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Introduction: Cardboard Chair

About: I am an author and a maker. My current project is Santa's Shop. I'm working on a science fiction type book--more later. @EngineerRigsby

In this instructable, I show how to make a cardboard chair. This is taken from my book, Amazing Rubber Band Cars (the chair is actually a seat in a life size rubber band powered cardboard car). If you have cardboard, glue and patience, you can make a sturdy (and good looking if you have any artistic ability) chair which will last for years.

Step 1: Template

I have provided a template, but you can make your own if you want to get creative.  Remember that you have to cut 76 of these pieces (more if you have a wide posterior).

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

The pieces should look like the template.  It is best to rotate the cuts--meaning the "grain" of the cardboard should be alternated with every other piece (corrugation "up" on piece number one, "right" on piece number two, "up" on number three, "right" on four, etc.).  If you don't have lots of giant pieces of cardboard, you can use smaller scraps; just be sure to overlap the cuts on adjacent pieces (as indicated in the "a" "b" "c" photo above.

Step 3: Glue

Glue the pieces together--you'll need a lot of glue.

Step 4: Finished Chair

I've had two of these around for over four years--keep them dry (like any fine furniture) and they will serve you well.

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    31 Discussions

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    roboboy__
    roboboy__

    4 years ago

    I have no idea where you got all this cardboard...

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    NancyA14
    NancyA14

    5 years ago

    can you use foam core? which is stronger?

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    MikeTheMaker
    MikeTheMaker

    Reply 5 years ago

    I would think foam core is stronger--but it really depends on the specific cardboard and specific foam core. Here's an article that shows one type of foam core being much stronger than another brand of foam core. . .

    http://flitetest.com/articles/comparing-foam-board

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    ARJOON
    ARJOON

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i can get all these cardboard free but the glue is expensive

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    bjames4
    bjames4

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-glue/

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    MikeTheMaker
    MikeTheMaker

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It takes 76 cut pieces--so it depends on how big your original piece of cardboard is.

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    ironbord
    ironbord

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm working on one but as a rocking chair, I'll update when I have the finished product but for now here are my drawings :)

    Cardboard chair dimentions-Model.jpgCardboard chair-Model.jpg
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    MikeTheMaker
    MikeTheMaker

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    It took about two weeks--a little each evening after work.

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    MikeTheMaker
    MikeTheMaker

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I used Elmer's white glue--there's a couple of suggestions further down the comment list that you might consider.

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    CaseBoy
    CaseBoy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    shouldn't you clamp the cutouts after you glued them?

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    MikeTheMaker
    MikeTheMaker

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    My favorite cardboard cutting tool is a set of electric scissors (Black & Decker SZ360)