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Game Board Help?

Fri May 25, 2012 2:41 pm

Hi all
Recently I've been looking to make a few 2 by 2 boards
I've tried polystyrine but its very messy and quite hard to cut
Has anybody got any reasonably cheap, good ideas on how to make one?

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Fri May 25, 2012 2:54 pm

that matters for what you make,
for a flat grassland I use hardboard, and use plystirene for some elevation.
if you want to have much elevation you have to make it fully with polystirene.
I hope this clears some things up,

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Fri May 25, 2012 3:32 pm

thanks
I'll probly use polystyrine then
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Fri May 25, 2012 11:35 pm

Yeah, it's messy stuff. I've looked around for alternatives, but nothing seems to be inexpensive enough for my liking!

Foamboard is quite popular, as it's quite rigid but very modifiable. But if you want to stick with polystyrene, a hot-wire cutter might be of use to you.
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Sat May 26, 2012 8:34 am

Where do you get them?!
If it cuts down on the giant mess I make its diffinetly worth it! :D
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Sat May 26, 2012 6:03 pm

I would imagine you can get them at either hardware stores or craft stores. I think the idea is that it's just a piece of wire that gets heated, which means you can melt your way through the polystyrene instead of cutting through it with a saw. So yeah, more precise, more convenient, probably tidier.
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Sun May 27, 2012 1:23 am

Are hot wire cutters expensive?

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Sun May 27, 2012 2:55 am

Eldarion Telcontar wrote:Are hot wire cutters expensive?

I think they normally run for $20-$50 Canadian..... So whatever that is in your currency.

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Sun May 27, 2012 6:16 am

theavenger001 wrote:
Eldarion Telcontar wrote:Are hot wire cutters expensive?

I think they normally run for $20-$50 Canadian..... So whatever that is in your currency.


Thanks.

Another question, I've got a couple 3'x3's boards of what I think is plywood, which I got around 8 years ago but never got round to using. Has anyone used plywood for a game board? It seems quite light and acceptably durable to me.
I may use it at some point to make a mines/cave similar with narrow passageways similar to Feanor's Dwarven Mines, using chunks of polystyrene / roofmate etc for the walls. What sort of glue would be best for plywood + poylstyrene foam etc? PVA? 'Hot' Glue?


Apologies to the OP for hijacking this thread for my own questions. :lol:

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Re: Game Board Help?

Mon May 28, 2012 3:30 am

Hot knife
http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tool ... 66182.html
Image Image The $250 hot knife next to the $20 hot knife. The cheap one cuts just as fast but does not have detachable blades, jigs and accessories.
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A Table wire saw with circle cutter,rip fence and shaping accessories next to some homemade wire cutters and wood burners. The wire table cutter also cross cuts and miters.
Plywood works fine. PVA, Liquid nails and wood screws work best with plywood.A jigsaw is a must.http://www.harborfreight.com/power-tool ... 46055.html
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