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I am making puzzles for my youngest grandchildren. I need more than one of each so I made a pattern for all the various ones. I wanted to make them out of pine (3/4"). I used a 1/8" pattern bit to make them. The problem is that on the up swing, against the grain, as I reach the top to pass over and go down on the grain it rips off a chuck of the wood. I thought of three possible solutions; 1) back cut on all of these areas, 2) use a larger dia. bit or 3) slower speed. What do you think?

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HI scotirish10

The router is a great tool but I would recommend the scroll saw for that job, I make them all the time for my grandchildren, just stick on the pattern and just cut them out easy, if you use the right saw blade no sanding needed..
When I'm bored on Sat. and when the kids are about, I cut out 2 or 3 out in about 10 miins..and say OK kids fix them and in about a hour or two them have them done with.. they are 4 and 5 years old..I can't say how many I have done but it's been going on that way for about a year or so.. LOL LOL, most end up in a plastic bag and they take them home

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I am making puzzles for my youngest grandchildren. I need more than one of each so I made a pattern for all the various ones. I wanted to make them out of pine (3/4"). I used a 1/8" pattern bit to make them. The problem is that on the up swing, against the grain, as I reach the top to pass over and go down on the grain it rips off a chuck of the wood. I thought of three possible solutions; 1) back cut on all of these areas, 2) use a larger dia. bit or 3) slower speed. What do you think?



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Thanks BJ. I was trying to save time. As I am retired, come to think of it all I have is time, I will follow your suggestion.

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You're Welcome scotirish

I do like to make them and I'm sure you will to,,,I turn on the scroll saw all the time just to play with it,,I'm always trying to do it smaller just for kicks Here's a snapshot of some of the ones I put to one side.. plus you will see a trick puzzle below that's fun for the kids to do.. it looks easy but it can take some time to get all the parts back in place..


http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bruce.v...d%20puzzle.pdf
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bruce.v...ck%20Plans.pdf

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bruce.v...0page%202.html


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Thanks again BobJ. I am going to make the puzzle tomorrow.

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I should note the scroll saw is a great way to make signs

Many like to plow out the back ground when making a sign but it's easy with the scroll saw, just stick 2 boards together cut out what you want then split the boards and you make it proud or recess very easy and it's very clean all in one shot... plus it can be any font you want it to be..

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I have done that. I planed down one board to be about 1/8" thinner. double taped them together and cut the letters out. Gives me two signs, one with the letters proud and the other with letters inset.

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