Wooden Puzzles – our new adventure with the scroll saw!

Last week we were browsing around (our extensive library of books) and the internet looking for inspiration for new things to add to our skill set (and the shop!). We found a little pot of gold called “scroll saw puzzles.” πŸ™‚ What set of little hands doesn’t love the weight and feel of a piece of wood? Not to mention the fact that puzzles are great for growing minds … and keeping the wood natural means it’s a completely safe, non-toxic toy! Win, win, and win some more.

There are a number of FREE puzzle patterns available to get you started! The cutest one we found was this T-Rex.Β (This link takes you to a wonderful page with instructions and other designs, as well! Scroll down for the T-Rex.) Β We copied him at 100% and used double-sided carpet tape to adhere the design to a scrap piece of 3/4″ pine. Clear pine is great because it’s knot-free, but it’s also a LOT more expensive. Depending on the details in your puzzle, most books recommend plywood for strength. You can use your discretion. For large pieces that don’t have a lot of detail, solid wood should be fine.

Want to find more free puzzle designs for the scroll saw? Check out my board on Pinterest right here!Β I will be adding more as we find them … πŸ™‚

Ready to see the finished work? Here are a few that we’ve put together this week!

wooden owl puzzle scotty dog puzzle

There are many more to share with you … so consider this post To Be Continued… on Thursday!

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

A Little Bit of Husker Curb Appeal …

Husker Football is kind of a big deal around here. Okay, that was an understatement: it’s part of our identity. We’ve made a lot of different (adorable) doorhangers, but these two are my personal favorites. Why? There’s just something about chevron and Huskers, right?

A touch more subtle in grey chevron, the message is still clear: Forever a Husker!

Both of these designs were dictated by the customer – and both of them are beautiful! I painted them with your standard acrylic craft paint, then sealed both sides with three coats of matte spray sealer. Just in case you can’t protect them with a storm door, the sealer keeps the moisture out (and the wood underneath from warping!). Β The finishing touch is a simple knotted twine hanger. Rustic perfection. πŸ™‚

Red chevron screams "Huskers!" and we added the perfect bit of silver sparkle on top.

Chalkboard Shapes – our DIY gallery

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What do you think of our shapes? I love them all – especially the quote bubble. We’ve sold more than a few of these in the shop already and we’re working on more! Chalkboards are fun and easy (if you have the patience with painting several coats!) and they are so great to use around the house. I’m thinking the nieces and nephews might be getting these for birthdays this year…

What other shapes should we add to the gallery? Trains? Fire Trucks?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

DIY “LOVE” door hanger

I’ve shared the general pattern with you, now for the process! In case you want to try this yourself, I’m going to show you all the steps that are involved with a simple scroll saw project. πŸ™‚ We begin with the pattern – I typed up “LOVE” in a plain document in 650 pt font size – one letter per page. When you print them out, then tape them together to form a square – as you saw in my earlier post. What happens next? To the plywood!

The pattern is taped to the 1/4″ plywood square (about 18″ square to be precise) using indoor carpet tape. Apply the tape to the plywood first, then remove the paper and smooth the paper pattern onto the tape to secure it to the wood! You can trim the extra tape off if you like so that it doesn’t slow the blade down once you go to cut it on the saw.

Here is the pattern taped down (using double sided carpet tape) and ready to cut with the saw!

Here is the pattern taped down (using double sided carpet tape) and ready to cut with the saw!

Close up of the pattern so you can see the tape. I like to cut away the excess before going to work.

Close up of the pattern so you can see the tape. I like to cut away the excess before going to work.

It's cut out!

It’s cut out! When you’re finished cutting, the carpet tape and the paper pattern will peel off quite easily, and cleanly.

Couldn't resist adding some scrapbook paper and for flair. It's easy to be accurate when you lay the finished wood cutout on top of the paper and trace.

Couldn’t resist adding some scrapbook paper and for flair. It’s easy to be accurate when you lay the finished wood cutout on top of the paper and trace.

As you can see, it’s a process. I also painted the back to make it more weatherproof – because we don’t have a storm door to protect it from the elements. After pasting on the paper with Mod Podge, I sealed it with a gloss spray paint. Makes it shiny and beautiful!

TA-DA!!! Finished!! Just added some sheer ribbon for hanging.

finished love doorhangerThe second one looks totally different and I will share that with you soon! πŸ™‚ I mean, if one is good, two is better, right?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Happy New Year {from the Woodworker’s Wife}!

"The One that Got Away," out of birch plywood. We rounded all the edges to give it a finished look.

“The One that Got Away,” out of birch plywood. We rounded all the edges to give it a finished look.Β 

 

The star is walnut, and the base is birch plywood. This was a gift for my Grandpa, a Koren War Veteran.

The star is walnut, and the base is birch plywood. This was a gift for my Grandpa, a Korean War Veteran.

Happy New Year from me, the Woodworker’s Wife. To ring in the new year, here is a review of a few things that we made for Christmas this year. My brother and my Man worked hard on these, and Grandpa loved them. There’s nothing like giving a gift that’s hand-made. πŸ™‚

As I look forward to the new year, I can see all the beautiful possibilities… we have a huge pile of barn wood in the garage, and I can’t wait to get cracking! I’ll be sharing some of my inspiration with you later this week …Β 

~ The Woodworker’s Wife