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Andrew Tullsen
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So you want to make a nice folding board?

Here's how I do mine. Hopefully it helps you.

First you need your materials.

-Full page label sheets
-chipboard
-Printer
-strong tape

-Rotary Cutter
-Steel ruler
-Cutting mat

I printed out the map in 6 pieces on legal size full page label sheets.
I used ImageSplitter.exe by FNH1 to split it up.



Next, line up the sheets, and plan how you will procede. This step is key. What you want to do is have some sheets fold in on themselves, and some fold out. These have to alternate, or it won't fold properly.

I am going to have the upper 2 left ones, and the lower 2 left ones fold in on each other.





Here I have them on the chipboard I am going to mount them on.
Not actually mounted yet though.






A clean slice down the center of the chipboard.





Now you use the tape, and tape down the whole length of the cut chipboard.





I forgot to do this step before, but you can do it anytime. You need to trim the edges off the sides of the sheets you are putting together.
So I did that, and then I peeled the backing off the sheets, and put them together, lining them up on the fold.





I also mounted the 2 other spare pieces to other pieces of chipboard. Then I cut out all the pieces, leaving me with 2 double folding board pieces, and 2 other board pieces.






Line them all up, and flip them over to the back side. Now you are going to make it a full folding board.






The tape again, taping it together.






And the finished product!







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Great tutorial Andrew. I just have one thing to add about tape.

The absolute best tape to use for folding boards is book repair tape. I recently bought a roll of the stuff produced by Lineco. It's two inches wide black cloth with a super strong adhesive. Of course, it is designed to act as a hinge, and it does so beautifully. So if any of you do plan on making folding game boards and have not yet bought a good tape, do yourself a favor and get the good stuff. You won't be disappointed.

Edit: I also found some more here that comes in black, blue, green, red, and white.
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Linen cloth tape can also be found here:

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=32122&cat=1,432...

Lee Valley is an awesome company to deal with. I quite regularly make a pilgrimage there and relieve myself of some accumulated wealth.

They also have other stuff that might be useful to gamers and designers.

Crokinole pieces and other wooden parts http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=60004&cat=2,4...

Pin Router for templates http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=43038&cat=1,430...

They are mainly a woodworking and gardening supplier.
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At the risk of getting a slap from Andrew for following him around and commenting on all his posts I will say I have one of these very boards that Andrew made and it is a great way to make a board. Solid sturdy and folds well. I was very impressed with the results.

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krakenfan69 wrote:
At the risk of getting a slap from Andrew for following him around and commenting on all his posts I will say I have one of these very boards that Andrew made and it is a great way to make a board. Solid sturdy and folds well. I was very impressed with the results.

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What chipboard do you use (specs)? And where do you find it?

Thanks!
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I use this chipboard here, the single thickness stuff:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/all-purpose-chipboard/#des...


And I use this tape here:
http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-3299



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How prone is the single thickness to warping, and does the double thickness help prevent that at all?
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byronczimmer wrote:
How prone is the single thickness to warping, and does the double thickness help prevent that at all?


I haven't noticed it warping much at all. Also, I have tried the double thickness, but I gave up, as it was really, really hard to cut.
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I just made a few custom boards for Dogfight: Starship Edition using the double thickness chipboard from Blick Art Materials. I found using a standard box cutter or utility knife with a fresh blade works well. I sliced up an entire large sheet using 1 blade (though part way through I should have changed). The trick is not to try to cut all of the way through. Two to three passes works best.

BTW I am Using the Scotch Brand Book Repair Tape (#845 I think) and it is working wonderfully!

I hope to have a how-to and pics soon. I created gutterless bifold boards.

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Howitzer_120mm wrote:
I haven't noticed it warping much at all. Also, I have tried the double thickness, but I gave up, as it was really, really hard to cut.


I wonder what Artists/Framers use to cut it.
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TheChin! wrote:
Howitzer_120mm wrote:
I haven't noticed it warping much at all. Also, I have tried the double thickness, but I gave up, as it was really, really hard to cut.


I wonder what Artists/Framers use to cut it.


Less precise tools?
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byronczimmer wrote:
TheChin! wrote:
I wonder what Artists/Framers use to cut it.
Less precise tools?

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robkoch2112 wrote:
The trick is not to try to cut all of the way through. Two to three passes works best.

Yes, exactly. I use a utility knife for that heavy stuff and make several passes with a fresh blade. You have to make sure your hand doesn't waver, but it comes out with a very clean edge. You can't cut it in one pass with hand tools.
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Nice guide. What game did you make?
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Game Guardian wrote:
Nice guide. What game did you make?


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Really good tutorial.

For me the most difficult part in this process is cutting those 12 pieces ( six chipboard and 6 print outs), so that all are the same shape / size whatever...

Even with very little inaccuracy the board looks not good any more (or it looks funny: oh, your daughter has played with scissors ).

I found it helpful to sand the edge on top of the board with sandpaper to give them a little round shape. It gives a nicer surface (no sharp edges) and the glued-on paper doesn't tear off at the edges.



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Next up - Folding protein, the DIY method.
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Exacto knife, #11 blade, 36" metal ruler, and a steady hand can do almost anything. Just made a dice tower out of a plastic Tang container today, and along with a hot glue gun, and some chopsticks, that was all I needed...
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Pling wrote:
Exacto knife, #11 blade, 36" metal ruler, and a steady hand can do almost anything. Just made a dice tower out of a plastic Tang container today, and along with a hot glue gun, and some chopsticks, that was all I needed...


So let me get this strait...

They still make Tang?
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I used ImageSplitter.exe by FNH1 to split it up.


Do you have a link for this? I'm a photoshop/image editing noob, so dealing with image files is the most daunting part of this process for me...

Thanks for the tutorial!
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kbjack wrote:
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I used ImageSplitter.exe by FNH1 to split it up.


Do you have a link for this? I'm a photoshop/image editing noob, so dealing with image files is the most daunting part of this process for me...

Thanks for the tutorial!



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kbjack wrote:
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I used ImageSplitter.exe by FNH1 to split it up.


Do you have a link for this? I'm a photoshop/image editing noob, so dealing with image files is the most daunting part of this process for me...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Should be pretty simple in Photoshop. Just copy parts of the image and paste into new images.

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I use PosteRazor (http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/) for slicing my images. I also allows the defining of overlaps. Works nicely on all platforms (Win/Mac/Linux) and the price is right (FREE!)

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Howitzer_120mm wrote:



I used ImageSplitter.exe by FNH1 to split it up.


[-]Were can I find that?[\-]

Oh, guess it would help if I looked a couple post ahead of mine.
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