Pearl Sutton wrote:
I build a LOT with cardboard, and when you are ready for an addition, tell me and I'll give you some hints for structure. You are wanting a turret, to make cardboard into a tube: cut a big rectangle with the ribs going up and down, as high as you want the tower, and as wide as the diameter of the tower times pi (3.14) cut through only the TOP SKIN of the cardboard, in the crack of the ribs, all the way from top to bottom, do this about every 2 inches all the way across. Roll it carefully, with the cut sides out, and it will bend on your cuts, but not break. If you want it to be REALLY sturdy, do a second one that is a bit bigger, and make it double thick by putting the small one inside the bigger one. Glue them together well, tape the joints tight, cut windows before you hook them together! This will be strong enough to hold your rock work looking mixture up. Tell me if you need pictures, I can take you some. For what it's worth, to get cardboard to do what you want, you score it (cut it partway, but not all the way through with a knife, and it will fold along those lines neatly. The ribs run exact distances apart, and are straight and parallel, so it's easy to use them as a grid to keep it all square and neat.
I'm a big fan of slot and tab work with cardboard, that's a whole post of it's own. I have something I wrote elsewhere I'll put in a sec. I have built a lot of castles out of cardboard and plywood, and been paid to build a plywood one that folded up for storage, had to be engineered against 50 MPH winds and 12 year old boys (after they are 12, there's no engineering against them, I didn't try.) That's a post in itself too, and I don't want to derail yours, I'll start a new thread someplace and link here, so yours doesn't get derailed. Edit: New thread: Pearl's Castles and other old projects
AWESOME WORK NICOLE!!
Nicole Alderman wrote:Very nice! That sure beats what I did, which was to sort of form a tube out of packaging paper and then tape it to half circles to get my shape. My turret is rather
lopsidedfanciful because of it.
Any tips on how to make the pointy roof for the turret?
Nicole Alderman wrote:I think it's finished!
I had a hard time getting these pictures, because the kids really wanted to play!
Dale Hodgins wrote:
I'm not sure what the reinforcement is in the picture below, but just imagine that thin, light wood runs along the same spots. It would really stiffen things up, without adding a lot of expense or weight