Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred
Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: November 2010
Pages: 360

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:

  • A simple electric guitar
  • An oversized joy buzzer that (safely) administers a 100-volt jolt
  • Cool, mess-free, screen printed t-shirts
  • Kites made from FedEx envelopes
  • Booming Thunderdrums made from salvaged x-ray film
  • Old school board games like Go, Tafl, and Shut-the-Box

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!

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Excitingly dangerous and fun!

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  • Helpful examples
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Kid-friendly


  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred:

I had the privilege of reviewing a newly released book by David Erik Nelson called "Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred". The cover is a bit geeky for me but the title "Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred" sounds excitingly dangerous and fun!

I love books with step-by-step, illustrated instructions and this book comes with 24 quirky DIY projects that we can try on!

The book is categorised into 3 parts: Kid Stuff in which the skills taught include basic sewing, carpentry, and electronics, Electro-Skiffe Band which is an all music projects and requires slightly more advanced carpentry and soldering skills and The Locomotivated which is dedicated to flying and projectile toys.

Some of the projects however are too advanced for me, especially those under the Electro-Skiffe Band part. For example, the "x-Ray Talking Drum" project requires tools and supplies which are much more difficult for me to obtain, such as a large X–ray and a miter box.

I do love the fact that the projects in this book are designed to cost $10 or less and include kid-friendly crafts such as my favourites which are "The Sock Squid", "Cardboard Boomerangs" and "FedEx Kites", all of which are made of products which can be found in our home and does not costs much at all!

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.

In my opinion, this book is a good choice for parents or teachers who would like to try their hands on craft works which do not costs much and at the same time wants to learn useful skills in sewing, carpentry, electronics, and soldering.

I was provided with a soft copy of the book by the publisher via my association with BookPleasures to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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