Grasshopper and Alligator - The finished project

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Project by Allison posted 08-02-2008 07:00 AM 3070 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Honest to goodness I do not know what was harder, cutting these two puzzles or trying to get a decent picture of them. I do not know why I was having such a hard time getting a decent picture of them but I was. I prefer to use room light when I take pictures of my projects and almost always do, however believe it or not all the fires and all the smoke and all the real crappy air we have here in these parts, (I live in northern Ca) damn near made a decent picture impossible. Well actually it did make it impossible . Sooo this is the best I could do.


So here they are , finished. At this moment I only have a coat of oil on them. It is kinda hard to put a spray or any other kind of clear coat on them , because obviously just the slightest bit of build up inside would keep them from fitting back together again. Also I might add, that I have no plan on actually having these be a toy/puzzle etc, however any children that may be visiting may not see it that way and you sure don’t want to apply anything that would be harmful/poisonous on it just in case that were to happen. Honestly I could tell you a story about a Jeremiah who broke the camel’s back!
“My grandson on my picture here.”

And believe it or not this greener of the two is the true real color, Why I simply could not catch the color on the grasshopper I am not sure. But this piece of green poplar is REALLY green. It’s the prettiest and greenest I have ever worked with thus far!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 08-02-2008 07:45 AM

Those are nice. Are you planning to make any other animals?


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#2 posted 08-02-2008 08:09 AM

Very, Very cool! This looks like a terribly fun project… I bet the kids will love’em…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 08-02-2008 12:29 PM

Those are too cool!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 08-02-2008 12:40 PM

Wow! Cool!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#5 posted 08-02-2008 01:25 PM

Very nice work Allison. I could only hope my scroll saw skills will be anywhere near yours.

-- Jerry

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#6 posted 08-02-2008 02:32 PM

Fun project. Thank you for sharing Allison.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 08-02-2008 03:17 PM

very cool!

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 03:32 PM

Allison, I love these! Did you use a ready-made pattern or design them yourself? Either way, it’s great scrollwork.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-02-2008 04:13 PM

very nice al. puzzles are great for kids, keeps them busy and they have to us there brains.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 08-02-2008 04:47 PM

Excellent work!!! I love the grasshopper one.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 08-02-2008 04:49 PM

Very nice, I just finished reading your tutorial on your blog ,excellent job I been thinking doing something like this on a train for my grandson for Christmas this year He loves trains and he’s just learning to read so I thought combining the two.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#12 posted 08-02-2008 05:32 PM

that is nice. I would be hardly able to give it together.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 08-02-2008 06:37 PM

Those are just tool cool. That’s some remarkable work Allison.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 08-03-2008 03:56 PM

Looking good you puzzler ….......

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#15 posted 08-03-2008 07:52 PM

Pretty cool Allison. I’m going to have to make a few of them for my daughter.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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