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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565234294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565234291
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the scroll sawyer these puzzles are fun to make and even more fun to solve. There are 31 puzzles from the pages of ScrollSaw & Crafts Magazine and they are great. I liked the challenging (to solve) four-piece puzzle, the Apple Alphabet puzzle for kids and 29 more. The authors do a great job of showing you how to make the various cuts and the materials that they used. A fun book for all.

A collection of articles from the Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, Wooden Puzzles deals primarily with projects that have a jigsaw puzzle element and hence are suited to being made on the scrollsaw. There are 31 puzzles in all. Many, such as the Woodimal Moose and Lion, Kangaroo, Wizard, Star and Motorcycle are identifiable 20 shapes which can be pulled apart like a jigsaw puzzle. Others such as the Dairy Delight, Apple Alphabet and Paul Bunyan consist of a backing tray and pull-out pieces. There are a few 3D puzzles. These include the Whale which has a small Jonah figure inside, the Interlocking Lizard and an introduction to layered marquetry puzzles. The Wooden Puzzle Vault is an interesting and complex project for the router table and drill press, rather than the scrollsaw. One project that stands out is the World's Most Difficult Four-Piece Puzzle. It might not be the most difficult but it will certainly amuse your friends. It consists of four seemingly identical jigsaw pieces that make up a square. However there is a trick to getting it apart and putting it back together. To successfully produce the puzzle a little trial and error with the cutting on the scrollsaw is required. All projects are detailed with plans, colour photographs and step-by-step instructions. Wooden Puzzles will provide hours of fun for anyone with a scrollsaw and represents good value for those interested in wooden puzzles generally.

Do our LumberJocks' scrollwork projects inspire and intimidate you? Are you puzzled by scroll saw work? The book "Wooden Puzzles" takes "puzzled" to a whole new level! In "Wooden Puzzles" there are thirty-one projects that are divided into beginner, intermediate and master categories. There are puzzles for children, for educational purposes, for teenagers and for adults. Although my scroll saw skills are limited and my confidence level on the machine is low I am inspired to try my hand at making one - the projects are just too cute to resist and the beginner ones don't look too difficult. Each scroll saw project comes with a pattern for the puzzle and a picture of the finished product (sometimes with different variations which is helpful). Many of the projects come with a series of photos accompanying the step-by-step instructions. Throughout the pages of the book are dozens of tips regarding wood selection and combinations, pattern reproductions, and scrolling tips. I have looked through the book several times now, gaining the courage to try my hand at making a puzzle. Although I love the simple but beautiful puzzles I am intrigued by the variations presented. Maybe, just maybe, I'll jump right into mixing it up a bit! My Ratings of The Book Layout and Appearance: Good balance of photos, plans and instructions. Thumbs Up! Instructions: Clear step-by-step instructions and patterns. Thumbs Up! Projects Selection: Great variety (in subject matter and skill level) Inspiration: There are so many of the projects that I want to make! Inspired, indeed. Thumbs Up! Overall: Thumbs Up!

Pros: a nice book with wood project accessible for all levels. Great presentation with step by step instructions. Cons: All three projects I made so far have errors (or missing steps) in the instructions. Beware, It's very frustrating to have to redo your projects from start...

From the Back Cover

Don't Puzzle Over Your Next Project- Make One! Puzzles are the perfect project: they are fun to build, they do not require a lot of material, and they make an ideal gift that provides hours of entertainment. That is why we have collected 31 of the most popular puzzles for Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and packed them into this one big volume. Whether you are a beginner or have been scrolling for years, you will be inspired buy the unique designs and inspirational stories from renowned puzzle-makers like Steve Malavolta, Judy and Dave Peterson, Tandy Crossman, and Russell Greenslade. Plus, you will find expert step-by-step instructions along with all of the crisp photos, detailed patterns, tips, and techniques you need to guarantee puzzle-making success. Some of the fun and challenging projects inside Wooden Puzzles include: " Interlocking, freestanding puzzles " Travel-sized puzzles " Ingenious nested animal puzzles " A creative lateral locking lizard puzzle " 3-D puzzles " Layered marquetry puzzles " Tips and advice for making puzzles by freehand " A cryptex puzzle vault just like the one in The Da Vinci Code! Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts is the leading how-to magazine for scroll saw artists and wood crafters, and includes step-by-step projects, tips, techniques, and designs from today's top pattern designers.

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Great photos and instruction!
TheFoods
The entire scope of the book is well thought out and is a welcome addition to any persons art and craft library.
Robert H. Bryngelson
All of these projects would make wonderful and unique gifts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betsy A. Murphy on January 27, 2010
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If you're anything like me, somewhere in your house or apartment there's every copy of ScrollSaw magazine you've purchased. (OK, that only applies to those of you who are into scrollsawing, but you probably wouldn't be reading this review otherwise.) This book puts all the best puzzles from the magazine into one place, which sure beats pawing through that pile of old magazines to find the puzzle pattern you're sure you remembered seeing but don't remember which issue from which year. I had already made several of the puzzles in this book but was glad to have them all in the same place. There's something for everyone in this book, whatever their skill level or complexity of their shop. Many can be made with a cheaper scrollsaw and access to a photocopier.

The only thing I would change in this book would be the binding. A spiral binding would make photocopying much easier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Bryngelson on August 24, 2011
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Very well written with graduated projects to have fun and learn scroll saw techniques for puzzels. Beautiful with simple projects for every level of talent. The entire scope of the book is well thought out and is a welcome addition to any persons art and craft library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HYH on May 14, 2011
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This book has been used so much at our house it is almost falling apart. My son has used the patterns,made the puzzles, and sold them to pay for his scout camp fees for the last few years. It is our most used scroll saw book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tish on July 16, 2013
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This book has many patterns for fun puzzles that are organized by skill level. The beginner patterns include step by step instructions making it a good book for beginners but there is a big enough range of patterns to make this a book someone of any skill level will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheFoods on June 19, 2013
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Very easy to follow - even for a beginner. Gets your mind working on other items to make.

Great photos and instruction! So glad we got it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Renick on April 22, 2013
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Lots of great puzzles, I have made dozens from this book with middle school students. Some puzzles could use a but more description on how, but overall great book with many enticing projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raimo Kantosalmi on February 17, 2013
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Like a models and ideas, good book when you want to make something where create joy long afterwards for children and adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth R. Rinehart on February 11, 2013
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I have looked at and plan on cutting out many of the puzzles but right now I am cutting out chess pieces from another book. Looks like great puzzles and fun.
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