wooden jigsaw puzzle

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Project by woodbutcher posted 12-29-2009 03:42 AM 1895 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to try cutting a wooden jigsaw puzzle, freehand. I wanted to see if it was quicker this way as opposed to using a pattern as I had done on all the puzzles for Christmas. Following a line on a pattern is just a bit more time consuming, but very little as opposed to free handing it. This puzzle of my Avatar is 7 3/4” wide x 9 3/4” tall and is comprised of 143 pieces. 1/4” BB plywood was used. It was good practice anyway!

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 03:45 AM

What did you use to cut it with?

It’s really beautiful.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 03:54 AM

I really like the irregular pieces much more than the ones by pattern.. Good going. Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 03:54 AM

Sorry I wasn’t very complete with the description. I used the little ole’ Dremel scrollsaw with a number 2/0 blade. Free hand cutting does eliminate the need for magnification though!. Ty for looking and commenting!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 04:26 AM

Ken you did a great job on your puzzle. I love cutting puzzles freehand. Its gives you a chance to make your own artistic touches cutting this way.

-- Dale

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 04:40 AM

Ken, Great way to get some extra mileage out of your father’s beautiful painting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 04:44 AM

Ken: great did you put any animals and other items as pieces.

Looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 04:52 AM

Hello Ken.

Looks great ,

if you ever took it apart I could never get it back together,, too many pieces .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 04:55 AM

Looks good must be a lot of work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 06:57 AM

Great job Ken, and a great subject matter to choose.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 07:07 AM

Fantastic puzzle. I like the free hand free form pieces better then the pattern cut ones. This is very nice.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 08:17 AM

Marvelous puzzel, breathtaking.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 06:42 PM

Ty, the irregular pieces are what is so time consuming. I still have to stop and think with each piece to make sure that it has inter-locking capabilities. Dalespuzzles, Ty Sir as I’m sure you have much more experience at this than I do! CharlieM1958, Ty-yeppers , I didn’t have to worry about any copyright infringement issues this way-LOL. Karson, I didn’t do any figurals on this one. I will try some in the future however! Griff,TY, I put it together on another board one piece at a time as I cut it! a1Jim, it took about 5 and 1/2 hours start to finish.-savannah505, Ty Sir, It is a photo of an original oil on canvas painting by my father, who was a portrait artist. scrappy, TY it does take a little more thinking , to do it free hand, but I too think the outcome is worth it!. Qmoney, Ty Sir all the credit should go to the Artist, my father, I just pushed the wood through the saw! Thanks again to all who have taken the time to view and comment. I better run now and find some thing new too try!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 06:49 PM

Ken, you just gave me some ideas for my grandkids. Thanks for this post. I liked yours too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 08:10 PM

Very nicely done Ken. You did a really great job on the free hand cutting, and I personally think that it looks a lot better and more challenging than the pattern cuts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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