Laser Cut Box Insert (Shadowrun Crossfire)

So one of the things that really kicked this laser inserts project off is Skytraders from Fantasy Flight Games which is a fantastic game but neigh impossible to play due to setup involving lots of little piles that need to be separated at the start of play. Since it is so involved, I was considering this my capstone project (we’ll get there chronologically). Next up came Shadowrun Crossfire from Catalyst Game Labs, which i absolutely recommend, it is a great co-op game.

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Shadowrun Crossfire plus High Caliber Ops expansion with the original vanilla packaging. There is lots of extra space, so much so that everything can get jumbled.

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Board Gamer’s Dilemma: Laser Cut Box Insert (The Resistance)

It has been a little while, like a few years, but I am back with whats new in my world.

The phone cradle didn’t end up working out. In the end, I just couldn’t fab something springy and small enough at the time to hold the contact on both sides. But I have a new phone with Qi charging and all is well in phones (future project to inlay a charger into a desk, more in another post). Keep your SD card slots and 3.5 jacks despite what the comms overlords would press on you. But, on to today’s conundrum.

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The Resistance with the original vanilla packaging. The cards don’t fit now that they have been sleeved.

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Phone Cradle

I’ve had a Casio Commando 2 C811 LTE smart phone for a while now, and I was thinking about picking up a charging cradle for it. I remember back when I had the Casio Boulder flip phone, the charging cradle came standard in the box with it and was rather handy. I figured the cradle wouldn’t cost much more than a phone charger (~$10), being little more than shaped plastic with a connector and cables running through it. Unfortunately, Casio thinks this simple device is now worth a whopping $50, instead of being free with the phone (apparently the cradle for even the original commando was ~$30). Thus motivated, I was inspired by the works of Objectivityiskey and buffal0b1ll who seem to have had similar issues.

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Boulder charging cradle that used to come standard with the phone

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Not enough hours in the day

Since I’m not finding as much time as I had hopped to fill out this blog, I thought I’d throw up some pictures of the final result and add the process later.

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Rigging the kayakamaran

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Begining of a Summer Project

When I graduated from UMass this summer and came home to live with my folks before joining the real world, I knew I had to find some kind of project to fill my free time to counteract the decelerated pace of life in Vermont.

Eventually I decided what out packed house really need was another boat. After all, five boats that can hold about ten people all together is hardly enough for a house of four. Thus far, all of our water craft have been of the paddling/rowing variety, so the obvious choice was to add a sailing vessel to the fleet. Though I hadn’t been sailing in years, and haven’t made anything of this sort or scale, I easily convinced myself that surly this ancient crafting art couldn’t be that complicated.

Before I started to really knuckle down and research wooden boats, I thought to myself, I would be remiss is I ignored all my years of education as an engineer and failed to come up with some goals prior to burying myself in theory and thought.

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