanks Kiteman.

I don't know precisely. I think it's strong enough for 1 year. I have been use it for 4 months (I still use it now).

Is that what ljpaintbox's question means?  :-)

Well done.
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