The Toy Puzzles
Through the generations, puzzles have always been popular with children, being one of the few toys the kids can take apart without fear of breaking them (not that most kids are concerned about breakage, even though us parents certainly are). The three puzzles presented here, have two added attractions: First, they're easy to build and second, they're thick enough to stand up on their own once your child has pieced them together.
1. Glue up the pieces of stock you'll need from 1-1/2" or thicker lumber:
NOTE: When making the partridge, consider using wood of a color that contrasts with the remainder of the tree. For example, a walnut partridge in a poplar tree - A poplar partridge in a cherry tree, etc.
2. Duplicate the patterns shown here by enlarging them on a photocopy machine or by using the gridded paper method. Each square in the drawings shown here are 1".
3. Affix the drawings to your workpieces. Artist's rubber cement works best for this. Butter the back side of your drawing and the top side of your wood with rubber cement and allow it to dry for about 5 minutes before attaching the drawing to the stock.
4. Using your Bandsaw or Scroll Saw, cut the outer profiles of the puzzles first.
5. Next, use a thin Bandsaw or Scroll Saw Blade to cut out the separate puzzle pieces.
6. Peel off the paper patterns and use your Abrasive Cleaning Stick to remove any rubber cement residue from your wooden pieces.
Some puzzle-making tips: