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    Hi all,
    I am going to try my hand at cutting some puzzles.

    First question, when you mount the picture, do you use a larger piece of wood then trim it to size?

    Second question, if you do trim it what do you use? Scrollsaw , or other type saw, does it matter?

    Lastly, do you use the actual calendar page or a copy of it?

    Thanks in advance.
    loving my DW788

  • #2
    I mount to a larger piece of wood and then trim it on the scrollsaw. I rarely use straight lines around the edges.

    I'd use the actual calendar page. Having the physical page printed to a decent size is the main advantage I see to using a calendar. Copying it is a pain and will lose already poor image quality. If you're making your own print then I'd choose a different image source. You can use your own photos or drawings, or there is a lot of excellent public domain or inexpensively licensed art.

    I usually have my photos or drawings printed at Costco. They're convenient, reasonably inexpensive, and RC paper works very well for puzzles without having to mess with overcoats or worry about ink running.



    • #3
      Did you check the tutorial from Carter Johnson: New Page 1
      He also has a video:
      cutting jigsaw puzzles - YouTube
      FD Mike
      SD Mike


      • #4
        I agree with Rod. You can trim the edges straight if you like, but recognize the fact that those straight lines will NOT be perfect. It's almost impossible to cut perfectly straight lines for 12" or so with a scroll saw without a little waviness. But who cares? To be safe. cut a wavy line to begin with. It'll make the edge pieces more difficult to identify.

        Then just start cutting....and have phun!



        • #5
          Thanks guys
          Appreciate the inputs and encouragement.

          All the best

          loving my DW788


          • #6
            I end up doing it both ways, depending on the print and wood I have on hand. If the wood is larger than the print, I mount the print then just trim it, resulting in a puzzle blank with wavy edges with the scrollsaw prior to beginning the puzzle. If the print is larger than the wood I use an exacto knife to cut off the excess image. I cut wavy edges around the edge of the puzzle 99.9% of the time. Good luck with your puzzle cutting.


            • #7
              My puzzles are mostly 16x20, so I mount on a slightly larger board then use my table saw to trim it down.


              • #8
                I mount on a slightly large piece and the use the table saw to make it straight. Or i do as Carter suggests just make it wavy so it is harder to do.


                • #9
                  I have gone both ways and found it a little easier to avoid glue getting on the print if I have the print slightly bigger than the board but it takes just a little more care to have the print smaller than the board. Eileen pretty well sums up my approach.


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