One of the most effective ways of convincing everybody you’re crazy is to tell them you’re going to build a boat out of cardboard. I got the idea of a cardboard boat from the Internet I was looking for some cardboard projects and I found that people were building cardboard boats and usually they were building them to compete in races there’s cardboard boat races where.
You have a certain amount of time to build a boat and then you race it across a lake and whoever doesn’t sink and gets there first wins and uh. since i was gonna put the effort in to building a boat and I wasn’t really gonna put it in a competition my goal was to make something that was a little more durable so i took a few ideas from.
From certain plans and added a few ideas of my own to build something that’s actually pretty durable. I’ve had it out on the water several times over the last two three years. This boat doesn’t have any rigid materials like metal or plastic or wood.
It’s made almost entirely out of cardboard as you can see, I also used some paint I used some varnish here on the bottom, I used some newspaper, and I hold it together with glue and tape. These duct tape patches you see here are not part of the original construction.
I found that duct tape is a quick way to patch a hole if you find a hole just before you’re ready to put on the lake or something this is a quick way to make sure it doesn’t leak typically if i have the time the best way to patch this would be to actually use varnish and a small piece of newspaper give it several coats.
Of varnish to seal it up. When I build this boat I started with one big piece of cardboard it was about eleven and a half feet long and about forty two inches wide and I found this piece of cardboard at the local appliance store. You’ll find that appliance stores have lots of cardboard that they need to dispose of.
So that was a good resource for me you get the cardboard to build this. Now what I did with the big piece of cardboard is, I just laid it out and i folded up nine inches of each side all the way along to make the shape of the boat. now on the front and the back.
I had to cut along the corner of the bottom, the bottom part of the U then I folded in the sides and I cut off the extra there was a triangle of cardboard here and one over there that I cut off.