Step 4: Cutting the Puzzle

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There are a few things to pay attention to when cutting the puzzle. Pick the side with the most detail and start working there working slowly across the puzzle making cuts that try to remove single pieces or don't remove any at all. I try to make sure that I don't remove two connected pieces from the blank because things get rather hairy when you try and cut an interlock between just two pieces on the jigsaw.

Remember what you learned from practicing earlier and go ahead and cut the puzzle out.

It's best if you dont mark them and just cut freehand.

Functional considerations:
Make sure none of the pieces are supported by impossibly slender pieces of wood.
Make sure that the puzzle has at least a few functional interlocks so that it won't fall apart if pushed around

Aesthetic considerations:
Try to keep the grain (the size of pieces and frequency of interlocks) even throughout the puzzle. Although there are a few exceptions to this rule, try to make sure it isn't clear which side you started cutting on, just by looking at how the piece size and the number of interlocks begins to dwindle as you get tired. This should be fun, if you are getting tired go take a break and come back when you want to.
Unlike most of the cardboard puzzles, methodically stamped by an unseeing machine, your puzzle will be cut while you can see the patterns and the edges in the picture you are making into a puzzle. Go wild, cut along the edges of interesting features, while doing this you could but dont have to add an occasional interlock. If your puzzle will have some relatively large solid color areas, dont cut normal boring pieces in there, make shapes like circles, squares, stars or hearts.

Once you are done cutting you are done, sit back and enjoy putting it together, or letting someone else put it together.
Stanislaw8 years ago
Awesome project, I remember making these with my father when I was just a little kid, my mother would paint or draw a picture, and my dad would cut out the puzzle shapes. Wow, very nostalgic idea, thanks for the memories!