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Tube Cabin

I don't know if this qualifies as an invention, but its original.
 
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The tubes used as cores for rolls or carpet and linoleum can be recycled for building materials for kids play forts.
The average diameter of a carpet tube is four inches, and if you drill into them sideways with a hole saw of the same diameter, it makes a saddle that allows one tube to sit perpendicular and flush overtop of the first.
When several are stacked this way they look just like the walls of a log cabin. Thinly cut log rounds glued into the ends complete the illusion.
By spacing wood dowels, which the tubes slide over, upright every three feet or so, the whole structure becomes rigid enough to handle kids bouncing off the walls.
The roof is made by cutting full tubes in half lengthwise and laying them overlapping alternately, with one half upside down as the cap
Each tube should be dipped in outdoor latex paint after all of the holes have been drilled to keep them from getting wet.

I had thought to make a scaled down Colonial Fort, you know, Nerf spikes on the tops of the outer walls and all that.


Did I mention that the tubes can be had for free?

(?) The Tubes http://www.bennettsweb.com/tubes/
Some sort of glam rock band [DeathNinja, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) building with tubes http://www.smartarc...items/018_paper.htm
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has done a lot work with cardboard tubes, vertical as walls and crossbeamed roofs [FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       The hollow tubes can be stuffed with recycled insulating material or chopped up trash styrofoam to add to the recycled theme.
wombat, Sep 01 2003
  

       // tubes can be had for free //   

       Once you've had tube, you'll never go back.
DeathNinja, Sep 01 2003
  

       Uh, maybe not so original.   

       That would be, like, totally tubular.   

       The Tubes as "glam rock?' Hahaha.
bristolz, Sep 02 2003
  

       The Tubes were an Energetic Rock Band, a Sleazy Rock Band, a Humorous Rock Band, a Snide Rock Band, an Outrageous Rock Band, a Freewheeling Rock Band, a Boisterous Rock Band, a Rousing Rock Band, a Confident Rock Band, a Rowdy Rock Band, a Reckless Rock Band, an Aggressive Rock Band, a Quirky Rock Band, a Campy Rock Band, a Theatrical Rock Band, a Silly Rock Band, an Ironic Rock Band, a Satirical Rock Band, all those and more, but not, I repeat not - a Glam Rock Band.
thumbwax, Sep 02 2003
  

       Hahaha.
DeathNinja, Sep 02 2003
  
      
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