Scrollcut Playing Card Puzzle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-01-2011 01:16 AM 1710 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was away with her friends this past Saturday evening and I felt like doing something on the scroll saw, but not a huge project.

I found my deck of “Casino Reject” playing cards and pulled out the King of Hearts – little did he know what was in store for him! Bwaaa Haa Haa!

After gluing him to a solid piece of 1/8” walnut, I followed Steve Good’s advice and “sacrificed” a piece of scrap luan plywood to glue a puzzle template to. When both were sized the same, I taped them together and started cutting.

35 pieces later and I now have yet another really cool gift I can give to someone in the future. :-)

This is my third card puzzle cut out of the same deck – that leaves 51 left, including the two very cool jokers! ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 02:00 AM

I think you are having too much fun.
Nothing but a bunch of tomfoolery this is.

Seriously, that is cool.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 02:05 AM

That’s King-foolery, not Tom foolery. Nice job Bob. So what’s with the clipped corners? Do casinos give away reject decks?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 02:56 AM


Casino’s don’t GIVE away anything. ;-)

The last time we were in Atlantic City at the Sands they had “used” packs for sale for a dollar a piece. They were played with on a table for less than a half hour – as soon as the dealer feels they are even beginning to “age”, he/she cracks open a new deck and they sell the old ones.

These cards are much better quality than ones you can buy at your local Mega-Mart. Really thick and coated with some kind of plastic coating that makes them really slick and stiff. Great for playing poker at the house as well. ;-)

They order the cards with the corners clipped – it is WAY easy to see if a card is flipped around in the deck that way.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 04:41 AM

Very fine job.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 05:37 AM

cool stuff…

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 06:18 AM

Very puzzling

But so cool

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 12:05 PM

I like this one too! You do a great job on the puzzles! Such fine cutting! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 08:13 AM

That will be one big deck of cards when you’re done. Cool idea. Know what would be a cool poker game? Dump out all the pieces and everyone gets an equal pile to assemble. Whoever gets the best hand wins.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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