In the post-apocalypse, you want Aaron Day on your team. Using incredibly limited resources, he manages to recreate Settlers of Catan, one of the most beloved board games, using an inspired and economical approach to woodworking. He makes all of the game pieces out of a single 2x4.

What might be the most interesting/painstaking part involved the creation of the game’s resource and development cards. First, Day shaved long strips of wood off the 2x4 , and then soaked them in water. Day then ironed the now-pliable shavings flat, glued them into sheets, cut out cards of the appropriate size, and then transferred images onto them. Now that’s clever resource management.

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