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I am building my first CNC Router/engraver, the MPCNC. I'm looking for projects to make with it.

My daughter-in-law is an elementary teacher. I would like to make her a puzzle of the US with the individual states as pieces.

Anyone know of a source of drawings/plans of the outline of individual states that can be cut out on a cnc router, and reasonably align with each other? Or a drawing of the US that I could manipulate to make the individual states? Or using freeware how to make such a puzzle?

Thanks for any input.

Chuck
 

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I think I found what I need. Just had to find the right Google search terms. I searched for .dxf files of the US States and found several links to explore...

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Cool Chuck, if you'd like to search for more search w/ the .EPS or .PDF extensions also.
You may get more results. Also search for coloring books or clipart under Images > Tools tab.
The search can get a bit hairy at times.
 

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So use a 1/16th inch end mill and cut the map out of 1/4 inch mdf or plywood. Or 1/8th inch baltic birch. You could always create a border or a recessed area of the entire map on a separate board so the pieces would fit.
 

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That would make assembling the puzzle too easy, Mike. The kids would just visually scan the board for a similar shape; no need to even look at the context.
*resisting temptation to make political comment...* :)
 

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Interesting thought Dan. Make all the pieces square and exactly the same size and see if they know where they should go. Hmmm.
 

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You gotta remember Dan, there's 48 pieces in the main body. Not just the 6 or so you guys got.
 

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Texas= 695, 662 square kilometers

British Columbia= 944,735 square kilometers

Just sayin.
 
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