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Ken Martin

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Hi Friends

I know puzzles are not considered toys by some people, just like scroll sawing is not considered real wood working by a lot of workers.

However, I have watched our Grandson spend a lot of time with this puzzle, and it is my best selling puzzle.

This is a baked wood project.
The backer board is popular (notice the darkness) and the peanut and elephants are pine.  We cut the backer board and the outside of the peanut out stacked together, then cut the elephants out of the pine.  (cutting takes about an hour.
DSC07590_mini.JPG  Then the parts are baked in the toaster oven, even the lightest color, than as each part gets to the color they are removed, and the rest continue baking.  NOTE:  All the parts can be baked together as the puzzle.  Also, DO NOT OVER BAKE, because if parts expand, it is really hard to sand back into shape, like any puzzle.

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I am not a puzzle worker, but this puzzle is one of the hardest puzzles I have tried to put back together, I have cut a dozen of them and still need a guide to follow.  One reason is when you dump the puzzle out, the elephants look the same on the back side and if you try them upside down, FORGET IT.

What I like to do for the client is take a photo of the cut elephant's and place it in the bottom of the puzzle.  This is helpful to the client to get used to the puzzle, then when they are better they can take the photo out, and keep the photo for the next beginner if needed.

DSC07597_mini.JPG This puzzle has been selling for $29.00. 
Hope this is OK to post, with you all.  



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You have done a great job on it and like the different colours you have achieved by baking them. 

I class it as a toy as it is something to be played with and enjoyed, and the scroll saw is another woodworking machine that can be used to bring about a finished project.

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I love this very creative toy. The play value is endless and the design is timeless. Thanks for sharing!
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Hi Ken,
This is a great toy! I've only been doing puzzles for a few months(that's when I bought my Dewalt scroll saw) and would love to give this one a try. Is this your own design or can it be purchased? I haven't tried the wood baking yet but the results look fantastic. Guess I need to buy a toaster oven.
Thanks for sharing.
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Brian and All

Thanks for the nice words about my puzzle.

Brian:  The puzzle was given to me by scroll saw master, so I am glad to send it on.  As you can see it is a simple 1 page line drawing. 
How would like me to send it to you.
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Again thanks for the nice words.


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Darn nice Ken, thanks for posting .
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Puzzles are great I have made several of them. The elephant puzzles were the most popular.

If puzzles are not toys, what are they?



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This looks great Ken. Do you sand all the edges by hand?
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Very good pattern Ken, got me a copy thanks. On my todo list.
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