Bandsaw Block Puzzles

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Project by jeb1974 posted 12-24-2011 05:13 AM 2105 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandfather said “help me make some block puzzles”, which turned into me making some block puzzles. At least I learned some things and get to add it to my list of completed projects. I also learned that my Great Grandfather was especially good at making tricky block puzzles, and my Great Great Grandfather made them and taught my Grandfather, who taught me. Pretty cool.

I used some scrap Popular wood that I had bought real cheap (probably a nickle for each block). Grandpa helped plane, cut, and glue the blocks. He cut the first one, and then said I could do the other 7. I don’t blame him. There are a lot of edges to hand sand. It took about 90 minutes to sand each one, depending on the number of pieces.

They will make nice Christmas presents on Sunday, though not sure who get’s which one. Not planning to finish them other than the sanding. Sometimes unfinished wood is nice too, and Santa’s Workshop just does not have enough time before Christmas to put a few coats of polyurethane on them.

This is an easy project, so I am glad I have now done it. Probably won’t be the last time. Of course, I am keeping one for myself. :)

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 05:21 AM

A family tradition in the making of block puzzles ,well done.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 05:31 AM

Hey those are really neat-3 dimensional!!...Very cool!................Ji

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 05:40 PM

Unique project and I love the background story. I’ve heard my daughters say “my Grandpa (fill in the blank)” hundreds of times. Makes me wonder what my grand-kids (when we have them) will pick up from me…

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 06:36 PM

I was able to get some 3”x3” boxes from Dollar Tree, so the puzzle fits nicely in the box. Of course, that meant I had to put the puzzles together. Wasn’t too hard. Thanks for the comments. Thinking of ways to make the puzzle pieces more unique and odd shaped.

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