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Christian Amey
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After receiving this in the mail,



I decided to delve into the world of DIY foam core inserts. Thanks to some suggestions from a couple members of the Boardgame Geek Facebook group,

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I was able to get my concept down on paper,



and get my work space ready.



First step, create the interior foam core insert,



then layout the cards and components to check spacing.



Next, I began work on the individual player component boxes,



pinned the sides and verified fit before gluing them together. (I also notched the box to fit the game board and rulebook)



After player boxes were completed, I created the general supply box to hold the remaining tokens. (sorry I didn't take any pictures during this part of the build)



Here is the finished product before putting it back in the game box,



and with the game board in place,


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And with the extra foam core I was able to put together a quick divider for my copy of The Grizzled,



 
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Garry Rice
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Very nice!

What glue do you use for foamcore inserts?
 
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Christian Amey
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garry_rice wrote:
Very nice!

What glue do you use for foamcore inserts?


Thanks. I just used Elmer's white glue. Seems to have held very well.
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+1 for Elmer's White Glue. Although I find that sometimes it doesn't hold as well so I supplement with small nails for additional strength.
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Thanks so much for this posting. It's exactly what I was looking for. Well done insert!!!

Those cards look pretty tight. Do you think they would hold sleeved cards?

Edit: I just took a quick measure and I think it will hold sleeved cards. Snug but not too snug.
 
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Boogus wrote:
Thanks so much for this posting. It's exactly what I was looking for. Well done insert!!!


Thanks for the compliment. I was pleased with my first attempt at building an insert. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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Those cards look pretty tight. Do you think they would hold sleeved cards?


I don't generally sleeve my cards but I do have the Space Trip KS project card still in the sleeve and it fits in 3 out of the 4 slots with wiggle room. I did have some trouble getting the spacing symmetrical for the cards for some reason. It was also the last thing I did so I may have been getting lazy.

I'm a bit concerned with the overall strength of the game box itself. I don't think it will survive.
 
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Hello looks awesome just wondering what size sheet of foam you needed for this? Thanks
 
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bethster1 wrote:
Hello looks awesome just wondering what size sheet of foam you needed for this? Thanks


I don't remember off the top of my head but, looking closer at the second image, the square I used is 16" x 24". My local craft store has 18" x 24" and 20" x 30". I did have a little left over when finished. Hope this helps.
 
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I recommend hot glue for foam board. It holds very well.
Also foam in 20x30 sheets is avalible from dollar tree for 1$
 
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macliffhanger wrote:
I recommend hot glue for foam board. It holds very well.
Also foam in 20x30 sheets is avalible from dollar tree for 1$


Personally, I don't use hot glue for foam board as from my model making experience, it melts the middle foam bit which isn't ideal. I use PVA, but that's just me
 
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