|Project by USCJeff||posted 10-26-2011 01:41 AM||3512 views||9 times favorited||13 comments|
First things first. . . This isn’t an original creation of my own (in fact, it’s not the first one of the design posted to Lumberjocks either). The source for the free plan is found here:
I’ll add that there is a LOT of good stuff found at the same place. Great CAD drawings and PDF files make it one of my favorites (free is good too).
On to the project. This was attempt #2 and I am overall satisfied with it, but at the same time there are a couple details more I’d be able to solve with another attempt. It seems easier than it is. It isn’t too difficult though. The key here is exact measurements when setting up cuts. It’s a puzzle and is supposed to assemble tightly, but without forcing.
My main tip would be to gang cut multiple parts. If all the 50mm cuts, for example are off a tiny bit, they still match or at least can be tweaked without wasting them. There are really only a handful of measurements involved and they are duplicated on other pieces. Multiples of 10mm up to 50mm are the main ones. Using cutoffs to assist measuring these distances help in checking accuracy of the fit.
As for the puzzles difficulty (solving that is), it’s definitely closer to the hard side than easy. I penciled numbers on the pieces while learning the assembly. After a couple times doing you should be able to sand off the numbers and do it by memory of the shapes. Order is everything on the assembly for this one.
This one is Oak. I butchered a mahogany one and decided to go with cheaper boards to practice. Using multiple exotics looks cool as well. Expect about and hour or two to make the cuts as well as finish. I rubbed Watco on it, so it wasn’t too involved.
-- Jeff, South Carolina