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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-20-2011 02:48 AM 3170 views 22 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

20 Days ago I posted a completed Dollar Bill Puzzle. I received what I would call a “Challenge” from a few folks to do a double sided dollar bill puzzle – Challenge Accepted, Accomplished and even Increased! :-)

This puzzle has five more pieces than the last – a whopping 50! (and the crowd goes wild).

Needless to say, I used two different dollar bills to accomplish this task as one can’t simply split a dollar bill down the middle and glue both sides to a piece of wood. ;-)

The only concern I had was how to eliminate any “fuzzies” on the reverse side while I was cutting. I did this by sandwiching the puzzle in between two thin sheets of scrap plywood – they took any damage of the exiting blade and left the puzzle totally pristine!

I used Poplar this time as it sort of matched the color of the bill.

Piece measures …... for those that don’t use these things on a regular basis ….. 6 1/8” x 2 5/8”

No finish could be applied, for obvious reasons.

I still have the offer out that if anyone wants to mail me two 50 Dollar bills – or even 100’s – I will GLADLY cut them a puzzle and ship it back to them. Only charge would be Shipping – No kidding.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 03:52 AM

Nice job. That would be a great conversation piece on your coffee table. Or on mine. :)

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

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 04:23 AM

I think you will having a hard time getting that into a vending machine…

-- Derek

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 05:36 AM

Nice project, I liked the single dollar puzzle, this one’s even better.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 08:10 AM

Thats a great idea. but I thought you would get yourself into all kinds of legal trouble by defacing a US icon!!??

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 08:59 AM

could i send you a five pound note and go halfs on the shipping lol

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 10:54 AM

If someone sends me any bills I’ll be very glad to recieve them too unforunately too far away to return but I will put them to good useLOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 12:27 PM


Please read the comments posted from my first bill for the full explanation about the legalities on defacing money.

In a nutshell, it’s not illegal, nor can I get into any trouble for this. That is the laws for the USA – other countries I can’t say….......


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 01:19 PM

Ok… now that is patience, a steady hand and skill! Talk about cold, hard cash! HA!

You are correct… it is not defacing… Look at the number of coins made into bracelets/rings etc.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 01:35 PM


While it’s OK in the USA, our good Lady Theresa happens to hail from Australia, where it most certainly IS illegal. As a general rule, PLEASE make sure it’s legal in your country before you do this type of thing! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 01:59 PM

Very talented at the scroll saw. Very impressive.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 02:00 PM

Nice job bob.
Such a simple thing, yet so well done.
I really like it for it’s simplicity.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 03:14 PM

This is a really cool idea. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 03:20 PM

Bob, super puzzle. What size blade did you use? Is the pattern freehand? Couldn’t you have sprayed a finish on before cutting?

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 03:54 PM

Well done, Bob. What size is a single piece? Now, the next level for you is to make a 100-piece puzzle by cutting horizontally as well!

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 05:53 PM

Awesome project idea. Turned out really nice.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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