scrollsawn Dinosaur Puzzle

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Project by moonls posted 03-30-2011 11:39 PM 2508 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using the patterns printed in the March 2011 issue of Wood Magazine, I brushed up my scroll sawing skills and created this puzzle from hardwood scraps. The species of wood used included walnut, mahogany, poplar, zebra and cherry. The woods selected were used to suggest the colors and textures of the different dinosaur hides. This would be a nice gift for any child over 3 years old because a few of the 36 puzzle pieces are small enough to be a choking hazard. Because the puzzle pieces were 1/2” thick, I found it time consuming to mill the smaller scraps to the proper thickness but I’m happy with the results and hope to make more of these types of puzzles. Stay tuned…!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 11:41 PM

That is fabulous…. I real like how this has turned out… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 11:51 PM

I was thinking of making this a while ago, but I decided I didn’t/don’t have the skill to do so. I wasn’t going to use different woods like the mag says to either. I was just going to use pine and paint it. I REALLY like the look of the different woods though and your puzzle joints… WOW. This is cool. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 12:07 AM

Nice Scrolling Lorna!!
I made a few sets of puzzle pets over the years (mostly farm animals not dinosaurs) and they do make excellent gifts to friends with children…
Trouble is, the parents I know kept them “until the kids get old enough”... In other words, for themselves!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 12:20 AM

This project looks like it was fun to do.
It looks like your scrolling is up to speed : )
What did you use for a finish ?


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 12:31 AM

looking good lorna

and working the craft
the best investment
we get sometimes

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 01:50 AM

Great job Lorna.
This is a toy to keep and pass along to the next generation(s).

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 02:10 AM

Lisa, I used 2 coats of a water-based semi-gloss poly so the wood would be protected by a clear finish. I forgot to mention that so thanks.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 02:24 AM

this came out very nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 03-31-2011 03:44 AM

From one scroller to another very well done. I have the same mag and have thought about doing the same project. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 06:04 AM

wow that is really sharp…get it…teeth …sharp…boy you would not want to be caught with a full moon huh…lol…im just full of funnies…but serious…this is wonderful and i can easily revert back to childhood and play with this for a long time…grreat job lorna….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 02:51 AM

thats a very cool set Lorna and not one you’d find anywhere else!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 09:18 PM

You certainly have skills : )
The variety of wood species looks great together.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 04-06-2011 05:37 PM

Great job Lorna. I love the end results. Your patience and perseverence paid off. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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