Hello. I am an expierenced dm as far as rules go but I am just venture in to crafting. I am trying desperately to figure out how to do this but am having trouble even replicating the wooden plank popsicle sticks I saw in an early Wylock vid. Help would be much appreciated.
You can often get it at a Michaels or Hobby Lobby with a 40% to 50% off coupon.
Some folks, including Wyloch, use other types of cutters to trim the sticks to size, but I found that the cutter designed for the job works best for me. It comes in 2 sizes. The one shown at that URL is the smaller.
By the way, if you live in the USA and are getting into crafting, it's a big money-saver to download the store apps for those 2 stores and for Joanns. You will get at least one 40% or 50% off coupon each week. Joanns was originally a fabric store but now also has a large selection of crafting stuff. These stores overlap a lot in their stock, but also have some differences in what they carry.
To make the most of the coupons [which only apply to items that are NOT on sale], you must exercise great restraint and only buy the item you are getting with the coupon! Even if you don't live near one of these stores, the coupons are worth using when you do make a trip to a larger town.
An alternative to that cutter is a mini miter saw.
If you want to cut prominent graining in the sticks to make them look more like floor planks grooved along the grain from use, you might find a small parting tool easier to use than a knife. I think the one recommended by Curufin is the 75-degree parting tool Lee Valley shows on its "Japanese Detail Carving Tools" page. It's item E on this page as of 12/29/2017. www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=44106&cat=1,130,43332,43334&ap=1
Not exactly cheap, but not expensive either. And if it is something you will use a lot, it's worth the relatively small cost.
WELCOME ABOARD, jackthefox! May your stay be a LONG & MERRY affair.
Best bet is to post a couple of photos of what you are trying to do. If it looks like you need help, the advice will come pouring in. When you get it right, the praise will replace the advice. The photos will supply something specific to give advice on.
I'd never join a club that would have me as a member. G. Marx
Welcome fellow traveler. Hope you enjoy your stay here. As far as cutting sticks, either coffee sturers or popsycle sticks, I use a Chop-It from Micro-Mark. The nice thing about these choppers is that once you get the right length, you can use the right angle guide and the stop to cut multiples the same size very quickly and accurately. Saves me lots of time!
As far as places to buy supplies, I agree with margaret, Michaels, Joanns and Hobby Lobby are great places to buy them. Unfortunately for me, the nearest Hobby Lobby is quite a distance away, so I don't visit there as much as the other two.
I look forward to any pictures of your crafts you wish to share with us!
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May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
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factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
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factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
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