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Sunflower Puzzle for Sister-In-Law's Mother-In-Law

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 05-16-2014 01:43 PM 809 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s sister is Dana, and her mother-in-law enjoys assembling puzzles. Well, seeing as how I make puzzles, Dana requested a puzzle for her mother-in-law having sunflowers, and this one has lots of them.

The first image is the reference image.
The second is the puzzle, presentation/storage box and reference image on an assembly board.
The last image is the presentation/storage box

Don’t tell anyone, but what’s in the box is actually three puzzles: the one shown here, a puzzle of one of Dana’s own sunflowers, and one of Dana with her sunflower.

The main puzzle is 16 by 20 inches and has 350 pieces.
The other two are about 8 by 10 and each has 120 pieces.

So, the box has 690 pieces worth of puzzling fun.

The box has two images of the main puzzle on its exterior, and it’s lined with felt.

Have a great day, Lumberjocks.





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#1 posted 05-16-2014 01:49 PM

Wonderful work, Russ! The puzzles and box are outstanding! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 02:51 PM

Wow I’m blown away ,outstanding!!!

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 03:38 PM

Wow. pretty cool. But wait… did you say there are three DIFFERENT puzzles in that box? You just mixed all the pieces together?

What a dirty trick to play (but I LIKE IT!) :-)

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#4 posted 05-16-2014 08:04 PM

Awesome

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#5 posted 05-16-2014 08:59 PM

Cool. That is really neat!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 09:29 PM

Thanks, folks.
Joe, yep, there are three distinct puzzles in the box. I think the Dana’s mother-in-law will enjoy the challenge. All three images are distinct and I cut each puzzle to have distinctly shaped pieces.

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#7 posted 05-16-2014 10:21 PM

You gonna TELL her that there’s 3 different puzzles in there? Or just let her figure it out for herself?

My daughter likes doing puzzles, and I’m liking this idea of mixing several puzzles in one box and let the gift recipient figure it out!

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#8 posted 05-16-2014 11:21 PM

Joe,
Making puzzles that are tricky, devious, difficult and time-consuming is a artform of its own. Some puzzle maker’s primary focus is that of making assembly as difficult as possible. And, they will oftentimes sell their puzzles with no reference photo so the puzzlist must work it all out on their own.

If you google wooden puzzles, you will find quite a few makers and a good fraction of them who gloat about the high level of difficulty in putting their puzzles together.

Kids are full of surprises. Your daughter just might put all the puzzles together with hardly a concern for there being several of them mixed.

If you’re a scroller making puzzles should be part of your repertoire. It’s lots of fun. It’s challenging. And, you get to make something very special for someone special.

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#9 posted 05-16-2014 11:59 PM

Joe,
She will have to learn about the second and third puzzles on her own. If as a result she thinks of me in naughty terms I’ll just have to deal with it. Plus, I like doing woodwork that makes me feel ever so slightly like a naughty boy.

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#10 posted 05-17-2014 12:28 AM

Very COOL Joe!

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#11 posted 05-17-2014 05:46 PM

That should keep them busy! Nice work.

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 11:46 AM

Thanks Russ … I’m not currently a scroller, but who knows? Maybe someday…

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#13 posted 05-19-2014 03:23 AM

Very cool. That is a great puzzle and I love that there are actually three different puzzles in one box. I tried my hand at a very simple (6 piece) puzzle a few months back and was hooked immediately. I can’t wait to do more puzzles in the future and I think I may try your multiple puzzles in one box trick. Thanks for sharing this inspiring project!

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#14 posted 05-19-2014 11:20 AM

Thanks everybody.

UPDATE: My sister in law received the puzzle and she is very happy with it. She sees the reference images with the puzzle, but she has not assembled it, leaving her unaware of the other two puzzles. I’ll share the images with you folks. These are the originals. The puzzle images are edits of these, a bit of cropping and color balancing.

Enjoy your day Lumberjocks.

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