Introduction: Laser Cut Miniature Sailboats
This instructable was made for a K-1 summer camp activity, however, it is versatile enough to make work for K-5. The project itself took a total of about ten minutes to make. It can be easily personalized with felt and stickers, as well as paint and markers. The campers really enjoyed this activity, and we hope you do too!
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Step 1: THE DESIGN & THE PIECES YOU'LL NEED
For all our campers, we pre-cut the pieces (see attached file) to take up less time. Besides the file and the wood, you will also need hot glue, school glue, and some cloth to make the sails. The assembly is very simple, and does not take a lot of time.
Step 2: THE ASSEMBLY
The first thing we did was to hot glue the cloth triangles to the t-shape mast. Make sure to keep a close eye on the kids, as hot glue can easily burn! We spread the hot glue on the mast, then put the cloth into the glue. It only needs to be held for a couple of seconds as it cools down.
We used school glue to assemble all the pieces together, starting with the top flat piece and working our way down. Hot glue can be used for this, we found that both are effective. We used a clamp to hold down the wooden pieces as they dried, but you can always just hold them down with your hands.
After the flat boat pieces dried, we glued the sail to the boat, putting glue in the slot on the top piece. We let it dry, and voila! Your very own laser cut boat!
Step 3: TEACHER NOTES/PROBLEMS TO WATCH FOR
Be wary of excessive glue use. Because you smoosh the pieces together, a dot of glue goes a lonnnggg way. The kids really wanted to play with their boats before the glue dried (glue takes about 10 minutes to be dry.)