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Old 02-21-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Thank you for the pattern Hammer. I don't do intarsia...yet...but I took a copy of your intarsia tulip posted on 1/29. Photoshop let me reduce the height by about 20% while leaving the width the same. I redrew it as an outline, printed it out and turned it into a standup puzzle, after three preliminary cuts did not work as I planned. I now have to cut 16 more of them for my granddaughter's 1st grade class for spring.
I used 3/4" poplar and a #5 skip tooth or reverse tooth, depended on which one I grabbed, blade to cut the first one. It is not yet sanded and the pattern is still on the front side. They are to be painted by the kids as an art project during recess or free time. I think I may give them a quick dip in Watco natural to seal the wood but I will try painting some scrap pieces first to see if that works. If not, maybe a spray of dewaxed shellac will do.

I will post some more pictures in the puzzle section when I am finished sanding them and I will also paint one as an example for the class.

As usual all criticisms and comments are greatly appreciated.

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Can I join your class Mr. Sawdustus? Please, Please, Please!? I promise I`ll sit real quite here in the corner and not make any noise or aggravate the other kids (except that Australian with the funny hat or maybe that jim-mex kid). Honest, I`ll be super-duper good and this time, I won`t unscrew that big plug on the bottom of the air compressor.
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Hi George - If Jim wants tulip's I'll go halves to stick him on a plane to Holland - and if you send himoff quick before Lufthansa strikes then there's a slight chance he might not get a flight back - LOL!

Nice project.
A couple of thoughts. First, don't seal them. Usually the teachers prefer the paints to dry pretty quick before the kids make a mess and it also tends to avoid a boredom issue - visions of kids 'playfully' attacking each other with wet tulips. Secondly, if you have access to a small router with something like an 1/8 or 3/16th round over bit with guide I'd be tempted to whizz them around it just to get rid of those sharp edges on the main tulip shape before cutting the puzzle parts

Good luck! ...... and just ignor Jim, something about that Christian name that brings out the evil in folks!
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Yes you can Jim, and if you have any questions just ask them. Thanks for the suggestions Jim_Mex. I do have a trim router and small guide bit but I find it faster and safer to use a 120 or 180 grit sanding mop on all the pieces after I have cut them (depends on the wood used and size of the pieces). When set at a low speed on the drill press, it makes quick work of all the edges of all the pieces without sacrificing the integrity of the puzzle. As for the finish...you just saved me hours of work...I had forgotten about the dry time.

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I am proud to have contributed to this project. Although it is you that came up with the different concept of making a puzzle out of it....the cutting is great the idea is original and I can't wait to see the painted ones.


Thanks for using my pattern and posting the results....

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You're welcome Jay. I have cut 10 of them so far and have 8 more to go. Then comes the sanding. I will paint one of them as an example for the class since they are for my granddaughters 1st grade class. I hope to do that tomorrow between shoveling duties and will post the results in the puzzle section as soon as I am done. I did shrink the height of the puzzle by 2 inches or so to make it more stable so it is actually a little stubbier than the pictures in my original post.

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