A project log for The House Of Fun

MorningStar's Not-So-Secret Laboratory

morningstarMorning.Star 01/17/2019 at 09:512 Comments

We've all been there. Seemed like a great idea at the time. Usually there's alcohol involved and your mates egging you on.

Hanging like a bat.

No, I'm just kidding, but thats what a Lair is for. Hanging in.

Actually turns out its a great idea after all, this might even turn out to be serviceable. After being rained on persistently yesterday I just went and checked on the panels outside.

I've had to bring them all in to dry properly, but the basic principle works far better than expected.

Two immediate concerns, that not sealing the edges or the inside would allow the cardboard to soak up atmospheric moisture are borne out. But actually on the whole its not too bad.

Where it was laid on the ground with another layer on top some water crept in along the edges but its not extensive, and the cardboard is only a bit soggy on one point. It will dry out, and the foil is unaffected. All the lapping on this one was vertical during storage, but I couldnt really stand it up anywhere and cover the top.

I'm pleased there was no ingress on the lapping anywhere, and although the board underneath has picked up some environmental moisture, on the whole its drier than when I glued it. Pretty solid, sounds like dry cardboard compared to the rubbish boxes left as a test.

This one, not so good.

One corner is decidedly soggy and the foil's come away where the glue has dissolved into the cardboard and vanished. And this edge was pointing downwards in the triangle, and there's a lapped seam pointing upwards right on the apex. It was stretched tight luckily, but water has seeped under that one.

The rest of it has survived a dousing and again is more rigid that I'd expect being left out in the rain. It will dry out indoors, while I wait for a sunny day.

On the whole, I'd say that was successful enough to continue this lunacy, its not just going to wind up a soggy pile of cardboard and tinfoil after all.

'To the Batcave'



Justin.sevin wrote 01/17/2019 at 18:33 point

You're completely mad! I love it. 

I don't know if it would help your design at all, but on Instructables there's a tutorial for making "cardboard lumber" by gluing layers of cardboard together with flour paste (if you're not familiar, it's just flour and water mixed over heat). If you're interested in reading it:

Regardless, I hope this project works out well. It's a very ambitious undertaking and I can't wait to see the final result!

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Morning.Star wrote 01/18/2019 at 13:21 point

It takes years of marinading to get this spectacularly unhinged. XD Thanks :-)

Thats actually pretty useful. I'm going to need to make a curved doorframe...

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