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Make a Cardboard Tool Box

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video Make a Cardboard Tool Box

Two years ago I found a beautiful old wooden sheep shearing box at Camberwell Market during a trip to Australia with my family.

It was beautifully worn and even had tiny little strands of wool still caught in some of the corners. I quickly filled it up with my favorite sewing tools and supplies, and have enjoyed toting it around immensely ever since.

I have long thought about trying to replicate the design in cardboard for my cardboard tools. When I started working with banana boxes last year I realized I had found a possible solution.

I spent several weeks in late December and early January creating a variety of designs and assembly techniques that incorporated the pre-made features from the banana box like the pre-punched handholds.

I truly believe that this 100% recycled and 100% recyclable (essentially paper) toolbox could last a lifetime. It’s easy to build, strong, durable, and functional. Maybe someone will buy mine at a flea market some day. Wouldn’t that be cool? (Although maybe now that I’ve built about 10 extras, I might get on that sooner than later…) more information available at www.thecardboardcollective.com

zap19981 year ago
Love it. Good video. I made a cardboard basket for my daughter's bike, so this project peeked my interest ;)
Really great project, and wonderful video too. Thanks for sharing this.
I' m going to go make this. It's good. ;D very creative.
pecker1 year ago
I like that.
May adapt it to make dividers for my Stanley Fatmax toolbag, to organise small things like screwdrivers, spanners and so on. Currently using cut up plastic milk bottles but they tend to get crushed.
pfred2 pecker1 year ago
HDPE plastic milk bottles are much more durable than cardboard. Perhaps you could double up the milk bottles? Some of them nest pretty well together.
blkhawk1 year ago
A great way to reuse an abundant material. Great project!
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