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diy side table made from cardboard tubes

Call it making trash fancy or easily recyclable furniture ... its easy, its fun

4 cardboard tubes (can be easily replaced with four wood pillars)

1 piece of wood for the top


Wood Glue

Ruler and Pen

Sand Paper


“I source my cardboard tubes literally from the trash. they are used as giant packaging foil rolls, like kitchen towel rolls and the cardboard is left like the toilet or kitchen paper cardboard roll in the middle. ask at your local hardware store or similar stores of they have something similar ”

Just four legs plus a top

you can make the top any shape you like. If you like a wiggle look go for that or waves, I wanted to go a little down the arched route and just rounded the corners.

i had a lamp shade wich was the exact same size so I used that as a guide, you ca use anything round, a plate a bowl...what ever makes the arch you like

once I've cut out the one side I used the cutting as a template for the other side, this way the arch is absolutely identical

sand the raw edges after you've cut the wood into the shape you've decided on

next take your legs and try out different positions to get a feel for how its gonna look in the end

I went with 15 cm from the sides in and two centimetres space in-between the front and back leg

to get both sides even measure your space from the side (15 cm in my case) and draw a line.

mark the middle of the line to measure the spacing between the legs from there (2 cm in my case)

once that's done the only thing left to do is to glue the legs on with wood glue.

alternatively you can drill holes through the top and screw into the legs and fill the holes in the top slab with wood filler

or you can cut wood discs that fit in the middle of the tube, glue or screw them onto the bottom of the wood and slip your rolls on, use nails to hammer them from the sides to the cardboard into the discs (I do have a reel on this)

since my tubes had a decent thickness and therefor a good amount to cover in glue I just went with glueing them on.

put something heavy on top until dry

last step is paint. I would suggest if you use cardboard tubes to not use water based paint, some tubes get a little wrinkled when painted with water based paint. paints like acrylic or wall paint work just fine. I had mine wrinkle a bit since I used water based paint but once dry for 24 hours the wrinkles were gone, so maybe that's just a temporary thing and sets during the drying process.

1 Comment

How did you get the top of the table to look so shiny? Did you paint another coat of glaze?

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