4 New Puzzles

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Project by ScrollSawVideo posted 08-23-2010 06:11 PM 1999 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of the latest puzzles in the arsenal. Each one is a different size.
1) I found a piece of spalted pine on a pallet. There is a border with pieces inside. Danish oil was applied and ‘yellowed’ the wood.
2) LOL…I found this piece in my scrap bin. It started out with 3/4 cherry and maple laminated together. I sliced it like bread and cut the puzzle with dog eared pieces. Still don’t remember the original purpose of the laminated wood.
3) Another laminated board that was bread sliced and the ends were cut off and rotated.
4)This piece was resawed from a 3 1/2 inch square reclaimed walnut burl. Note the right side with the awesome texture.

My favorite is #4. Although I do make some traditional style jigsaw puzzles, this style really intrigues me. I hope you like them.


-- Karl. N. Atlanta

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 06:16 PM

How do you do that?

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 06:28 PM

Very Nice! Do you use a pattern… or just free-hand the pieces? And yes… I will vote with you on #4. Beautiful!!

-- Bogie... Roseburg, OR / Knowledge is Power!

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 01:53 AM

Want a challenge? Do one of these from a marquetry piece.
(the sound you hear is evil laughter from my devilish side) lol

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 02:16 AM

Those are great. I agree – the burl is awesome! Wonderful scroll work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 02:41 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 01:04 PM

Man you have way too much time on your hands, just kidding. That is amazing, I can’t imagine the time it would take to cut all those pieces. It is beautiful though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 05:37 PM


I am assuming a scroll saw, unless you are super fortunate to have an epilog laser, what blades do you use? How long did one of them take?

I’ve cut the Peterson animal puzzles and cannot even imagine completing one of those you show.


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#8 posted 08-24-2010 06:25 PM

Yes, a scroll saw was used. A laser would leave burnt edges. I use the Flying Dutchman puzzle blades which are close to a 3/0 in size. Actually, I spent 4 times as much time sanding these than it took scrolling them. Each side is as smooth as glass with zero sanding marks. The three ply laminated puzzle looks like sanding marks, but it is actually the wood grain. I started off by resawing, then on to the Performax with 120 to 180 grit. After that I hand sanded up to 220. Last sanding was with the gray than white sanding pads. When all that was done, I dipped each piece in Danish oil and let dry for at least 7 days. Spray Deft lacquer with 2 coats with a polish between each coat. Last, I put each completed puzzle in a heat treated shrink wrap machine to keep assembled. Lots of detail go into these puzzles. I think there are around 20 in my collection now. My goal is to make 150 or so and take them to the National Puzzle Convention.

-- Karl. N. Atlanta

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