NICK Y.: Hi, my name is Nick. I'm 13 years old, and I like to make stuff out of cardboard... Like my corrugated cardboard chair. I built this crusher to test the strength of the cardboard. I'm testing a nine-inch piece of cardboard and how much weight it can hold.
That's two pounds, that's four pounds... okay, that's six. You might want to put them one at a time now. Seven... Crushed.
To make the chair, I first looked at photos of other chairs, but then decided to ignore them so I could come up with my own original design. Oh, I know what I want to do. I have a good one.
My first drawings were cool-looking, but would fall apart too easily. My dad helps. He's an architect. And I think it actually could hold up.
Finally I have a design for a really cool chair that works. Now I'm making a half-scale drawing, which I'll need to make the chair and determine how much cardboard I'm going to need to get. This is the biggest sheet that the store has. And it had to be flat, so it could support more weight and to be easier to cut.
From the half-scale drawing, I make a template by doubling the measurements, and it has to be very precise so the pieces fit together right.
It takes about 20 minutes to do each piece. One down, four to go. There's 13 pieces all together: five vertical supports and eight crosspieces. Yes! It's done. (sighs with relief)
I could make a cardboard table, a cardboard room, a cardboard house. Of course, that might be a lot of cutting.