How to make cuts for a child's jigsaw Answered
Greetings from a new Instructabler:
I'd like to make some wooden blocks as well as some jigsaw puzzles and perhaps a lockbox for my daughter. (She's six months old now so I have some time to figure this out.) I'm thinking something like this for the puzzle (simple shapes and pegs for her to grab onto), and something like this for the lockbox.
I'm trying to figure out what is the fewest number of saws I have to buy to make all these things. Seems like I'm going to need a band saw for the wooden blocks, but I'm wondering if I might be able to get away with it on the scroll saw? This extremely helpful site describes using a band saw with a circle cutting attachment for arches and triangles. Do I need a band saw for cutting 2 3/4" hard maple? I'd likely have to just not make the 5 1/2" triangles if I went this route (which wouldn't be the end of the world).
I'm a bit puzzled (as it were) regarding how to make the puzzle pieces and also the doors for the lockbox. I imagine that if I didn't need the puzzle piece itself and just needed the outline then I could drill a hole in the piece, thread the scroll saw blade through, and cut the shape. How do I make the cut that preserves both the puzzle piece and the surrounding wood? Do companies that make these toys make the puzzle pieces (and doors) separate from the puzzle outlines (and lockboxes), or do they use lasers or something else?
Your guidance would be greatly appreciated!