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Wooden snake jigsaw puzzle with Dremel Moto Saw

Soon to be launched in South Africa, the Dremel Moto Saw is a smaller, compact and more versatile version of a scroll saw - with lots more advantages. The Dremel Moto Saw is a portable scroll saw that can be handheld or used on a table or worktop. This is a tool that is going to be a big hit with anyone looking to get more involved in crafts and DIY. In this feature we're going to show you how to use the Dremel Moto Saw to create a snake jigsaw puzzle.

 

You will need:

9mm SupaWood cut to 55cm x 50cm
Scrap wood 7.5cm w x 10cm long
Two pencils
Duct tape

TOOLS

Dremel 3000 multitool + sanding band + cutter
Dremel moto saw + general purpose wood cutting blade + fine wood cutting blade

Here's how:

Step 1
Buy a piece of SupaWood and get it cut for you at your local Builders Warehouse to measure exactly 55cm x 50cm. When you get it home, draw a circle onto it with a diameter of 50cm. This will become the outline for your coiled snake jigsaw. Make yourself a ‘drawing guide'. This will allow you to draw two parallel lines in the shape of the snake's body within the 50cm circle.

 To make the drawing guide, cut a piece of scrap wood 7.5cm wide by 10cm long using your Dremel® Moto-Saw. Tape a pencil to each edge and draw the coiled body of the snake inside the circle. Create the head and tail by drawing them freehand.

Step 2
Measure the length of your snake's body, excluding the head and tail, using a dressmakers tape and divide it into 26 equal size parts. Draw the interlocking jigsaw outlines on each piece to act as a guide. Cut out the snake using your Dremel Moto-Saw and the coarse wood blade MS51 by cutting along the lines you have drawn on both sides of the body and around the head and tail.

Step 3
Cut out the segments of the snake, following your drawn lines including the interlocking jigsaw pieces, using your Dremel Moto-Saw and the fine wood blade MS52.

Step 4
Gently sand off any rough edges using the Dremel 3000 with EZ SpeedClic Sanding Discs SC411 on the edges of the snake only. Do not sand the interlocking jigsaw pieces, as this will cause the pieces to fit together poorly.

Step 5
Paint on one number per segment and decorate in child-friendly colours creating your own design, including pictures, to encourage engagement.

 

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