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Still toiling over another model/toy boat.  Laser cutting is a great way to make things and the precision available constantly tempts me to make more complex designs.  But complex is not necessarily the way to go, when what I am looking for is play value, simple clean lines and ease of assembly.  This (detail) drawing …

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I went to Ross-on-Wye yesterday  where my son Luke has a lovely organic food shop, Field Fayre.    The town has started having a craft market on Saturdays; Field Fayre has some homemade items and I thought we might sell some of the MixPly models.  That did happen but the day was slow regarding sales.  …

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A trip through the rain to Basically Wooden in Devon to collect many laser-cut toy boats, ready for packaging and hopefully for some sales.  Sue and Andrew at Basically Wooden design, laser-cut and assemble fine objects for the gaming world, and some other items.  They have just made a new dice tower, really lovely.  They …

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Yours for just £9.95, introductory offer while stocks last.  This press-out version is supplied with pva glue. 3mm plywood, laser-cut and sanded on both sides, approx 20cm x 10cm. Instructions included.  Contains small parts so not suitable for children under 3.  Assembly may need adult assistance.  Free postage in the UK, £3 for the European …

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Working on a steampunk design for a helicopter, I have struggled the last few days to get a look that will translate to plywood.  The devil really is in the detail.  My plywood laser-cut toys are plain and unadorned but steampunk is not about clean lines. I spent a while this morning drawing this window in …

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I have been using Affinity Designer (AD) to make instruction sheets for my plywood construction toys – a process which often seems more painstaking than designing the things themselves. These are vector files – raster files become huge and slow – and were originally created in Illustrator using the 3D function.  But they original won’t …

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I have been using Affinity Designer (AD) to correct and amend five files – plywood model boats and helicopter, which means opening the Adobe Illustrator .ai file, working on it then ‘Exporting‘ it in .svg format, AD can only Save in it’s own format, .afdesign. This is a weakness in the AD setup and doesn’t …

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