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

By David Erik Nelson

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is choked with enjoyable craft and toy-making tasks for geeks on the cheap. inside of, you will discover illustrated directions for twenty-four quirky playthings. half I: child Stuff includes child-friendly initiatives just like the Lock-N-Latch Treasure Chest and a PVC TeePee; half II: The Electro-Skiffle Band is dedicated to do-it-yourself musical tools; and half III: The Locomotivated showcases relocating toys, like a muzzleloader that shoots marshmallows and a steam-powered milk-carton boat.

Each undertaking expenditures simply $10 or much less to make and is appropriate for somebody, despite event point. As you construct, you will research valuable stitching and carpentry abilities, and the appendix deals a primer on electronics and soldering.

You (and your children) could have hours of enjoyable making initiatives like:

  • A easy electrical guitar
  • An outsized pleasure buzzer that (safely) administers a 100-volt jolt
  • Cool, mess-free, display published t-shirts
  • Kites made up of FedEx envelopes
  • Booming Thunderdrums made of salvaged x-ray film
  • Old institution board video games like pass, Tafl, and Shut-the-Box

Whether you are a mother or dad looking for a wet day job, a Scout chief trying to teach and entertain your troop, or simply a DIY weekend warrior, the tasks in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred will motivate and amuse you. Now, roll up your sleeves and make!

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