A few months ago I got into my car, and it was really hot. (over 100 degrees, I was really interested so I checked it with a thermometer)
This inspired me to build a solar oven, I mean, if my car can get that hot, just imagine if heat was actually the goal.
I built this http://www.instructables.com/id/CERC-Green-Solar-Oven/, which worked incredibly well (325 degrees F) but I feel it's severely limited by the use of tinfoil as a reflective surface.
I decided CDs would be a perfect substitute, they are more reflective, and I happen to have tons of them lying around. But my goal had never really been to create a solar oven, just to create heat from sunlight. So instead of improving my solar oven, I decided to build a parabolic solar concentrator.
Step 1: Materials
Corrugated is harder to cut, thin cardboard will make it more difficult to attach the mirrors*
(I used a thin corrugated cardboard)
-Tape or Glue
Tape will partially cover parts of the mirrors, cutting down on the actual light reflected, but it allows for the mirrors to be more easily removed and adjusted
-Box cutter/X-Acto Knife
*The mirrors are actually just pieces of the CDs, but it's easier to refer to them like this