Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

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No Starch Press, 2010 - Handicraft - 363 pages
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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a geeky toy-making and craft book, stuffed with projects like sewing a stuffed sock squid, building a steam-powered milk-carton boat, soldering an oversized joy buzzer, and crafting working boomerangs. Readers create board games, musical instruments, and cool toys that move. The book assumes no prior knowledge of skills like carpentry, sewing, and soldering, and each project is explained from the ground up. Primers on topics like basic electronics help readers master foundational techniques so that anyone, regardless of their experience or skill level, can pick up this book and successfully build the projects. Projects are suitable for a wide range of builders and are all cheap, or even free, to buildOCobest of all, once each project is built, readers have something totally sweet. Every project includes tips, tricks, and technical data that will help readers expand and modify the projects, or craft something totally new."

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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff To Make with Your Kids

User Review  - Karen Ellis - Book Verdict

Nelson taps his experience as a high school teacher to present gritty and offbeat projects—primarily musical instruments and electronics as well as games and toys—that will resonate with young ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. He developed the projects in this book at an alternative school, with plenty of feedback from his students. His fiction has been nominated for a Nebula award, and has appeared in "Asimov's," "The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet," and the forthcoming "Steampunk Reloaded" anthology. Nelson is a co-creator and frequent contributor to "Poor Mojo's Giant Squid" (, now in its 10th year of weekly publication.

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