Assembling A Wooden Jigsaw.

By: Susan Sportman

Putting a jigsaw puzzle together may be accomplished easily and efficiently in easy to follow tips. Depending on your competence on the subject, follow up the steps which best suits your needs.

Turn all of the pieces face up on your work top, pick out all of the edge pieces and put them to one side. This gives you an invaluable place to begin for you to begin. Arrange pieces into colour groups. This step is determined by the design and complexity of the puzzle.

Try to finish colour group sections of the puzzle. At this stage continue to refer to your picture which is usually on the front of the box. Assemble the Edge pieces on your workbench. Place any grouped colour sections into the inner area of the puzzle where it looks obvious to be placed guided by the finished picture. Commence placing the rest of the pieces into your puzzle. This is best achieved by expanding the already compiled colour or edge sections. As you progress with the compilation of your puzzle you will get to the stage whereby you can see the end of the project.

Determine what you intend doing with your finished jigsaw.

Save for another person. If this is the case then carefully break down the puzzle and return the pieces to the plastic bag and then place them back in the box. You could leave it assembled and put it on display. To do this you must paint the surface of the puzzle with puzzle conserver. This stops the Jigsaw from fading over time. If you are simply going to store it then you will need to determine the storage space for the puzzle and make sure it is safe from pending damage. Alternatively you could store it in a Jigsaw Holder.

You can even frame and display your puzzle arrangement. Select your backing board. Determine the background colour for your finished article. (2 or 3mm STD MDF Panel Board is ideal). The lighter the board, the easier it is to handle when finished, especially if the jigsaw is large. Decide what background colour you are going to use for your jigsaw puzzle.

Place the jigsaw onto the board and frame with board cuttings positioned so as to allow for framing area. (Refer sample shown). Remove the Board cuttings. Mark the perimeter of the jigsaw on the board with a pencil. Slide the Jigsaw onto a spare board and re-install the board cuttings. Slide the Jigsaw puzzle into its designated final position. Place side 2 of your sandwich board into place and clamp together. Carefully turn the sandwich over and move to a temporary storage area.

Break open the sandwich and return the original backing board to your work area. You can now paint the outer perimeter of the board (Around the jigsaw area). Re-install the board cuttings on the original board exposing jigsaw area. Paint the jigsaw area with the PVA Craft Glue. Carefully position the jigsaw into place over the glued area by sliding it into place from the spare board. You may carefully place something flat over the jigsaw with weights so as to ensure positive adhering. Frame the jigsaw with some board cuttings. Job Done.

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I have been making Kids Puzzles for a many years and it is still the best sight in the world when you see the childrens faces light up after giving them a wooden toy to play with.

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