Wood Star Puzzle & JIG

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 04-26-2018 06:10 AM 2476 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed A Jig for making wood star puzzles, also known as Escher solid.
It’s a cool small woodworking project, interesting challenge to solve, a beautiful object to have on the counter and a great present for any occasion. it is also a great way to use all your small scraps from previous projects.
It’s not an easy project, though. the accuracy that is needed is very high. it took me 5 prototypes to get to the final jig design. each star is assembled from 6 identical pieces. I made around 50 wood-star puzzles, Using all types of hard wood like Purple heart, Wenge, Zebrano, Maple, Walnut, Cherry, and more. (i succeeded to sell only one on etsy, isn’t it ironic :)
I made a 4 part video series on Youtube, but the final chapter sums most of it.
you are welcome to check my tiny youtube woodworking channel, and your comments are very welcome.
if you think you will have interests for getting the plans for this project – please let me know.
for the meantime, you can show your support by watching the video and commenting about it on youtube.
View on YouTube

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 07:46 AM

I like those hyperproduction jigs. Nice looking star.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 11:32 AM

Wowsa! That is a huge bunch of puzzles.
Good job. I really like it.

I would really like to know how you did it. I am camping right now, but when I get back home I will watch your vids.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 03:23 PM

I like the star puzzle but I REALLY like the dust catching sled/fixture. That is just GREAT !! now I’m going to watch the video

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 03:49 PM

Shalom aleikhem E’S’... Without blowing smoke up your… that is a neat puzzle, and you have done a great job in creating and presenting it. Nevertheless, a puzzle is a puzzle until you solve it and then it just becomes a memory for berating yourself for the tardy solution!.

When I started to watch your videos, like r’c’1943, I was besotted by your machinery, jigs and set-up.

If I may be so bold… while you are waiting to sell the other 49 stars, any chance of a presentation on your tablesaw dusty?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 04-26-2018 10:50 PM

This is awesome, I am definitely gong to be making a few of these.

Nice work on the puzzles and the jig.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 04:43 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting!

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 06:30 PM

Someone has way to much time on their hands

Great jig, puzzles are fantastic and thank you for sharing

Love the dust collection

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 04-29-2018 02:29 AM

Nicely done, am interested in the process, but my accuracy in making things is not that great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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