Cardboard Tool Bag

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About: I wb in Belgorod Russia. In 2002 I graduated from Belgorod STU mechanical engineering and CAD. In 2004 I'v defended the dissertation "CAD for ball mill". I am a lecturer in BSTU. My hobby is 3D and...

Usually we need a lot of tools when create something hand made. If we are at home it is very easy to get everything you need (screwdrivers, hummers, nuts, drills) from appropriate places (shelves, toolboxes, workshops, under a sofa or in a refrigerator :-). Another way is to do something outdoor – in a country side, during a car trip, on a picnic at last. I advise to make a cheap TOOL BAG using CARDBOARD pack. You need only a few hours to make it but the result will be useful for a one or two seasons.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  • cardboard sheets (4 mm thickness);
  • rulers (school size (0.3 m) and long (0.5...1 m));
  • pencil;
  • paper knife;
  • awl;
  • scissors;
  • cardboard bender;
  • PC, printer and 5 A4 sheets to print base drawings.

Step 2: Printing Base Drawings

So you need to have 3 drawings: Body, Butt_end, Rib. You can download appropriate drawings from the next locations: variant 1 (google drive), variant 2 (yandex drive). All dimensions are in millimeters.

Step 3: Transferring Drawings to a Cardboard

Some parts ('Body' and 'Ribs') we need to draw on cardboard sheets manually. For the 'Butt Ends' I recommend more convenient way – to print drawing on plain paper and then transfer it to cardboard using awl according to a following sequence: 1) put the cardboard on the old wooden board; 2) put the drawing on cardboard; 3) make holes in key vertexes through the paper using awl; 4) remove the paper drawing from the cardboard; 5) connect holes on the cardboard using ruler and pencil.

Step 4: Cut Parts Out of Cardboard

Step 5: 'Body' Bending

To execute all bend operations we will use special tool – Cardboard Bender according the following sequence: 1) Put the cardboard part on the wooden work base; 2) Draw path on the cardboard surface; 3) Move the Bender's Roller along the path with appropriate pressure to reduce the thickness of cardboard plate in a contact area; 4) Bend part along the 'compressed' path.

Also to execute bending it will be helpful to use long rule.

Step 6: 'Body' and 'Butt Ends' Connection

Step 7: 'Ribs' and 'Body' Connection

Step 8: Use It!

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    tomwall1969

    9 days ago

    What advantage does a disposable toolbox have over a permanent one? I am genuinely curious.

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    nml235ltomwall1969

    Reply 8 days ago

    Toolbox from the shop costs about 30$ and do the same job ;-)

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    maxman

    14 days ago

    Have you ever made one out of that plastic stuff they use for yard signs? That would be water proof.

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    doer_1

    9 days ago

    Before assembly, brush the surfaces with glue ( Elmers. Titebond, Gorilla, etc) (Be sure to allow for the extra material when cutting holes) cover it immediately with an already cut to size old shirt, allow to dry, assemble. It will last more than a short time...

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    misterxp

    12 days ago

    Great idea. Good emergency box for various things. Thanks for sharing

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    sageclouddancer

    13 days ago

    make one that can carry groceries from the store

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    maxman

    14 days ago

    Wow. Somebody could make and sell these.

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    pikwitonei

    15 days ago

    Great thinking outside the box!

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    rayp1511

    15 days ago

    That's impressive, well done !

    So were not going to talk about the Bulldozer ? :)

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