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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

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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 build-best 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred
    1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    2. Introduction
      1. What’s in This Book?
      2. Further Reading
      3. Support and Contact
    3. I. Kid Stuff
      1. 1. Lock-n-Latch Treasure Chest
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. About Board Sizes
        5. Crosscut Saw vs. Pull Saw
      2. 2. Switchbox: A Soldering Project for Greenhorns
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Voltage, Current, and Resistance
      3. 3. The Sock Squid
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Sock Cthulhu
        5. Resources
      4. 4. The PVC Teepee
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Building Tip
      5. 5. Cheap Mesh Screen Printing
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Printing Tips
        5. Resources
      6. 6. Shut-the-Box: A Pirate Dicing Game
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Game Play
          1. Standard Play
          2. Play Example
          3. Play Variations
      7. 7. Ticklebox: Jolt Your Friends
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Scrounging Tips
        5. The Mean-Ass Jingle Bear
      8. 8. Small-Board Go/Tafl
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Game Play
          1. Playing Go
            1. Liberties and Capturing Stones
            2. The Ko Rule
            3. Live and Dead
            4. Game Play
          2. Playing Tafl
          3. Other Games
            1. String Five
            2. Fox and Geese
        5. Resources
    4. II. Electro-Skiffle Band
      1. 9. X-Ray Talking Drum
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Playing the X-Ray Talking Drum
      2. 10. Thunderdrum
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Playing the Thunderdrum
        5. Resources
      3. 11. The Electro-Didgeridoo
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Playing the Didgeridoo
        5. Resources
      4. 12. The Dirt-Cheap Amp
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Tweaking the Amp
          1. The One-Component AM Radio
          2. A Frampton-Style Talk Box
        5. Resources
      5. 13. The $10 Electric Guitar
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Playing the $10 Electric Guitar
        5. Modifying the $10 Electric Guitar
        6. Building Tip
        7. Resources
      6. 14. Dirt-Cheap Boutique Stomp Boxes: The Spring Reverb
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Using the Spring Reverb
        5. Resources
      7. 15. Dirt-Cheap Boutique Stomp Boxes: The Blinkie Tremolo
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Tweaking the Blinkie Tremolo
        5. Stompable Stomp Boxes
        6. Resources
      8. 16. Dirt-Cheap Boutique Stomp Boxes: The Two-Transistor Fuzztone
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Using and Modifying the Two-Transistor Fuzztone
        5. Resources
      9. 17. Cigar-Box Synthesizer
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Expanding the Cigar-Box Synthesizer
        5. Resources
    5. III. The Locomotivated
      1. 18. Cardboard Boomerangs
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building the Fast-Catch Boomerang
        4. Building the Cross-Stick Boomerang
        5. Throwing
        6. Tuning
        7. Store-Bought Boomerangs
        8. How It Works
        9. Boomerang Design
        10. Resources
      2. 19. Pop Can Flyer
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. How It Works
        5. Bonus Project: NASA’s Finest Paper Airplane
        6. Tools
        7. Supplies
        8. Building It
      3. 20. Quick-n-Easy Water Rocket
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Building the Better Rocket
      4. 21. Putt-Putt Boat
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. How It Works
      5. 22. Jitterbug: Your First Robot
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. How It Works
        5. Modifying the Jitterbug
        6. Reverse Sumo Racing
        7. Resources
      6. 23. FedEx Kites
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies for the Diamond Kite
        3. Supplies for the Box Kite
        4. Building the Diamond Kite
        5. Building the Box Kite
        6. Flying Tips
          1. Adding the Bridle Ring
          2. Diamond Kite Pre-flight Tip
        7. Resources
      7. 24. Marshmallow Muzzleloader
        1. Tools
        2. Supplies
        3. Building It
        4. Firing Instructions
        5. How It Works
        6. Going Commando
      8. A. Electronics Components, Tools, and Skills
        1. Components
          1. Resistors: Fixed and Variable
          2. Capacitors
          3. Diodes, LEDs, and Transistors
          4. Integrated Circuits
          5. Wire
          6. Quarter-Inch Phone Plugs and Jacks
          7. Batteries, Clips, and Holders
        2. Tools
          1. The Standard Soldering Kit
          2. Helpful Additions to the Standard Kit
        3. Skills
          1. Soldering
          2. Desoldering
          3. Using a Multimeter
            1. Testing a Battery
            2. Identifying Resistance
            3. Testing Continuity
          4. Building a Circuit
            1. Troubleshooting
        4. Resources
    6. About the Author
    7. Colophon
    8. B. Updates