Welcome to my cardboard craft blog

Whether you are just plain bored or simply too broke to purchase other materials; cardboard is free! Cardboard is such a versitile craft medium that you can make just about anything from it. All you need is a little knowledge about different construction techniques to ignite your own art passion for cardboard. This blog is intended to show the construction techniques I use in my own cardboard crafts. When you learn the secrets of creating strength with cardboard you can create whatever you desire. From simple items like picture frames to extremely large pieces of usable furniture; it will all be possible. Travel along with me as I show you the secrets hidden within the cardboard. Go green or save a tree or just to keep it out of a landfill.... whatever your choice of phrases.... start creating your own cardboard art. If you find this blog helpful, please recommend it to your friends.

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In those labels you will find the basic information you need to get started making your own cardboard furniture and crafts.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Breakfast bar, section 2 - step three

Now I need to cut notches in the frame to hold the struts.  I marked a line down the center of all three rails on the center piece.  The only piece that gets notches will be the piece for the center (inside).  The front and the back piece do not get any notches.

The struts should be no more than 6 inches apart nor closer than 2 inches.  I chose to align 5 struts along each of the rails.  I marked the notches to match the thickness of the struts and cut the notches out.  Here you see what will be the bottom rail. 

This is the center rail.  Notice how all the notches are cut on the same side?  When the piece is assembled the notches will be oriented on top so the struts face down.  It'll make sense later.

This is the top rail.

Before I start to assemble this cabinet, I use the piece with the notches to trace where the struts will attach to the other pieces.  Tracing helps with placement when putting everything together.

Here you can see the outlines I've marked.

I also trace the notches on the front piece too though they won't be cut out.  I'm marking only for placement and allignment.

Here you can see the traced marks on the front piece.

Now I'm ready for actual assembly.   That's in step four. 

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