I was finally able to find a little time this weekend to make another puzzle! I really do enjoy this and I think I’ve found a hobby that may hold my interests for awhile.
Anyway, here is the new puzzle, a simple nativity scene:
If I were to do it over there are a few things I would do differently, though overall I like it very much. I used pine this time as a step up in quality from the plywood of my last puzzle, yet still not risking anything too pricey with my beginning saw skills.
In case anyone is interested, here is the step-by-step process, so you can see how easy it really is.
First, I sketch out (and re-sketch, and sketch some more…) a design on paper, making sure that there are no pieces that might be too small and complicated to cut. Here is my original design, which ended up changed a bit in the final piece:
Then I trace it onto a piece of wood.
Then I cut it out using a scroll saw. Please ignore all the boo-boos I am still learning how to drive that thing! At this point it isn’t looking too pretty.
Then comes the most labor-intensive part, sanding.
I think it makes a huge difference!
Then comes the staining.
I use only water-based stains and finishes. Easy clean-up and less toxic. Then I put a light clear top-coat on to seal it.
The final product, again. I also designed it so that the main pieces can be set up as a simple nativity scene.
So, you see! It is really simple to do and very rewarding. If you think you can’t do it, you really should think again!I have much to learn, but I look forward to getting better and better at it with practice. That’s two puzzles down now and a lifetime to go!LOL!
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