How to Make a Table from Cardboard Scrap

June 13th, 2009 in projects     
georgiamoon Georgia Terrell, contributor
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The grand fianae! This is how it turned out after many alterations and some not-so-nice words. Trials and tribulations? Its all part of the fun!
The challenge material showing its raw beauty.
Here I am glueing three together to make the legs. So far so good.
The origiinal plan was to miter the corners and glue it to the legs.  The next picture will show why this was not such a good idea! Oops, my bad!
Oh yeah, Ill just glue this right together and itll be easy....NOT. Right after this plan failed I moved on to the drill and bolt method, which worked...or so I thought!
Even with the bolts in place it was not sturdy enough ... AND not purdy enough either. Note to self: More drawing board time needed!
I added some stability to the table by bolting metal strips to the inside of the legs at varying heights. Then I glued bolts and bumpers to the table top to raise the glass... a fine suggestion from my friend. Finally, go to go! I love learning! Pretty cool now, dont you think?
The grand fianae! This is how it turned out after many alterations and some not-so-nice words. Trials and tribulations? Its all part of the fun!

The grand fianae! This is how it turned out after many alterations and some "not-so-nice words". Trials and tribulations? It's all part of the fun!

This is one of the strangest projects that I have ever done. ..and it took the longest too! I have been working on this for months, or so it seems. It all started when I got these cardboard corner protectors given to me with sort of a challenge..."let's see you make something out of these" my friend said. I had to prove that I could, but it wasn't easy and it wasn't all that much fun...until I saw the end result! I did have to call in the help of a friend, but that's OK with me! So, at long last, here is the table!

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Comments (17)

Pochenica writes: Круто[url=].[/url] Posted: 4:39 am on December 25th
Aswaipreen writes: Согласен, но частично[url=].[/url] Posted: 2:21 pm on December 13th
CottageElements writes: Geo, you're too funny. Loved hearing about your junking trials and tribulations. I can relate only too well. But your table turned out great. Who'd of thunk it came from cardboard scraps!

Lani Posted: 10:07 pm on June 16th
pmorse writes: I had to laugh when I saw your table, Georgia. I saved some of those same cardboard pieces from the shipment of my roman shades. I kept thinking there HAD to be a use for them, but have never been able to think of anything. I don't think I'm brave enough to attempt your table idea, though! lol That looks like a lot of work...but the end product is absolutely amazing!! Who'd have thought? Posted: 10:41 am on June 16th
suewhitney writes: Oh, Geo you crack me up!!! The trials and tribulations of a junker....but you succeeded! Yeah or you! Nice job! Hi-hip-hooray!

Sue Posted: 5:25 pm on June 15th
writes: You did such a fabulous job on this Geo. I know it was a bear but you made it happen!

XO JennyK Posted: 4:58 pm on June 15th
shabbychick writes: Geo - your hard work and persistence (and a little help from your friend...) - paid off! Congrats - nice green style - great pics and story!

Thanks for sharing with us (the good, the bad and the ugly of your project) - it turned out very cool! :)

Kathy Posted: 1:54 pm on June 15th
georgiamoon writes: Thanks everyone for the support and nice comments...I could have used this while in the midst of this project. Luckily I DID have a good friend to help me through the process, gotta have your junking pals!!! I certainly learned a LOT while doing this one and it does make you think about all the packaging used in this country that just goes to waste. I really DON'T think I'll be coming out with a line of cardboard furniture, but it's not a bad idea ...JIM! Maybe I could send you a few thousand of these and YOU could do it. Thanks again my friends, Georgia Posted: 1:22 pm on June 15th
texasjunkermom writes: Hey, Georgia, you absolutely get the prize for the post everyone admires/envies/wishes-they-had-thought-of (not to mention had the needed parts for it). Very green, very useful, very classy. Was it worth the gray hairs you earned?! Are you going to part with it?! Posted: 11:14 pm on June 14th
fellowjunker writes: Geo,
I can see this in a high-end modern furnishing store....fabulous job!!! So very inventive and executed wonderfully!! So glad Sue didn't use those cardboard pieces for a contributors challenge as I would never in a hundred years have come up with any ideas!!
xojanis Posted: 10:10 pm on June 14th
JunkArchitect writes: WOW Georgia! I think you may have come up with the “greenest” piece of furniture I’ve ever seen. You should start your own line of eco-friendly home furnishings. You’re lucky you have junk friends to call on in times of junk distress. Get it…junk…distress.

One of your junk buddies…Jim
Posted: 9:22 pm on June 14th
LuAnn writes: Hay friend-talk about "going green" you are definetly the queen. Good job. Never would have thought you could make a table out of card board. You go girl!!! LuAnn Posted: 2:12 pm on June 14th
JudiD writes: I have kept pieces of that stuff for years and finally threw out the short pieces I had since I'd not been able to use them and I'm drowning in "stuff I may use some day"! Thanks for the inspiration!

JudiD Posted: 9:23 am on June 14th
chippingcharm writes: cool is this? I used to be a buyer/mgr. for a boutique and we would get these CRAZY amounts of packaging in boxes...we would very often use them in displays but a table??? Now that's creative :) Laurel Posted: 7:21 am on June 14th
oldnews writes: It's fabulous! Good for you for hanging in there, because it was definitely worth it! What an accomplishment, we're all proud of you!! I might have thrown it all in the trash on pick up day out of frustration!! Lucky you having someone to bounce ideas off!! That had to help!! Love it!! Marie Posted: 2:34 am on June 14th
junkermidge writes: Georgia, amazing table. And to think it's just cardboard. Glad you stuck with it through the frustrating times. But yes, for me, too, that's part of the fun of it all. I'm glad you shared the whole "journey" with us.

And Gail, I'm looking forward to your new camera, too, and can't wait to see some of your posts -- you'll have fun.

Midge Posted: 10:58 pm on June 13th
monakent writes: WONDERFUL project idea!!! Love the story that went with it. The end result is GREAT. I adore the picture with the rusty post behind the table, the plant and lamp on the table.

Funny you used these cardboard corners....I took quite a number of them home from work last year, after we got some large deliveries. I wanted to use them somehow, but never got around to it, so I ended up recycling them. If my basement was larger, I probably would still have them - ready and waiting for me to do SOMETHING with them!!!

(By the way, my husband thinks we will get our camera THIS week sometime..... you know what THAT means!!!! Thanks by the way, for your comments about my lack of posting. It touched me quite a bit and had me laughing at the same time.)

As always - LOVE your post/project/pictures!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:22 pm on June 13th
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