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Emma austin
07-03-2011, 10:03 PM
Okay I feel I am completely stupid asking this, but how do you follow the 'instructions'?
I get that all the pieces are numbered, but what is the sequence of steps?
Does 1 fit in to 2, then 2 fit in to 3?
Is there something I am missing?

Jim Good
07-04-2011, 12:14 AM
Hey Emma! Yes, you are correct. Start with 1 and follow the numbers. The pictures of the fully-assembled item will also help you. Which one are you doing?


Emma austin
07-04-2011, 12:23 AM
Thanks Jim. I haven't started yet so it might be more obvious when I am actually doing it. I have bought the cd with fire truck, truck and train. Might do the fire truck first!
Only thing is material, you all speak of Baltic birch which I have never heard of here, I was just going to try 3MM MDF. That is 1/8 isn't it? I struggle with American measurements!!

Michael Hunter
07-04-2011, 6:06 AM
MDF has a big advantage over Baltic birch for toys - if it gets broken, there are no sharp edges or splinters.
MDF is weaker though, so much more likely to get broken in the first place.

Baltic Birch is a medium/light-weight plywood, inexpensive and widely available in Europe and North America in thicknesses ranging from 1 to 12mm (and more range from specialist suppliers).
It comes in two types : exterior (water resistant) and interior grades. The interior grade cuts cleanly with a laser.
Whilst the birch ply might be difficult to find in NZ, I'm sure that there will be a local equivalent - talk to the local timber merchants.
Avoid anything that claims to be waterproof (and particularly "WBP" grades) as the glue in these is laser resistant too.

Craig Matheny
07-04-2011, 2:14 PM
There is so much more then just getting the Interior Baltic birch I know this as I make a living off making my own designs of toys like Laser Buzz as a matter of fact I started with his then decided to make my own designs. With that said Baltic birch comes in multiple grades and the thickness is very inaccurate. Start with the grade Do not buy less then BB BB grade with this grade there should be no knots in the inner layers (should be the key word) BB B has been the most consistent for the quality I need as the laser hates knots. Now thickness is a huge game as 3mm can fluctuate to a thickness that will not work with LaserBuzz pasterns or even the ones I make so I go to the yard with a wood gauge cut out of Baltic Birch with a .122" notch to check thickness of wood. I have wood that is as thin as .110 and as thick as.142 so you see a huge inconstant the time i get the best wood is the BB B or 3B 1 perfect side the other side with some football plug patches. Here is the key the center layer is suppose to be a minimum of the lowest grade so in 3B and 4B the center should be the same however recently I have gotten terrible wood in 4B. So for me I buy pallets at a time I now only buy the 3B and I take the gauge to the warehouse and pick my pallets. Good luck with the instructions I personally have rewritten some of them for LaserBuzz to make life easier.

Good Luck and have fun these are fun to do.

Gary and Jessica Houghton
07-05-2011, 3:05 PM
Start with Number 1. It has another slot that is labeled 1. Then work your way through the numbers. "Buzz" claims you might need to start with a shot of your favorite whiskey before you tackle one of these for the first time. In some cases this is true! I strongly suggest start with a dry run then glue up the joints so the finished product will remain intact. Good Luck!

We cut all of our toys out of mdf. We then suggest painting or coloring the pieces before construction. This gives children an outlet to be a bit more creative.