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Snake Puzzle
Boys and Girls,

Another puzzle with the unknown compliments of Steve Good. If you are inspired, do a search on Snake Jigsaw Puzzle in his catalog.

This project was executed (no… no timber was harmed) with the use of my laser, however, it can just as easily be done with a CNC (no programming advice offered due to incompetence)… and after all, was published by Steve for use on a scroll saw. So if you're into jigsaws or know any jigsaw tragics, do yourself a favour and download the puzzle and go for it.

On face value, it looks simple, only a 57 piece puzzle, however, with the shapes and no discerning picture pattern it's bloody hard as hell.

I have "cheated" in my novel way to make it a tad easier to solve… more on that later.

For scrollers… print, paste and scroll with a fine blade. For CNC'ers do your CNC'ing, whatever the hell that is.

To use with my laser, I imported the appropriate PDF page(s) into CorelDraw (woo-woo, bypassed SketchUp). It was colourised to permit orderly laser cutting…


if you've got a laser, you'll know what I mean and if you don't, no need to have sleepless nights as it'd be of no concern to you.

I placed an icon of a skull and cross bones on each jigsaw piece


to differentiate between the top and bottom sides… which is which depends on where one keeps their skull and where their bones. Be content that if you're a betting person, the presence of the skull is an each way indicator.

The first step was to engrave the skulls on a sheet of MDF to a specific layout. This was followed up by wood filling the engravings, sanding and repeating until a level surface resulted.






The sheet of MDF was placed back in the laser, and using the same layout, the outside form and the jigsaw pieces were laser cut.




One fatal mistake I did was tried to laser cut barely crossed over onto some of the wood filler… barely, but it did.

That is an absolute no-no… even at concrete setting, my laser will not penetrate the wood filler so the adjoining parts could not be separated. Consequently the skulls had to be redesigned/repositioned


and the affected pieces recut.

The pieces were assembled into the frame and the burn marks were sanded off both the top and bottom faces of the MDF. The edges were left alone…


A middle layer for the puzzle lamination was cut providing push holes to permit popping of each piece out of the frame if required,


A bottom layer was created as a mirror image of the top layer, with the exception that the jigsaw segments were not cut out but engraved,


The insert was flipped and engraved with a mirror image of the segments only (no cutting performend)


resulting in a one piece snake with the engraved solution pattern on both sides


The 3 layers were laminated with a cutout of the snake used to ensure the "wobbly" bits of the frame stayed in place,




AT this stage everything was tung oiled. The puzzle pieces were left to dry next to a paper laminated solution,


The frame on one of the smaller puzzles was stained black as was the stands made for each of the puzzles.






After the oil dried, all the items were processed on the buffer through the range of tripoli, white diamond and carnauba waxes respectively.

All the black components were processed on a separate set of buffers to keep the original set free of stain contamination.




The stands were assembled,




Paper laminates tested for fit,


During buffing, several of the jigsaw pieces were tossed by the buffer and the wall won. The broken ones were re-cut, oiled


and eventually buffed.

Large puzzle's pieces and solution were buffed


and laid out to test looks,


flip side,


Then for the mandatory trial run, The gallery pictures #4, #5 and #6, plus






When you look closely at the skull and cross bones, it'll become obvious how it helps in solving the puzzle as the lay of the diagram gives away the orientation of the piece,


While without the diagram, the orientation is impossible to determine short of multi piece comparison,


Just so GR8HUNTER can sleep peacefully at night, I have made THIS VIDEO of bits and pieces relating to the puzzle… which if watched, could negate the need to read this post.

The larger puzzle was finally laid to rest in my cabinet, closeup view,


distant view,


Green bum for looking.

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Wow! That is a lot of work for something deceptively simple.
 

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You're right there Mm2... that's why I'd never sell it… no one would (or could) pay what its worth, if I costed my time. Materials would be barely $5 (Aust$.. roughly $3.10 US$) and I'm not costing the laser.
As you said, it is deceptively simple, however, challenging beyond imagination… for 57 pieces, without the skulls (orientation markings), would keep most enthusiast occupied for many hours.

