Photo Puzzles



   I have made several puzzles like this for people close to me.  They provide me with a photo of their kid(s) that they really like, and I make it into a puzzle/conversation piece.

  

  


   This small puzzle was the first one I ever made.  This was made using " cedar.  The photo measures 3.5" x 3.5".  The base is " thick in the center (made from two layers of " glued together with the grains in perpendicular directions) with another " thickness forming the border to hold the pieces in place.

   I left this puzzle bare, with no stain or varnish.  Once sanded, the cedar was extremely smooth and it smelled great.  It's hard to improve on that, so I didn't try.




  


   This larger puzzle was made out of poplar.  The photo measures 7" x 9".  The base is made from a " thick piece of poplar with another " thickness forming the border to hold the pieces in place.  The puzzle is finished with two coats of stain (golden oak) and one coat of varnish.


   I used contact cement to adhere the photos to the wood.  Then I used a scroll saw to cut the photos into the puzzle pieces.  I used a bandsaw and a belt sander to get the outside edge in the shape that I want.

   Most of the recipients of these puzzles, I think, have them displayed more as conversation pieces rather than as toys for the kids to play with regularly.


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