I chose to do the cardboard chair for my 20% project because I love building and making things and it seems like a lot of fun. I would like to learn how to plan out build things using Google. This would not be something I would like to do for a career because I am not that good of a planner yet.
Today I drew out what I wanted the chair to look like and i tried to make it look like it was put together but I didn't get the side lengths in yet.
The Side Lengths
Today I was able to put in the side lengths. I used my own chair for a reference. Tomorrow I will have to fine how big the squares are.
Today I did some measurements on how big the squares should be on my drawing for the chair. I also started making a directions page for what I will need to bring in. I am starting to see how long this will really take to get done.
Today I used the model I made to get directions to cut the cardboard and I am seeing that I may need to change my drawing a little bit to make it exactly like the real design will be.
What I need to know
I need to know how to cut the card board chair fast and straight. I need to find my own method to cutting the cardboard.
What i am learning
Today I have learned how much harder I thought this would be. It turns out there is a lot more work than I thought but it all looks like cutting and putting together from now on.
What I am seeing
What I need to know is how to repeat my cutting process through the cardboard more efficiently because I need 9 of the same cuttings. I also found out today this is no walk in the park cutting the cardboard with small scissors.
What I am improving on
I am starting to get better at the cutting process and now I can cut the cardboard faster and straighter so I don't have to go back and cut off unwanted spots. The only hard part is finding a big enough
I am near the end and it is almost time for the glue and I will need to cut holes to stick them together. I also learned how to cut the card board more efficiently, all I have to do is cut the card board with the inside part of the scissors or I take it home and cut it with the tree snipers.
Coming down to it
Today I finished up cutting my shape and I moved on to cutting two different ones, but I may need to take home the cardboard home tonight.
Getting It Done
Today I took a lot home to do work and all I have to do now is cut out one piece of cardboard and then I can build.
Today I started cutting into the chair to fit it together. I am really starting to hate this project I would never ever want this as a career. This is torture.
Today I kept on cutting the pieces of cardboard to fit them together It should go together like a model air plane.
I may need to change the size of each square on the chair because I need to make the chair more stable by putting the pieces closer together. I don't know if I will be able to lean back to far on my chair. I will see when its done.
Putting it together
I could not find some of my pieces today and that will be a huge set back. The chair is finally coming together.
My chair was a huge failure. You can't even sit on it. It is really bad. This has been my worst project ever. There are many things I could have done to make it better.
- make the boards thicker
- make the back legs go out more
- make the project simpler
- take care of my cut outs better because I lost some of my pieces
- make it a chair
- make a surface for the bottom and back
- make it extra sturdy
Apple made many machines that had problems also and they improved on them and I could do the same if I had more time, but now I can enjoy my summer and try to forget about this horrid ''chair''. Now it is just a bonfire starter.
This is what it looks like after being sat on.
What I learned was how to improve on a project in many ways as you can see my list from my last entry. As you can see I learned a lot.
And again as I said before my "chair" turned out terrible and there are many ways I can improve it. It was just bad because it you could not sit on it.
Never would I want this as a career unless I had a chain saw to cut all the cardboard at once because it was very hard and it took a lot of planning for the cardboard. Plus I would be working on the same thing for weeks.
I wish I had picked to make the Rube Goldberg machine because I had a good idea. I really thought I would like the cardboard chair because when I was around 8 and 9 I loved to play with the Lego toys and I thought this would be a step up.