How to Make a Puzzle

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Project by thiswoodshop posted 03-14-2012 05:49 AM 1859 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Son was asking if a can make him a puzzle. I have never even considered making a puzzle as a project. He gets a Lego magazine every 3 and he really like on of the pages. After giving this some consideration I have started on this little project. My material list was doted down and now i was ready to start.

Material List: I got this from the local Home Depot Material List

1. Spray on glue ( I used Loctite)
2. Shellac spray on finish. ( I used Zinsser)
3. Piece of plywood.(Scrap piece in the shop)
4. a Picture that you want to use.


Step 1.

Spray on the glue on the piece of wood and the back of the page. Wait until it gets tacky and the press the two together. I let it stand for another 5 minute to dry.

Step 2.

After you let it day for 5 min give it a light coat with the shellac. This will protect the paper somewhat from scratches and oily fingerprints.

Step 3.

Trim the wood to be true to the edges of the picture. Then just get creative on you band saw or scroll saw with some random patterns. If you search Google you can find some jigsaw puzzle patterns also.

This is a relatively easy little project and it it one of those can do project even for a novice woodworker like my self. One side note, If you child is small don’t use Loctite, find some non toxic glue to use. Small children has the tendency to put stuff in there mouth. The Shellac that i used is non toxic since i use it for all my wooden toys. Just a Side note on my Band Saw. I have the Laguna 1400 SUV. This band saw is just fantastic. It has a lot of power and it has not disappointed me yet.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 06:27 AM

Nice puzzle. What I do for my Grandkids is to make a tray that the puzzle fits into…that way they can store the puzzle away in it without loosing pieces. For your first puzzle. you did a great job of cutting.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 07:55 AM

very cool!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 01:33 PM

This was my first attempt. I still have a ton to learn and consider my self a novice. Hopefully the walk to becoming a woodworker is a not as challenging as becoming a programmer :)

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 01:43 PM

“Legos Rule”

My kids and my Grandkids had a toy box just for Legos
I now have a GreatGrandson (4yrs.) & a GreatGranddaughter (2yrs.) who play with Legos I bet they would love that Puzzle.

Very well done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 02:30 PM

Thanks for the tips!! I have a couple of grandchildren ready for puzzles!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 01:49 AM

Very Cool, My daughter is really into legos and this would be a great idea. Thanks for the instructions and for posting.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-15-2012 06:34 AM

This looks great. Nice write up. I wonder how it would turn out if you put a different picture on each side?? A little more challenging to put together maybe…...........

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 02:29 PM

I’m very new to woodworking, ill see if I can put a little video together on this. I have to think a little bit about the double sided puzzle..

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 09:50 PM

Great puzzle. That should keep him busy!

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

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