Mice & Cheese Puzzle

  • Advertise with us
Project by woodcut posted 04-22-2012 03:15 PM 1988 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a jigsaw puzzle from my ever-growing pile of scraps.

Not knowing what I really wanted to end up with, I thought a geometric pattern would be interesting. So, I took a compass and drew a circle with 6 “petals” (pic 1).

This looked somewhat boring…. How would more petals look ???? (pic 2)

Okay, better…. but there’s nothing to ‘hold’ the pieces together. So I drew small circles on either side of the ‘petals’ to interlock the pieces….. (pic 3)

After redrawing the pattern on a glued-up circle and cutting a few pieces out, I realized the larger ones looked like mice and the smaller ones like cheese! Totally unintentional, but I thought it turned out pretty cool and was a quick, fun project…

BTW, the wood “stripes” are cherry, pine, mahogany, walnut, and aspen…..finished with BLO and shellac…

-- Carl, Iowa

5 comments so far

View Douwe's profile


62 posts in 2463 days

#1 posted 04-22-2012 03:34 PM

This is great! Creative thinking, craftmanship and hours of fun for those who will play with it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Douwe

View SawTooth1953's profile


335 posts in 3483 days

#2 posted 04-22-2012 03:40 PM

Carl, Very creative… and thanks for sharing the progression of thought processes behind it.


-- Spence in Skokie, IL

View doncutlip's profile


2832 posts in 3734 days

#3 posted 04-22-2012 03:42 PM

Very cool

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View KnotCurser's profile


2026 posts in 3246 days

#4 posted 04-22-2012 09:41 PM

I don’t think I have every seen a puzzle quite like this one – very unique!

I have a funny feeling we will be seeing some duplicates of this in the near future, however. ;-)

Great job,


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

View MShort's profile


1797 posts in 3596 days

#5 posted 04-23-2012 01:09 AM

Very neat. I like it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics