As with the rainbow arches tutorial, this tutorial doesn't have photos of the machines you'll be using as I'm nowhere near my dad's woodshop at present.
Materials for a dollhouse puzzle:
- A 9" x 6" piece of hardwood, about 2 1/2" thick. Oak, Elm or Sycamore are some suitable options.
- A Bandsaw. My dad strongly recommends bandsaws as opposed to jigsaws. He says that a jigsaw typically wouldn't be powerful enough to make smooth cuts through such a thick piece of wood - the blade would bend and result in a slanted cut.
- Sanding equipment. I used an Oscillating Spindle Sander and a Belt Sander, but plain old sandpaper will accomplish the same thing, just a lot more slowly.
- Beeswax Polish. I purchased mine here.
Safety: Wear safety goggles and proper ear protection when using the bandsaw and sanders. Make sure they are in proper working order to ensure safe use.
|click here for pdf pattern|
- Trace the pattern above onto your wood (the shaded portions are empty space in the finished puzzle).
- Cut away the outside portion first, then work your way into the interior shapes.
- Go slowly and steadily for smooth cuts.
- The chairs can either be left as is for a bench-like look, or sliced in half (depth-wise) to create 4 individual chairs.
- If using power sanders, gently and evenly rotate the puzzle pieces along the sander.
- Use a table belt sander to sand the outer edges of the pieces.
- Use an oscillating spindle sander to sand the inner sides of the pieces.
- If using sandpaper
- Start with the coarsest grit (60) and sand all surfaces of the puzzle pieces until smooth.
- Use progressively finer grit (higher number) sandpaper on all the pieces up to at least 220 grit.
- Wipe the sawdust off the pieces.
- Apply beeswax with a soft cloth, working it into the wood.
- Let dry.
- Apply additional coats as desired
- To maintain your wooden dollhouse puzzle, periodically reapply beeswax.