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

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No Starch Press, Nov 15, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 360 pages
Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is packed with fun craft and toy-making projects for geeks on a budget. Inside, you’ll find illustrated instructions for 24 quirky playthings. Part I: Kid Stuff contains child-friendly projects like the Lock-N-Latch Treasure Chest and a PVC TeePee; Part II: The Electro-Skiffle Band is devoted to homemade musical instruments; and Part III: The Locomotivated showcases moving toys, like a muzzleloader that shoots marshmallows and a steam-powered milk-carton boat.

Each project costs just $10 or less to make and is suitable for anyone, regardless of experience level. As you build, you’ll learn useful sewing and carpentry skills, and the appendix offers a primer on electronics and soldering.

You (and your kids) will have hours of fun making projects like:
–A simple electric guitar
– An oversized joy buzzer that (safely) administers a 100-volt jolt
– Cool, mess-free, screen-printed T-shirts
– Kites made from FedEx envelopes
– Booming Thunderdrums made from salvaged x-ray film
– Classic board games like Go, Tafl, and Shut-the-Box

Whether you’re a mom or dad in search of a rainy day activity, a Scout leader looking to educate and entertain your troop, or just a DIY weekend warrior, the projects in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred will inspire and amuse you. Now, roll up your sleeves and make!
 

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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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Contents

Kid Stuff
1
LocknLatch Treasure Chest
3
Switchbox A Soldering Project for Greenhorns
13
The Sock Squid
25
The PVC Teepee
35
Cheap Mesh Screen Printing
49
ShuttheBox A Pirate Dicing Game
57
Ticklebox Jolt Your Friends
65
DirtCheap Boutique Stomp Boxes The Spring Reverb
163
DirtCheap Boutique Stomp Boxes The Blinkie Tremolo
175
DirtCheap Boutique Stomp Boxes The TwoTransistor Fuzztone
187
CigarBox Synthesizer
199
The Locomotivated
215
Cardboard Boomerangs
217
Pop Can Flyer
233
QuicknEasy Water Rocket
243

SmallBoard GoTafl
75
ElectroSkiffle Band
89
XRay Talking Drum
91
Thunderdrum
103
The ElectroDidgeridoo
113
The DirtCheap Amp
129
The 10 Electric Guitar
141
PuttPutt Boat
251
Jitterbug Your First Robot
261
FedEx Kites
273
Marshmallow Muzzleloader
293
Electronics Components Tools and Skills
311
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David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. 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. He developed the projects in this book at an alternative school with plenty of feedback from his students. He is a contributor to the "Ask the Giant Squid" advice column at Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), a weekly online literary journal.

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