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Measure 2 Dozen Times, Cut Once

In an effort to solve my aforementioned deadline crisis, I've gone back to drawing on the board.  I need to etch the boards faster. After discussing the problem with fellow TechShoppers, I decided that more data was needed. I spent … Continue reading

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Swheat!

Just a tiny update – the wheat design has undergone more tweaking and is now giving me perfect results from the laser.

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Vast Cans of Canvas Vats

Some of the feedback I've got about the Catan frame is that leather doesn't jive with some people's ethics.  So I need to come up with a solution for people who want a rad Catan frame but whose conscience would … Continue reading

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On Point

There was some scrap MDF lying around at TechShop last night, and I had some time to kill, so I thought I'd try an idea out. "We'll do it live!", as the saying goes. This is a point counter.  Not … Continue reading

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Smoke Some Wheat

To fix my over-burnt wheat problem, I’ve revised my design with a nice smoky grey in the detailed area. I’ll try this at the laser later this week and see if that fixes the issue.

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Cut First, or Etch First?

Yesterday, I tried an experiment. In the process of lasering the board, there are two operations, cutting and etching. Cutting uses vector input and blasts the laser all the way through the wood. Etching uses raster input and cuts at … Continue reading

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Immortal Technique

At TechShop, laser cutter time is limited to two hours.  I try to not be a jerk and have my area vacated before that deadline.  But this is a big job. I figured out a technique to estimate the time … Continue reading

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Carrying on

Sometimes when playing a board game, you get interrupted by events like meals or surgery — things that require the use of the table on which you had the board set up. This benefit, being able to pick up and … Continue reading

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Stop Motion

This weekend I finished version 3 of my Catan frame. The problem with version 2 was that the cuts were off by exactly 2 millimeters, so the two sides would not close together inwards. This new one was cut with … Continue reading

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Start the Presses

The best way I can think of to attach the wood to the leather is glue. Screws would be labour intensive and look bad, and I couldn't come up with a friction or woven solution. This is the last step … Continue reading

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