I first came across this puzzle a few years ago at my uncle’s estate sale; apparently it was his father’s. I’m not sure if he made it himself or just came across it but I thought it was quite unique. I’ve made them out of hardwood and softwood. They also make great gifts for the young and old.
Step #1: Next
- As you can see from the blueprint we are working with 1 x 1 x 4 inch wood stock. If you would like to adjust the blueprints you can make it any size you like. You can use hard or soft wood, I myself had a piece of mahogany kicking around. I sawed it down to inch by inch stock (1" x 1").
Step #2: Next
- Now you can cut your inch by inch (1" x 1") to 4" lengths. You should mark the cuts that you'll make for each puzzle piece you'll be cutting; it's a little more accurate.
Step #3: Next
- I myself used a table saw set at 1/2" inch height and I eyed up the lines to get an accurate cut. You can use a band saw as that will work well too. After each piece is cut you could clean up the cut with a file.
Step #4: Next
- After your pieces are cut and cleaned up, sand for smoothness.
Step #5: Next
- Time for paint, stain, oil or boiled linseed for your desired look. I used the Tung N Teak oil on this project. Of course, I put about 3 coats on and let dry in between, buffed down with steel wool and one more coat, let dry for 20 minutes and hand rubbed.
Step #6: Next
- THE SOLUTION:
- As you can see by the numbered layout, put 6 and 5 together as in the picture, then insert 4 as shown.
- Next step, add 2 as shown, then insert 3, then slide in 1, the piece that is not cut; I call it the KEY.
- Hope you enjoy building your own cross puzzle as I did. It gave me many pleasurable years of messing with my friends' minds.
I myself had a piece of mahogany, but you could also use oak, cherry, or soft woods like spruce, pine or cedar. I used Danish oil since I used hard wood for this project.