Custom Wood Puzzle

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Introduction: Custom Wood Puzzle

This is a simple project, but it is fun to make and is way good practice for the scroll saw 

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials  
  Picture
  Wood piece the size or bigger than the picture and 1/8 thick
  Wood glue
  Sandpaper
Tools
  Table saw
  Scroll saw

Step 2: Get a Pic

For a picture I usually go to Walmart and buy some calender I like and cut out one of the pictures, but you can use pretty much anything that's on paper. 

Step 3: Glue on the Pic

This the the easy yet important step, all you do is glue the picture to your material( I used 1/8 inch bead board ) but you have to get enough glue on the pic, the term overkill does not apply to this step. Make sure you weight the thing down while it dries, again there is no such thing as overkill with this part.

Step 4: Square Board, and Draw Pattern

Another easy step, square up your puzzle on the table saw, I usually go barely over the edge of the actually picture just to make the edges all flush, Then you just flip it over and draw some guidelines to cut on the back.

Step 5: Cut It Out

Use the scroll saw cut it out. The scroll saw can make pretty much any turn, and this is a good way to practice with it.

Step 6: Sand

Whats a wood project without a little sanding? But with this one its easy just sand down all the edges real fast (use around 220 grid)

Step 7: Done

Now just put it together

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    4 Discussions

    Thiscomment might not be helpful for everyone, but this also works fine with a laser cutter instead of a jigsaw.

    Depending on the cutting parameters there may be a little brown discolouring at the edges. I think this looks really nice on black&white-photos or monochrome ones. On some photo codings this brown dust can be wiped off.

    I'm working on a wooden jigsaw puzzle, but I'm drawing a picture on the plywood with colored pencil. What size scroll saw would you recommend? I'm looking to purchase one of the smaller ones out there (affordable). Also, I'm a beginner. I'm so glad I was able to see the steps done. Thank you!

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    honestly the important part would be the width of the blade, it has to be able to make the curves you want without breaking. So as long as the saw fits a blade that is small/big enough I would just buy whatever saw you want. Sorry it took me so long to answer my life has been rough these last 2 weeks

    Someone smarter than me told that it would probably work better with spray adhesive, and I think they're right so you might want to try that instead