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Wanda the Fish - Scroll Saw Puzzle

My grandkids love playing with my scroll saw puzzles. I found a free pattern for Wanda the fish, which should be about right for the 2 and 3 year old grand kids. I found the free pattern here.

I entered it into Sketchup, so I could 1 pattern to glue on the wood and scroll saw it.........and 1 copy to tell me how to paint it.  I scaled it so it would fit onto a 5.5 inch wide piece of red oak or maple from the big box stores. I chose to make it from 3/4" thick red oak.

I used white Elmer's glue to glue the paper pattern onto the 3/4" thick red oak..........then scroll sawed out the pieces.  I sanded the pieces on the drill press using a drum sander with 220 grit sand paper.  I then used a wet dishrag and water to remove the paper pattern and glue.......then dried the pieces in the over at 120F.

Anita's Paints - Used to Paint pieces

Used Oven at 120F to dry paint faster

Used Linseed Oil to seal the back of the puzzle pieces


I put 2 coats of paint.  I did not paint the back of the pieces, because it makes it too confusing for the kids to put it I sealed them with Linseed oil.

The pattern has a white circle above the fish eye, but when I painted just did not look like, so I eliminated the white spot and just went with a black eye.

Finished Wanda the fish puzzle

Closing Thoughts

This was an easy one to make.  Red oak worked ok as the wood for the puzzle.  The white eye looked neat in the pattern, but in reality I had to eliminate it because it did not look right in the painted condition.