320 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle With Tricked Out Box

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 12-13-2012 02:22 AM 1332 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An heirloom quality monkey puzzle with storage and assembly box for my wonderful daughter, who really likes primates. The monkey is douc langur. The inscription on the back of the puzzle includes the full scientific name for this species.

The assembled puzzle is 8” by 10” and has 320 pieces. The image was attached to 1/4” inch baltic birch plywood using spray adhesive. The pieces were cut using my Excalibur 16” scroll saw and Flying Dutchman Superior Puzzle blades.

The box was made from half inch poplar and eighth inch baltic birch plywood, finished with lacquer and paste wax, and the bottom is covered in heavy felt. The puzzle image is on both the lid and on one of the box’s two interior trays. The trays are sized so the assembled puzzle can fit on them and one tray is lipped so the pieces won’t slide off. The non-lipped tray lays on top of the lipped tray so the puzzle can be kept in the box in whatever the current state of assembly is. To facilitate working on the puzzle while reclining, I devised some supports that will hold the non-lipped inner tray to exhibit the puzzle image. Ribbons were attached to the inner trays so they can be easily lifted out to access the loose pieces.

The lid attaches to the body of the box with six pairs of magnets which were secured using CA glue. The magnets on the lid are recessed only about 1/4 of their thickness so they also serve as alignment pins.

It was fun project to do and I’m looking forward to giving it to that wonderful daughter of mine this week.

Thanks for looking in fellow lumberjocks.


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#1 posted 12-13-2012 02:47 AM

Very cool .great job.

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 03:28 AM

Very clean design. Well done!

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 06:42 AM

Awesome work!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 11:32 AM

This is really cool Russ! It will make a wonderful gift that she’ll treasure! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 01:23 PM

Wow, that is really a neat gift!!

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

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 02:07 PM

This takes some serious time and true talent and it shows. That is definitely something that’ll get passed down through the family, awesome!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 06:12 PM

I love it and it’s heirloom quality! Fantastic.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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