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    Puzzle Stocking Stuffers

    Back in the '70's I was looking thru a wooden puzzle book, they had a picture, (drawing actually) of a puzzle piece. They said if you make 12 identical pieces, you could put them together into a cube. Took me about 2 hours to figure out how to put it together the first time, been making them ever since. they make nice stocking stuffers. This one the pieces are ¾" square and 4½" long, but you could use any size square stock, I still have to put a finish on these.


    Make 12 of these...



    To make one of these.
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    Last edited by Dan Mooney; 12-15-2010 at 03:52 AM.
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    That is very cool, can you give us some more details?

    Sizes would be nice, looks like a job for the Dado set
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    Dan, thanks for the edit on the sizes, it looks like the dados would also be 3/4" if the stock is 3/4" too, right?

    You realize that if I make some of these I'll most likely spend a LOT more than two hours trying to figure out how it all goes together

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    That is very cool, can you give us some more details?

    Sizes would be nice, looks like a job for the Dado set
    I hope this will make sense, I'm better at doing than explaining

    This gives the basic dimensions, but any size can be used as long as the stock is square.


    I made a sled and set the width of the dado blade the same width as the stock.


    I use a centerline on the sled and the stock.


    Cut the center dado





    Rotate the stock 90 degrees toward you cut right dado





    Then trim the ends to the length that suites your eye.


    I made a tray to hold all the pieces together for sanding, that makes it easy to use a random orbit sander
    but be gentle with the sanding, if you go too far the fit will be sloppy when you put the puzzle together.
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    Last edited by Dan Mooney; 12-15-2010 at 07:06 AM.
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    Thank you very much Dan, I think this thread should go into the "Tutorials" forum, this is clear and easy to understand

    I'm going to have to make some of these for sure, maybe a touch smaller than 3/4" (you must have large stockings!)

    Cheers!
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    Very cool, Dan. I remember those from my childhood...never could figure out how to put them together. Looks like a fun project.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Thank you very much Dan, I think this thread should go into the "Tutorials" forum, this is clear and easy to understand ...
    I agree:

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    Way cool Dan I never had the patience to figure it out.
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    Ok Dan now that you have us making them. Do you want to give us the tricks to getting them together as I really don't have 2 hrs to muck about figuring it out as Santas work shop is backed up already before christmas and those look like great gifts for the boys.
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    Nice puzzle, and very clear tutorial. Thanks.

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    Another thing to add to my to-do list...nice work on the tutorial!
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