How to Make a cardboard furniture
Today we are going to make a different think..that is cardboard furniture.
To make a cardboard furniture, you need three plates large enough cardboard to cut the furniture profiles.What is a profile you say? These are the elements that make up the cabinet structure, which have the shape of the cabinet. Draw the shape of the profiles on cardboard and cut them at least 3 for a 20cm wide cabinet. The first will be the furniture front, the second will be an intermediate profile (hidden in the cabinet), while the third will be the cabinet bottom. Over your furniture will be deeper, you will realize intermediate profiles. I personally space profiles and a maximum of 10cm sleepers, because the more the structure is more tightly it is resistant. If you work with a knife, cut the sheets one by one by referring the model on each of the plates. If you own a jig-saw, stack 3 plates of cardboard that you hold together with kraft or Scotch to cut 3 sheets same time (this is a time saver and three profiles will be exactly the same) . Do not forget to number the profiles to remember the order they have in the cabinet structure. Once the cut furniture profiles, cut out niches on profiles 1 and 2. No Profile 3 which is the furniture bottom, unless you want an open cabinet on both sides. Keep these pieces, they will serve you for making drawers.
The sleepers: The sleepers are pieces of cardboard composed of slots that can be clipped to the profile # 2. Their length is defined by the depth of the cabinet, which is always the same. While their width may vary if the thickness of the structure varies.
Example: for my DVD library, the structure has a 4cm thick on the furniture side while tablets have a thickness of 3cm. So I cut cross 4cm and 3cm thick.
Notches: Draw and cut notches on the profile 2 and on the cross. The notches serve to interlock the webs of the profile # 2 and the cross profiles can maintain them. They have a width equal to the thickness of cardboard and a height equal to half the width of the structure. If the thickness of the structure is 4cm, the height of the notch will 2cm … I about 10cm maximum spaces. We must reflect on their position, because it is they who will consolidate, strengthen the furniture to the weakest point of the furniture. If you make a piece of furniture with different structure thicknesses, think numbering the sleepers and track their position on profile # 2. once the notches cut profile # 2, see their positions on the profiles 1 and 3 with the niche sites.
This will help you for the furniture squareness.
Snap all ties on the profile 2. Place on a flat surface profile 3, layer 2 profile with the cross and finally the profile 1. In the three profiles are perfectly aligned, arrange around the BD of furniture vertically companies open for squareness. To keep everything in place, divide weight (bricks, market balance weight …) on the furniture. With a glue gun, paste on the cross profile 3 by depositing a stripe of adhesive on each side of the sleepers. When the glue is dry turn the cabinet, handing out the three square profiles as well as the weight, in order to stick to the cross profile 1. Hot glue is liquid, it does not remain in the corners, if you paste the cross profile which is located on top.
Start at the bottom and the top of the niche and get to the sides. Take steps niches to cut pieces of cardboard adapted to the dimensions of the niche. Once you have cut and pasted the bottom and the top of the niche, repeat steps to the side, because the height of the niches has reduced the thickness of the cardboard that you just pasted.
When you have closed all the loopholes, you can close the sides, top and bottom of the cabinet. If your furniture with rounded shapes gently bend the cardboard in the same direction as the grooves.
It is time to remove small defects. Sand the board when it exceeds.
Then kraftez the edges of the furniture. This allows for nice finish for corners.
If you want to close the drawers, you must realize drawers.
Measure the width, depth and height of each niche, build first floor and the sides and the bottom of the drawer.Allow for side height and width slightly smaller floor that measured the niche dimensions, otherwise you can not insert the tray into the niche.
The drawer is almost finished, it only needs the drawer front. Repeat songs you have stored after cutting niches in profiles 1 and 2. But you can also manufacture in other completely different form.
Your furniture is finally ready for its final decoration. Two choices are feasible: with handmade paper, or acrylic paint. . I’ll explain the second method First, it must apply you a first sub-layer, two solutions available to you: 1- Apply an undercoat you realize water-based and glue wood. The disadvantage of this underlayer is that if the card is poor, he gondola. Or 2- Kraftez fully furniture. An example of furniture completely Kräfte:
Then, apply a coating that prepares the cabinet to receive paint. This coating is made based Whiting, water, linseed oil and wood glue. You can find the recipe in the “Tips and Tricks”: Recipe Coated White Meudon . Apply two coats of this coating. Lightly sand after each coat when dry. An example of the coating furniture whiting:
You can paint your furniture according to your taste, with acrylic paint. Paint you buy the paint section of your hardware store. Acrylic paint purchased in hobby store is much more expensive and is sold in small quantities.
inally to protect your furniture, it must be vitrified. For this, use a parquet sealer aquarèthane colorless. The number of sealer coat that you will depend on your use of the furniture. Spend two or three layers on the surfaces of furniture that will be exposed to dust, splashing water … one is enough niches for hosting drawers. If you plan to me your furniture in a humid room (bathroom, kitchen, toilet), go 4 or 5 coats of sealer. So your furniture can be cleaned like any other furniture.