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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 04-01-2020 02:57 AM 585 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,
This project was inspired by one of Steve Good’s scroll saw patterns.

Some of the pictures contain small nude silhouettes so if you are easily offended… toughen up Nancy!

For once SketchUp was given the cold shoulder and I went straight into CorelDraw. Imported Steve’s PDF and proceeded to colourise the pattern,

Colourisation in the above diagram controls the cutting order… won’t bore you with why, unless someone asks, and then I can ignore.

For previous puzzles out of MDF, I used to colour the bottom side with a texta pen (Sharpie to all you Philistines) to differentiate between the pieces’ sides,

however, I thought of engraving something on each piece to indicate the downside. Deliberately avoiding the alphabet, as not everyone speaks Australian, or numbers, as not everyone can count, I chose to use silhouettes, as there are a lot of perves. I made use of these silhouettes (that I intend to include in a future post),

Off to the laser and finished up with a 3 layer design,

(for you eagle eyes… the above pictures were taken after the engraving on the middle piece was filled
).
The bottom layer was the pattern, middle the base and the top layer the puzzle.

For design #1, alignment dowels were glued into place,

… as the outer pieces were not to be glued to the dowel, this permitted the dowels to be buffed permitting smoother fit.

The bottom layer was flocked,

There was a change of pace and the silhouettes were engraved and filled prior to cutting to facilitate sanding,

For the prudish, the pieces were then buffed and test assembled,


and as an afterthought for the more adventurous, assemble with the bottom side indicators facing up (which became the standard design),

For design #2, the bottom pattern layer was replaced by a laminated paper design of the pattern that can be used as a guide and then stowed under the puzzle for storage,

Design #1, uses flock on the bottom layer to prevent slippage,

however, when the pattern layer is removed it props on the 4 dowels,

Wasn’t happy with that and that’s the reason for design #2 which had rubber pads on the base,

These are the available options.
  1. Prudent operator.
  2. 3 layered option.
  3. The not so sensitive user.

I was asked for a conservative pussy (not my word) theme. This is how the lamination is fed into the laser,

And this is how it comes out of production. Can be used in either mode (pattern up or down),

The two #2 designs in the revealing configuration,

One of the benefits of the laser, when you make a mistake and detect it too late, you can redo single pieces and be assured it will fit in place. This piece had one of the silhouettes too close to the edge,

For all you musing about the perforated base, you need muse no more. When using without the pattern (up or down side), if the piece is in the wrong place (usually discovered near completion), because of the small kerf of the cut, it would be difficult to pry out a piece so it can be poked out from under the base through an appropriate hole,

I didn’t consider laying the puzzle flat was a great show piece, so SketchUp came to the rescue to design a stand,

and off to CorelDraw for laser layout,

Stained, buffed and glued up (CA) ready for use,

Two sizes of stands were produces as the design #1 was 3mm thicker than #2 and I didn’t want slop,


Furthermore the stand provides a rest for the pattern while cheating assembly,

Had a friend recovering from a hernia operation so I gave him a girlie version while recovering. His 5 yo daughter commandeered it. She was going to take it for show and tell, which we both thought might be inappropriate, so I designed an animal based version,

It was a hit… begrudgingly I grinched on about 20 orders.

My copies now assist in filling my puzzle display cabinet,

Phew, that was longer than my anticipated few word post, but with home confinement, I had time to type.

I prefer to shy from construction/build videos as I only have two hands and none spare to hold the camera, however, for anyone wanting to see it in operation, I made a video of its use... so maybe you should watch that before you waste time reading this post.

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





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Pjonesy

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#1 posted 04-01-2020 03:31 AM

Well done Alex. Marjanna couldn’t look at those nudes (only joking) she thinks it’s great what you have done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 04-01-2020 03:47 AM



Well done Alex. Marjanna couldn t look at those nudes (only joking) she thinks it s great what you have done.

- Pjonesy


Thanks PJ... Tell her to keep her eye on the time for the clock’s release.

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

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#3 posted 04-01-2020 04:48 AM

Hello timber Mate

Flocking good job there, glad to see you managed to skin that one, and go animal in the process.
I am surprised you knew hex I always though of you as a binary man. Bit of a cat a strophic problem along the way but that’s another tail for next time. I don’t know how you can stand it all!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 04-01-2020 05:22 AM

Hmm….very interesting project!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-01-2020 08:45 AM



Hello timber Mate

Flocking good job there, glad to see you managed to skin that one, and go animal in the process.
I am surprised you knew hex I always though of you as a binary man. Bit of a cat a strophic problem along the way but that s another tail for next time. I don t know how you can stand it all!

- robscastle


Very clever retort there rc. During your absence, you been brushing up on The Wit of Malcolm Fraser?

I’m sure you remember him!

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

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Al Breit

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#6 posted 04-01-2020 12:47 PM

Just started following you Alex didn’t know there were pornographic comedians in the LJ shop. This could be carried to the next level very easily. Great job bud.

-- Al Breit "A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine"

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#7 posted 04-01-2020 02:32 PM

You may have to give this one a adult rating in some places but interesting enough to sell. That’s thinking out of the box.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 04-01-2020 02:40 PM

interesting puzzles

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 04-01-2020 08:53 PM

Well it wasn’t outside the box that I was thinking !

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 04-02-2020 01:21 AM


... there were pornographic comedians in the LJ shop. This could be carried to the next level very easily…

- Al Breit

AB, when I was young, my English teacher told me I had a choice between good and evil... Unfortunately I never learnt to spell good!


interesting puzzles

- bushmaster


Wish I could take credit. The greater availability of lasers and CNC machines are my excuse for posting these type of projects. If you have a scrollsaw, the pattern can be downloaded using this link from Steve Good’s site. I could make the pattern available, however, I provide the link as he deserves the credit.
You may not be able to laser girlie it, however, you can use a sharpie to draw your own stick figures,

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

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robscastle

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#11 posted 04-03-2020 09:18 AM

Doesn’t even look anything like Pammy A
Scaling is way out.

BTW I forgot to ask:-
So, are the holes in the back strategically placed so when you poke your finger in the parts pop out by surprise !!

Welcome Al (Al Breit) you are in for a funny time with the Duck tails and all the Goofy comments other LJ seem to make off the top of their head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEeSTqgAP7M

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 04-03-2020 10:39 AM


... So, are the holes in the back strategically placed…

- robscastle


Actually it’ my version of Whac a Mole... I call it Bite a Finger! Ya gotta be quick or you wont have any fingers left to hold the puzzle in your hand.

So whats with the Jeff Williams video… you trying to pull a duck version of the Pied Piper?

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

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