The Puzzle

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 03-14-2007 04:55 PM 2571 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“There she blows, maties”.

Yes, the puzzle is finished and getting ready to head across the country to my Grand-daughter.

I glued a piece of pine on the bottom. The pine is a smaller width than the walnut that I used so it creates a perfect little lip for fingers to grab hold of for moving the puzzle.

You can see where I glued the edge together. I thought I had the clamps placed really well but obviously I didn’t.. close… but not quite. Hopefully “the next one” (argh) will be better.

All in all, I’m very pleased with the finished product… just not the learnng curve!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 03-14-2007 05:25 PM

That’s very nice. Thank you for submitting this because it gave me the idea that I could do something like this for my kids.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#2 posted 03-14-2007 05:38 PM


I’ll be looking for your puzzles !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 03-14-2007 06:10 PM


That is a pretty cool puzzle. I am sure that your grand daughter will love it. A thought to ponder for your next puzzle. In some cases you can drill a small hole where you are going to be cutting to thread your blade through and avoid the inlet cut..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-14-2007 06:15 PM

I have been doing that with other work but thought it would look “like a hole”. I have only, so far, been successful with the pin blades and so the required hole is quite large (unless I’m missing something).
Half-way through this, now that you have reminded me, I thought that I could have made the hole into an eye and started from there. I’ll try and work that into my “next” puzzle .. haaa… that won’t be for a while, I don’t think!! That was toooo frustrating.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 03-14-2007 07:21 PM

Deb, you are amazing… you just jump right in there and DO IT… I love it. Piece is great. Keep up the good work!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 03-14-2007 08:07 PM

oh yah.. I “just jump right in there” (hmmm thinking back at the “first tries” that others have posted in the past few weeks.. yah.. this one is a really hard “first” )

Thanks for the compliment. It makes me want to go try something else!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 03-15-2007 02:17 AM

Debbie, Very good. You are starting to build up your skill database. What can I do, How can i do it more effectivly, How can I do it so I don’t go “Arrgh”.

Puzzle no problem, “Whada you wanta!”

Debbie this was made for me by my daughter. She had never tried a Jig Saw before. But, she had fun making it. It is not a puzzle but all pieces were cut out and then painted and then reassembled and all glued to a backing sheet. All of stars are just holes with white paint on the backing board. There is nothing filling in the star holes. And yes they were all drilled and then cut out with a jig-saw.

If you were to make one you’d probably want a Canadian flag.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 03-15-2007 03:02 AM

Getting a bit more skillful I see.

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#9 posted 03-15-2007 03:28 AM

Ms Debbie -

You have truly inspired me. My grandaughter will be one year old this May. Something like this would be wonderful for her. Well, maybe in a little while and bigger pieces since everything goes into her mouth right now.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 03-15-2007 11:19 AM

Fred, I wish my grand-daughter was only 1 … big pieces would have been MUCH easier!!

Dennis: thanks for the support (as always).

Karson: each little star??? wooooow. And yes, I’d do the Canadian flag. It would be pretty easy until it came to that maple leaf in the middle.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 03-15-2007 11:21 AM

Oh, and last night Rick and I made a stand for the puzzle to sit in. It now sits up at a 40 degree angle so that it is a picture for her shelf. Then when she wants to do the puzzle, she just takes it off the stand.
The 40 degrees (or whatever the exact angle is) allows it to be shown off but at the same time keeps all the little pieces in place).

I made the base and back support out of pine and put a piece of matching walnut on the front of it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 03-15-2007 04:11 PM

My grandfather mad a puzzle for me, when I was too little to remember getting it. It’s of a Manger scene, with abstract shapes for the figures and animals. You can see where he drilled a hole to start, even though over the decades, the pieces have shrunk more (or were sanded well) than the frame (which was glued to a backer) so that the fit is pretty loose. Anyhow, I think you’re right to try getting the hole as part of the design, or you should try cutting in with the grain, to help camoflauge it a bit.

your flag shoudn’t be that hard, isn’t the maple leaf a pretty angular design? take a look around the world, countries, states, and provinces… there are a lot of designs that would be a lot harder. Saudi Arabia, Brasil, New Hampshire.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 03-15-2007 04:33 PM

I never thought about cutting with the grain – I focused on “shortest cut” and which one would flow into the design.
Next time, next time. Great tip, Scott. Thanks.

Yes, our flag is pretty darned easy, although those angle turns are pretty tricky unless of course you use that spiral blade (you know, the kind that I broke – 3 times).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 03-15-2007 05:22 PM

Very nice Debbie, I see you’re going to a higher class of wood, that makes it nicer yet.
If you want to make it easier for her to remove the pieces, drill some holes in the backing.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 03-15-2007 05:24 PM

that’s another good tip.
“when” I make my next puzzle, I’m going to encorporate the stand into the backing as well.

I had thought about woodburning words in the backing, behind each puzzle piece as well, but decided not to do it on this one. Too much work so far and it’s looking OK so I don’t want to go and mess it up.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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