Moose Puzzle

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Project by Blake posted 11-29-2007 02:12 AM 3785 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an older project that I just got around to posting. I made four of these for Mother’s day earlier this year and since I gave them away as gifts I will be taking pictures of them and posting as I visit their homes again. They are all different. The first is a moose (the most elaborate) for my Grandma. I also made a cat, a frog and a Dachshund. The patterns are all out of a book that I bought.

These puzzles represented the second time I have ever used a scroll saw. I bought a Dremel brand saw from the Used Tool Store. I really like that saw but it only took the flat blades with pins. I got the hang of curves fairly well by the time I finished this project. But it is definitely a technique. You have to get used to the way the blade twists when you turn the workpiece and anticipate it so you don’t over-correct. It is like learning how to ride a bike. I also did the Tree on that saw.

A couple of months ago I traded that saw in for a delta which is a much nicer saw. But the biggest difference is that it takes those hair-thin spiral cut blades which cut in any direction. Those blades are amazing. You can turn and cut in any direction on the fly without even spinning your workpiece. I haven’t used it yet for a project. It’s seems like cheating. Almost takes the fun out… but not quite.

The last picture has a stamp in it for scale. It is about 8” tall. Made from a scrap of walnut, finished with boiled linseed oil.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-29-2007 02:16 AM

Those are really cool! I have always wanted to get into scroll sawing. Nice, Blake!


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#2 posted 11-29-2007 02:32 AM

Those are GREAT!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 11-29-2007 03:39 AM

Did you notify Debbie that you didn’t paint the walnut.


-- 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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#4 posted 11-29-2007 05:29 AM

Lookin’ good!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 11-29-2007 05:32 AM

Blake – you’re amazing. Those are really great. You’ll love those sprial blades. May seem like cheating until you find yourself doing a far out there type project. Then you’ll thank the guy that made them. You’ll be hooked.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 11-29-2007 05:50 AM

Thanks for the insider info about the Delta and the spiral blades.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 11-29-2007 06:13 AM

Nice job. It looks like you can remove his stomach and he will still stand up, cool.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 11-29-2007 12:44 PM

Yet another nice project Blake. I like your work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-29-2007 01:16 PM

very cool
I made a whale puzzle – using walnut—and I didn’t paint it—- ...that was difficult, but then it was the only second time I’d used the saw.

My Dremel takes both types of blades. The box I’m making (with only 1 blade yippee) was with the pinless type blade. I think I have some spirals as well but haven’t tried them.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-29-2007 05:29 PM

Nice puzzle!

Now you guys are getting me all heated up about a new tool, dang it!

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

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#12 posted 11-30-2007 05:07 AM

Great project and great craftsmanship as usual Blake.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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