|Project by ScrollSawVideo||posted 02-17-2011 11:42 PM||1246 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
As you can see, there is no scrap burls in my shop. Every burl will have a project coming out of it. Pictured are three of my latest puzzles.
The first one is 4 3/4×3 1/2 inches with 46 pieces. I used an imperfection in the wood as a focal point.
The second one is 4 1/4×2 7/8 inches with 34 pieces. This one I used a freehand style cutting.
The third one is 5 1/4×2 1/2 inches. This one has a natural Maple bark edge.
Cutting this kind of jigsaw puzzle has become a passion for me. In the past I have been mainly a fret cutter but needed a new avenue.
I start with lumberyard lumber. After looking at the pieces gather dust for a few months, I resaw the lumber into strips about 3/8 inch wide. After this I use the Performax to do a majority of the sanding. Even after a high number sandpaper is used I can still see sanding marks so out comes the hand scraper to give the final smoothness. LOL….sanding each piece of wood to my standard usually takes about 1-3 hours each. I map out the puzzle pattern on the wood and cut out using a Flying Dutchman puzzle blade. After cutting I use the Mirka 320 sanding sponge to remove any left over pencil lines. Last, I dip each piece in Danish oil and let dry for 8-10 days. Approximate time on each puzzle, depending on size, is around 4-6 hours each. Look at www.puzzlesofwood.com for more examples of my puzzles.
Thanks for looking. I hope you enjoy these.
-- Karl. N. Atlanta