The Art of Cardboard
Piles and piles of cardboard become a column-like table fit for any room! All you need is to order a glass tabletop to cap off your sleek home- made side table.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Trained as an actor, James Heffron often incorporates visual arts within his theater engagements. Based in Buffalo, New York, Heffron splits his time between acting, oil painting, and working on his first novel. Versions of the table can be found at the artist’s site.
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Begin cutting boxes into perfect right-angled squares and rectangles using the L-shaped beam to ensure precise edges. The number of pieces can vary depending on how tall you want your table to be. For this piece, Heffron cut 157 pieces, ranging from 16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm) (for top and bases) to 5 x 5 inches (12.7 x 12.7 cm) in the center. Be sure to measure the pieces so that the sizes change gradually. Number each piece in pencil as you go.
Begin gluing. Attacking stacks of 6 to 7 layers at
a time, brush glue all over the pieces, being careful to make sure the layers are adhered before moving on to the next.
To quicken the process, you can make several conglomerate stacks and place them under some- thing heavy and then glue the larger pieces together later. (Just make sure you keep their order straight!)
For this version, Heffron glued the bottom half with the corners aligned, but treated the top half with a slight spin to create a wave-like movement, varying corners instead of aligning them, and using an oval shape for the top.