Scroll saw puzzle for parents

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Project by reddinosaur posted 1662 days ago 1394 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the picture using MDF which worked GREAT.

How I made it:
I scanned and printed the picture on card stock paper then used rubber cement for art to glue the picture to the MDF.
Then I made a puzzle outline on photoshop, and put that on another piece of MDF.
The 2 pieces of MDF were stacked on top of each other and held together with masking tape. This allowed the picture to be sandwiched safely.
Mat Medium can be used to seal the picture as a protective layer

I used MDF b/c it’s very easy to cut and doesn’t rip out.

I have 2 PDF files of the puzzle pieces if anyone wants it. One is 4×6” and has 24 pieces; the other is 5×7” and has 35 pieces. If you’d like the files please message me w/ an e-mail and I’ll send them =]

-- Jess

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#1 posted 1662 days ago

That’s a great idea for a gift, it turned out great and your parents will love it. I am definitely interested in the pattern if it is still available.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#2 posted 1661 days ago

Great job . I might try it if you still have the file, thanks, Bob

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 1661 days ago

Very cool I love making something similiar on my bandsaw. I’ve used spray on glue which also seems to work great on mdf.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 1661 days ago

Please send me the files. We are getting 2 scroll saws for our shop, and in our sister school, they do a puzzle project.

What I don’t understand is what the second piece of MDF is for?

Thanks, Jason (tooldad)

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#5 posted 1660 days ago

what type of scroll saws are the kids using? How long it is taking them on the saw to complete?

Thanks for the info.

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#6 posted 1660 days ago

It’s the Dewalt 788 scroll saw. The project is actually done pretty quickly b/c even when they miss the lines, it just becomes a part of the puzzle piece =p It takes about 1-3 days for them (35 min. work time/period)

-- Jess

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#7 posted 1660 days ago

Great puzzle thanks for posting.
I’m glad to see that someone else uses rubber cement to attach paper to wood. Rubber cement is easy to use and easy to clean up. It’s all I ever use to attach patterns to wood.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 1659 days ago

Great puzzle Jess. Thanks for the patterns.

-- Steve--

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#9 posted 1632 days ago

I would love to have the pattern too Jess, if you don’t mind. That is just way too cool. My dad is gonna be 80 tomorrow and him and my daughter work on puzzles everyday. He sorts and she puts it together, but something this small he could do own his own. He would love it and so do I. Very clever idea. I’m just sorry it took me this long to see this. I could have had one for him for his birthday tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this. Oh, but maybe I can do this by Father’s day. Thanks for giving me another project on my to do list.

-- Janice

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