Puzzle and Box Surprise Wedding Gift

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-24-2010 02:03 PM 1870 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker & good friend of mine “tied the knot” earlier this month. Without giving the reason, I convinced him to send me a very hi-res picture of the place they honeymooned at in Tahiti and made a puzzle out of it as a gift.

Also, I just HAD to have a nice container to hold the puzzle in, so I made them a box as well. :-)

The puzzle was cut on a scroll saw using a jeweler’s blade and contains 48 pieces. Cutting tips from Steve Good’s website were greatly appreciated!

The box is primarily walnut and has two “racing stripes” of quarter-sawn maple. I also inlayed the date of their wedding in the lower right cover. Steve’s tips came in handy again – this time on how to fill in an inlay with modeling clay (“Sculpy”) – it worked well and was quite easy!

Puzzle measure’s 4.5” x 6.5”

Finish is spray poly.

The only question is whether to give him the puzzle all together or in pieces and make him assemble his own gift? ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 03:37 PM

Oh, make them assemble it! It will give them something else to do.

Nice work and such a nice gift! Who needs another crockpot?


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 04:40 PM

Has to be in pieces! He needs something to do now that the honeymoon is over.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 05:01 PM

Great idea and beautiful box! I’m sure it will be quite a conversation piece at their house for years to come!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 05:18 PM

They’ll enjoy it more if they have to assemble it. Nice very nice…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 05:40 PM

How cool is that!!

Super neat idea….. now in My Favorite


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#6 posted 07-25-2010 10:49 AM

Thats such a great idea, I hope they enjoy puzzles.

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 04:42 AM

Very nice gift. Beautifully done. Puzzle should be in pieces.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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