The little ones would probably be destined to some close friends.
 

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cute little puzzle duckie easy to make if you have a nasa funded shop like yours.;-)
 

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cute little puzzle duckie easy to make if you have a nasa funded shop like yours.;-)

- pottz
NASA funded be buggered… I funded NASA till The Donald grounded me for flying in their air space.
 

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Now that is some dedication to the task! I believe you when saying it is not as easy to solve as it may seem.

What's with the skulls? Isn't every snake down under ornery and deadly?
 

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What s with the skulls? Isn t every snake down under ornery and deadly?
- splintergroup
My contribution to society… If I put pansies or a unicorn on it, some kiddie might think that a snake is their friend and try to cuddle it…

For the sake of the puzzle, its better than an X or marker coloured.
 

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thank you for the video i watched it twice GREAT JOB :<))
 

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thank you for the video i watched it twice GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER
Sorry GR8... that's 2×31:41 hours of your life wasted… If not for 19 that'd be a great indent into ones lifeline.

Nevertheless, thanks for the encouragement.
 

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Man…this looks fantastic! God bless laser….
 

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Despite not caring for puzzles or snakes, I love documentaries and tutorials. And it turned out very well. Thanks for the in-depth explanation, better than a lot of the How-To videos you find scattered across the internet.
 

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Nice Alex
- Dutchy
Yes I am…
..., thanks Dutchy

Man…this looks fantastic! God bless laser….
- Ivan
Thanks maj, but god bless my bank manager... the laser was expensive.
Despite not caring for puzzles or snakes, I love documentaries and tutorials. And it turned out very well. Thanks for the in-depth explanation, better than a lot of the How-To videos you find scattered across the internet.
- Krystoph
Thanks for your acnowledgement Krystoph, even if you're not into puzzles and not entthused by cuddling up to a snake, it would make a great gift for that special someone… we all tend to dislike snakes but still retain a morbid fascination. This puzzle lets you rip that myth apart and then make retribution by reconstruction.
With some of the scrolling projects I've seen here at LJ, it's well within the scope of the average scroller.
 

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That quite a project and accomplishment, it boggles my mind, you cutting precision.
 

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That quite a project and accomplishment, it boggles my mind, you cutting precision.

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Thanks bushie, but a minor correction… laser cutting precision... I have trouble seeing my scroll saw let alone cut straight.
 

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Great story and snake. You are doing a great job in keeping us amused during this lock down, (we are more locked down than you).
 

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Great story and snake. You are doing a great job in keeping us amused during this lock down, (we are more locked down than you).

- Pjonesy
Thanks PJ... Not sure what your stance on the restrictions are, however, I for one prefer the 14 tragedies in NZ to our 74.

Shit, I know we can't live forever, but I've got a collection of about 30 plans that I probably won't finish, however, I'd like to put a bloody great dent into them.

You and Marjanna. keep safe.
 

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WOW you are one clever duck with a computer, lazer cutter and timber…
TOP MARKS Alex for a superb puzzle…
 

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WOW you are one clever duck with a computer, lazer cutter and timber…
TOP MARKS Alex for a superb puzzle…

- crowie
Thanks crowie... I'll hoard the accolades with greater fervor than dunny paper. Unfortunately (for me), all the recognitions should be channelled to Steve Good for designing the puzzle, my laser for cutting it out and the ROS to sand away the laser burn marks… although I did manage to fix a number of my stuff ups by myself.

Other than that I probably deserve praise for perseverance on that buffer as after a few oopsies, I had to individually sand and buff 3 sets of 57 pieces over 2 grits of sandpaper and 3 grits of wax… hell, you're right… I'm a hero and deserve a medal!
 

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I will have to look into polishing MDF, as I liken it to the experssion Polishing a [email protected]#$.

Is it MDF or really HDF?

Where did you get your block of Tripoli from?

What sort of black stain did you use?... Indian Ink?

What is the blue rubber mat? it looks something like like wet suit material

An excellent presentation with bite!
 

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see rc the reason you dont know about the blue mat is because it's used by guys that use abranet sanding screens ;-)
 
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