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Project by woodbutcher posted 09-08-2010 10:36 PM 2034 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Constituting America . org is a website dedicated to informing individuals about our history. They recently ran a contest which involved studying the Federalist papers. The contestants were then awarded prizes. This was donated as one of those prizes. The portrait was painted by John Trumbull and depicts the “Signing of the Declaration of Independence” and appears on thier websites homepage. So I decided that it would be a fitting subject for a puzzle. The finished puzzle is 12” x 18” and consists of approximately 495 pieces. The portrait was laminated to 5 ply baltic birch plywood and then meticulously hand cut one piece at a time on a scroll saw insuring that no two pieces were a like. I felt that it needed a box to keep all the pieces in one place, so I made one. The box is constructed of African Mahogany and figured Maple. The box is approximately 9”x9”x6.5”. I wish I had been able to produce better photos for you, because the African Mahogany has the most chatoyance of any wood that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. While I had great expectations of some interesting figure and grain while resawing the box sides. as they came from a board with several knot and crotch areas, the results were simply amazing. The box was finshed with tung oil and several coats of shellac. I felt this type finish was in keeping with the period of the piece. I hope that the puzzle recipient will be able to find the award worthy of thier efforts in having won the same!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 02:07 AM

Wow Ken, that is an awful lot of scroll saw work to get all of those puzzle pieces cut out. The box looks great as well, and you are right about that shimmer on the African Mahogany. Fantastic job all around sir!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 02:38 AM

Fantastic job on this, Ken!

This project contains an excellent mixture of curves in the puzzle, and nice square corners on the box. :-)

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 05:56 AM

Great work Ken, a tribute to the true foundation of our nation, though lost now in this government. Keep up the outstanding work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 07:20 AM

Wonderful idea and great work. Wow- 495 pieces—- that is indeed an exercise in patience.

Also thanks for teaching me a new word…. ‘chatoyance.’

-- Rick, south Sweden

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