by David Erik Nelson
November 2010, 360 pp.
Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is packed with fun craft and toy-making projects for geeks on a budget. Inside, you’ll find illustrated instructions for 24 quirky playthings. Part I: Kid Stuff contains child-friendly projects like the Lock-N-Latch Treasure Chest and a PVC TeePee; Part II: The Electro-Skiffle Band is devoted to homemade musical instruments; and Part III: The Locomotivated showcases moving toys, like a muzzleloader that shoots marshmallows and a steam-powered milk-carton boat.
Each project costs just $10 or less to make and is suitable for anyone, regardless of experience level. As you build, you’ll learn useful sewing and carpentry skills, and the appendix offers a primer on electronics and soldering.
You (and your kids) will have hours of fun making projects like:
Whether you’re a mom or dad in search of a rainy day activity, a Scout leader looking to educate and entertain your troop, or just a DIY weekend warrior, the projects in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred will inspire and amuse you. Now, roll up your sleeves and make!
About the Author
David Erik Nelson is a freelance writer and former high school teacher. His fiction has been nominated for a Nebula award and has appeared in Asimov's, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and the forthcoming Steampunk Reloaded anthology. He developed the projects in this book at an alternative school with plenty of feedback from his students. He is a contributor to the “Ask the Giant Squid” advice column at Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), a weekly online literary journal.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Kid Stuff
Project 1: Lock-n-Latch Treasure Chest
Part 2: The Electro-Skiffle Band
Project 9: X-Ray Talking Drums
Part 3: Locomotivated
Project 18: Cardboard Boomerangs
Appendix: Electronics and Soldering(top)
"Nelson aims to make each project in Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred an opportunity to develop a new skill that you could apply to other pursuits. Sewing, sawing, silk screen printing, and soldering: Nelson somehow manages to make them all doable."
"Former high-school teacher David Erik Nelson serves up a helping of fun."
"If you want to spend 2013 with practical hands-on learning experiences, this is is a treasure trove of ideas. Better yet, they're all cheap ideas that you can do without buying a gigantic robotics kit or huge machinery, and there’s enough room to build on the ideas for new inspiration."
"Do-it-yourselfers and other craftspeople who would like to introduce children (their own or borrowed) to the pleasure of using tools and creating things will find a lot to keep them busy within the pages of Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred."
Kipkay makes The Ticklebox, from Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred. Watch the video here.
"This book is a terrific catalyst for igniting the imagination—and not only in kids, but in any adult with even a bit of curiosity."
"Sustainability is often mistakenly paired with austerity, but Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred shows that thrift, recycling, and a little craft can make for great fun and family memories."
"This is the stuff that magic and dreams are made of in childhood, at least for those kids who have the idea that magic can be handmade. Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a seriously cool book."
"Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a fantastic book for parents who are interested in creating an atmosphere of camaraderie with their child while also creating cool toys and gizmos."
"We highly recommend this book!"
LoveToKnow Crafts interviews David Erik Nelson about Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred. Read the interview here.
"Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred is a great book. It has a ton of great, fun projects you can do as a family."
"If you've got kids in the 6-14 year-old range, and want to make some cool things, I'm going to recommend this book for you."
"This book is full of fun projects with instructions and black and white photos of things that any geek at heart or child would be interested in. Especially boys!"
"The coolness factor on each of these projects is pretty high."
"There are 24 special projects offered, which means you can do one every weekend for the next six months, almost guaranteeing your kids will learn a lot without being distracted or claim that they are bored."
"There is a great deal of fun to be had from craft and electronics projects and this book introduces skills that today's kids might have missed out on."
"The book was a great read and was inspiring to re-use and re-purpose things around our house to make new 'toys'!"
"Frankly, I love the whole concept of the book."
"The projects are fantastic. Sure to inspire any budding tinkerer."