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How-To: Make A Wood Jigsaw Puzzle

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If you really want to give a group of full-grown adults a hard time, give them a child's toy. Often it's the simple looking puzzles that can be the biggest challenge and this little wooden puzzle is a great deal harder to put reassemble than it looks. However it is simple to make one. We put together a little walkthrough to show you how to get it done.

Note: As this is a Craftsman-sponsored project, you'll notice a number of Craftsman tools in the photos. But here's a secret: we already owned 'em all. You can, of course, attack this project with tools of your choice.

Drill, Multi-Saw, and Worklight Combo (Craftsman)
 
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Step 1: Pick Your Stock

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First begin with whatever sized stock you'd like - in this case a 22"x14" piece of 3/4" ply. It's really not important to pick super nice lumber for this but if you wanted to finish it out with colored oil stains and poly you certainly could. Enamel was in the future for our puzzle so we stuck to ply.

Step 2: Draw A Pretty Picture

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Draw whatever you want your puzzle to be on the wood in pencil. Leave a little room on the sides and top for later. It also doesn't matter if you're a not a Rembrandt just make an interesting shape that's close to what you want and remember that any shape you make is going to have to be cut out with a saw blade so fine detail is not going to get you style points anyway.

Step 3: Mark It Up

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When you're pleased with the shape go over it in marker, pen or heavier pencil. Notice our robot is already very different than how we drew him the first time. That's ok, no one will ever know after we're done.

Step 4: Scribe The Outer Shape

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Our puzzle will be entirely cut out of the wood so we used a simple little compass so scribe an arc on the top and bottom and drew connecting lines between them to outline the outer shape.

Step 5: Cut The Outer Shape

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Next we cut the outer shape from the wood.
caffino545 years ago
i like how professional it looks for such an easy-sounding project
canida5 years ago
Sweet robot. Did you have any particular image in mind when you drew it? The head looks very Transformers.
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