making shallow cut outs for puzzle pieces

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Forum topic by JDS81 posted 06-10-2012 12:09 AM 1031 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2012 12:09 AM

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So I have a good thought for a project and am hoping that all you experts can help me make it a reality. I’d like to make a childrens puzzle board with pieces that can be slid into place then picked up and removed. Basically just like the ones you’d normally see- a big flat board (maybe 1 square foot big) with shallow cut outs(indentations) that kids place shaped pieces into and back out of. For example I often see ones that have themes such as numbers, letters, animals etc…

How would one make shallow cut outs/routed out designs on a board? I”m thinking REALLY shallow, like somewhere around 1/16 inch or just enough to catch a 1/4 thick puzzle piece that would then still leave plenty of room for a childs’ fingers to grab to pick up and out.

Could I make a template out of mdf then use a tray/dish carver bit to route out my shallow shapes? All these bits that I’ve seen though have a roundover. Are there any that make a square edge at the bottom? Thanks and happy crafting! Cheers, Justin

-- Justin, Smiling Tree Toys,

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 01:52 AM

Cut them all out on a scroll saw. Then glue a backer board on it. No routing needed.

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 02:08 AM


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