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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred

Cover of Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred by David Erik Nelson Published by No Starch Press

Building It

  1. Lay out the long, rectangular canvas tarp on the floor horizontally, fold it in half once crosswise, and then again (also crosswise), so that it is a rough square with four layers of fabric. Your 4′ by 15′ tarp is actually a bit smaller than that (the finished size—the actual size of the tarp once it’s been hemmed at the factory—is usually closer to 3 3/4′ by 14 3/4′), so this square is roughly 44″ tall by 47″ wide. Now fold it once lengthwise, along the vertical axis, resulting in a packet of cloth that has eight layers and is 44″ tall by 23 1/2″ wide).

  2. Starting at the folded edge, measure 5″ along the top of your folded canvas and mark this point. Draw a line from your mark to the opposite lower corner (the longest possible line that ...

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