In this instructable I will show you how to make a cardboard coffee table with matching chairs
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
-white glue (Elmer's Glue-All multi purpose) (not school glue)
-industrial hot glue sticks (lots)
-weights (about 20 lbs)
-packing tape gun
-box cutter (razor blade)
-industrial hot glue gun
-sawzall (with blade matal and wood wood ones work best)
-marker (sharpie or Marks-a-lot)
Step 2: Design Your Chair
The way I designed my chair:
First, I laid down on a big piece of cardboard, then sat sideways on it, then I had a friend outline my back with a marker, (start from your neck and follow your back all the way down to your ankles). The picture below is the design I came up with; it follows my back and it is quite comfortable.
Step 3: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 1
Take your pattern that you cut out from step two and cut about 48 of the same shape. Then glue them in stacks of six. To glue them use your white elmer's glue put a lot of glue inbetween each layer of cardboard them put some weight on top and wait a full 24 hours
Step 4: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 2
measure the perimeter
Step 5: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 3
now take the measurement of from step four and measure it out on a piece of cardboard I use some cardboard with a white finish for style.
Step 6: Cut the Cardboard for the Chair: Part 4
This is the last step to cut the cardboard in, what you need to cut are spacers. The spacers are blocks of cardboard an inch or two thick. To achieve the the thickness repeat the procedure form step three: To glue them use your white elmer's glue put a lot of glue inbetween each layer of cardboard them put some weight on top and wait a full 24 hours.
Step 7: Put All the Pieces Together Without Glue
Step 8: Now Put All the Pieces Together With Glue
Do the same thing in step 7 but glue them together with the elmer's glue instead of just setting them on top of eachother.
Step 9: Now Put the Covers on the Glued Chairs
To glue the covers on you need the:
hot glue gun
and the piece of cardboard we cut from step 5
Step 10: Cut the Cardboard for the Tables: Part 1
This the first step to make the table what you need is:
6 pieces of 19" x 19" solid pieces of cardboard
1 40" x 54" piece of cardboard this can be many pieces of little cardboard
Step 11: Put the Table Together
You will need the parts we cut out in step 10 to do this:
6 pieces of 19" x 19" cardboard
40" x 54" piece of cardboard
Step 12: You Are Done
This is not a step simply photos of the finished table with the chairs
Runner Up in the
Gorilla Glue Cardboard Contest