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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred by David Erik Nelson

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Building It

  1. Prepare the surface of the board. First use the medium-grit sandpaper to take the splinters off of the sawed edges and remove any gouges from the surface you are going to burn. Take the time to get your burning surface as smooth as possible, as this will vastly reduce your frustration in Steps 3 and 4. Once the surface is free of ridges, divots, and bumps, use the fine paper to buff out the signs of the heavier sanding.

  2. Use your straightedge to lightly pencil in an eight-by-eight grid of 1″ squares, as illustrated in Figure 8-5. After you’ve drawn the grid, add the Go board’s stars (the 5 small, dark boxes) and the Tafl bases (the 20 Xs). Double-check your work against Figure 8-6, since it’s easy to erase pencil and hard to erase charred ...

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