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Patchwork puzzle.

Contrasting pieces may be displayed in more than two million eye-catching combinations.

the total length of your puzzle column. Wrap the ends of the column with waxed paper, center it in the tray and glue triangular stop blocks into the V-block alongside the waxed-papered ends. When the glue dries, trim the ends of the tray square and finish-sand it.

Now, arrange the modules in the tray in any order and tape them together with a single piece of wide masking tape. Take the taped column out of the tray and discsand the sides adjacent to the taped side to even up any irregularities. Then, switch the tape to one of the sanded faces and sand the other two sides. Turn a few of the modules 90° and repeat this sanding

STEVE PAULSEN is an artistJwoodworker in California.

process if necessary.

Finally, I finished the tray with a couple coats of lacquer. I decided to leave the puzzle pieces natural because applying a finish would have reduced the friction needed for stacking. But, if appearance is important to you, you can probably get away widi a very thin coat of a penetrating finish that doesn't leave a build up on the surface. A

Make angled /""cuts with bandsaw

Fill rabbet with contrastin wood before bandsawing angle.

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