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These are probably my favorite kind of 3-D puzzles and the best part is I can make them myself.  They can be any type or size of wood and have any jig saw puzzle like pattern, there is just no way to go wrong.  Mine is made out of pine so it will be easy to stain and sand.

All you need is a scroll saw (I used my dad's new Craftman Scroll Saw to do this and it was so much faster than my off brand scroll saw) and a block of wood.

If this is your first time using a scroll saw then you might like to read step 2, if not then just skip it unless you might want some helpful tips on cutting.  I like to sand all of my cubes and stain them so if you dont want to do this just disregard
step 5.


Important: I will shortly post a picture of my sanded and stained cube.
 
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Step 1: Selecting your Cube

Picture of Selecting your Cube

The largest size my scroll size will cut is a 2in. cube.  Its best to start with a plank of wood thats the size of your cube.  Make sure you dont get too big for your scroll saw or you could seriously mess it up, the very action that the saw that uses to cut makes it get smaller than you think.

namaracasa2 years ago
great
Nice project, but I have just 2-cents of consructive comments:

In Step 2 you mistakenly called the scroll saw a "band saw" ... the band saw is a different tool whose blade only cuts w/downstrokes (because the blade's teeth are on a spinning circular metal band and you cut wood on the part that is continually moving downward).

And where you said "it makes it so your cut inside the cube is not strait " it is a little more graphic to explain that pushing the wood faster than the blade can cut it will bend or bow the blade inside the block, resulting in curved cuts rather than straight up/down ones. Puzzle projects require straight up/down cutting.

Lastly, the scroll saw is one of the safest electric wood cutting tools, but anyone afraid for their fingers can wear gloves.

Spence
zootsuitman (author)  sawtooth19534 years ago
Thanks, my typing skills aren't that great and usually by the time I'm done typing I lose my train of thought. I meant scroll saw it just didn't come out. Your second thought was also great thats exactly what I meant I just couldn't put it in type.
zootsuitman (author)  zootsuitman4 years ago
I just fixed these errors thanks again.
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
good job!