Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects

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Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects shows you how to create the most enjoyable and impressive projects you’ve ever made—and they all start with a simple strip of duct tape. Build furniture, bags, outdoor items and more using simple tools and materials, with no special engineering skills needed.  

Start with duct tape basics that will aid in assembly: Learn cutting and tearing methods and taping techniques (yes, there’s more to it than slapping it down). Discover how to make sturdy duct tape sheets that can be cut and shaped. Using easily accessible tools and supplies like a utility knife and heavy-duty cardboard boxes, try your hand at making a desk and desk chair. Grab some foam and make a backpack, or create a custom hammock. Build a geodesic dome, and go truly epic with a giant pyramid catapult.

Every project includes step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams and photos. Don’t miss Lance Akiyama’s tips and suggestions for supplies, project variations, and material substitutions. Follow the solid construction techniques and you’ll ensure that these DIY projects will become favorite classroom activities and family projects.

Among the projects are:

  • A lightweight bed frame and full-size dresser with working drawers
  • Outdoor pieces like a hammock and garden swing
  • A heavy-duty toolbox with pockets galore, and a stylish two-color messenger bag
  • Ballistics, including a slingshot
  • A kayak!

These projects are real, they work, and are super fun. Roll up your sleeves and let the engineering begin!

From the Publisher

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Roll up your sleeves, declutter the workbench, and stake out a space in the garage. You’re going to need

it—or perhaps the whole backyard—when you become a duct tape engineer.

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Creatw a Duct Tape Backpack!

This duct tape backpack is durable, inexpensive, and best of all, customcrafted— just the way you want it. You can create any number of pockets, pouches, secret compartments, and other features. This backpack is also super easy to fix and redesign. Bruise the surface? Patch it with tape! Need more space? Stick on another pocket! These steps will lead you through the basic construction. It’s up to you to outfit your pack with personalized features and make it your own.

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Craft a Duct Tape Chair and Desk!

No carpentry skills required. This chair is lightweight, durable, and as strong as any chair made of wood. Its simple geometric shapes and construction techniques make it the perfect starter project for your exploration of duct tape furniture.

Then, create the perfect complement to your duct tape chair with a full-size writing desk, complete with a cubby, two sliding drawers, and a load-bearing desktop. This design is as sturdy as any you could buy, and you can customize all the features to meet your productivity needs. Oh, and don’t worry, the desk is coffee-spill resistant.

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About the Author

Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration—to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on Instructables.com, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning.

Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backward writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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