Magnetic Puzzle Sign

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Project by JJones98042 posted 637 days ago 795 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift that I just finished for my 3yr old Grandson. The idea was to have it serve triple duty:
  1. A simple puzzle for him to play with.
  2. The backing can be used for dry-erase drawings when the pieces are removed.
  3. To hang on the wall/door of his room as a sign when not in use.
  4. A learning experience for me to try the scroll saw and get some idea of what intarsia might be like.

It started off as one of those magnetic dry-erase signs, a pattern, and some walnut and curly maple I had on-hand. The pieces have 3/8” rare-earth magnets inset into their backs so that they will stay when the unit is hung on the wall. The finish is a shellac and BLO sealer coat followed by about 4-6 coats of Minwax gloss wipe-on poly.

Overall, the project was a lot of fun to make. It was my first attempt at a scroll saw project and taught me that I have a LOT to learn. I definitely need to figure out how to cut the pieces more accurately for a consistent fit/gap between the species and refine my skills/process for rounding and shaping the pieces after they have been cut. It definitely piqued my interest in doing some more intarsia work in the future! :)

Thanks for looking. :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#1 posted 637 days ago

Hey, you spelled my name wrong! ha ha

Nice work Jay! The puzzle turned out really nice! The finish looks really smooth. I am sure that your grandson will really like it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 637 days ago

I like it, very cool tri purpose project. I know your grandson will love iit.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 637 days ago

Fabulous gift!That kind of work makes me happy.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 637 days ago

You’v done a very fine job on this JJ. I’m sure your Grndson will have a blast with this. I really like the wood combos as well. It makes the letters really pop. I may borrow the idea in a future project or two, if that is ok with you..? It won’t be an exact copy or anything of coarse. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 637 days ago

J, the puzzle looks great. I really like the magnetic idea. Good choice in woods.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 636 days ago

There’s something distinct when it’s a labour of love.
Excellent work!

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#7 posted 614 days ago

That’s really nice!

-- -Melissa Jones

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