Sunday, May 13, 2012

DIY: Foam Board Side Table/Bookcase

My interest in DIY furniture started when I wanted to redo my room and looked up furniture. My sister introduced me to an Australian company, Karton, that creates cardboard furniture. From there, I looked up various cardboard DIYs but couldn't find anything concrete or solid enough to complete with two boxes of cardboard lying in my I created my own.

And because the cardboard I own wasn't good enough to use, I decided to use foam board.

2 Foam Boards (I got mine at the 99cent store for $2 each)
Razor blade carton cutter
Ruler / Pen / Glue


Step 1.
Cut your foam board in half vertically.
The boards I got were 20inches by 30 inches. After cutting them, I obtained four 10inch by 30inch boards. Each board will be a different side to the table, with one board becoming the shelves.

Step 2.
Cut the following patterns out of each board. I suggest labeling each board and writing which side will be the top and bottom. It'll help you be more organized and you won't be as confused later when you assemble them.

Also try using a sharp razor if you can. The one I used was pretty dull and therefore I didn't get sharp, nice, clean cuts and some of the paper from my foam board ripped off. It wasn't until much later that I realized that I can flip the blade but by then it was too late.

If you're using a foam board with the same measurements as mine, here are the measurements I used for cutting out the sides. The 'Back' cutouts use the same measurements - just make sure to leave a half inch on each side and then follow the same pattern.

The measurements I made don't necessary have any meaning. I kind of winged it when making the measurements, but it worked, so if you have something else in mine, feel free to do that instead.

Please excuse my poorly drawn pictures, not drawn to scale*

The shelves measurements will be as follows. From your 10x30 inch board, you will cut that into three 10x10 boards. Keep one of these boards as a 10x10, while cutting the other two into a 9.5x10. You will then cut 1/2inch x 1/2inch square from each corner of the two 9.5x10 boards.
After you cut out all your patterns, you're boards will look something like this.
Left Side:

Right Side:



Step 3.
Connect all the pieces! I suggest connecting the shelves to the sides first, and then snapping on the back. Glue the top shelve on last. If you prefer to do so another way, go for it!

You'll end up with something like this once you put it all together.

Now, go place it somewhere & put stuff on it!

& for those non-believers, it really does hold that much weight. (and more!)

American Museum of Natural History

If you recall, back in October I took a trip to the American Museum of Natural History with some school mates, but personally I can't count that trip as actually "going" to the Museum of Natural History, mostly due to the fact that more time was spent doing a scavenger hunt instead of actually seeing the exhibits.

This past Saturday, I returned to this magical place to see the Creatures of Light exhibit as well as finally get the opportunity to see & learn everything I wanted. On a quick note, the Creatures of Light exhibit wasn't that great. I thought there would be real jellyfish and animals but instead it was just replicated environments and LED lights - though, don't get me wrong it was pretty beautiful and at one point I felt like I was in a real life fairy tale.

One of my favorite things I did at the museum was weight myself on the various scales they had placed in the floor.

It would be a HUGE crime to visit the museum and not see the dinosaurs!

By now, you should know my fascination and love with anything that has antlers, especially deer (ie, my DIY Deer Taxidermy), so when I saw a skeleton of a moose, I freaked and so badly wanted to steal it and mount it on my walls - but since I can't really do that, a picture for now will have to suffice.

On my way out, I passed by some animal exhibits and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw these. How remarkable are they ( !!! )

This trip was so much fun & I can finally cross it off my "Places-To-Go" board.

I wonder where I'll go next...
any ideas?