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The kids...

David Weaver
..have done a bunch of puzzles in the last couple of years.

What I've learned is this:
* get the box, look at the picture. Inevitably, you're going to spend 10 minutes turning pieces over, so turn them over and separate the borders out at the same time in a separate tray
* along with the borders, anything specific in terms of color or resolution (e.g, a puzzle with different animals) can be sorted at the same time as the border.
* both of those are generally easy to put together and there's a whole lot less of the "plain black" or plain whatever pieces left over in the end to fit

That's probably an overly analytical answer, but it's also the easiest way to keep the kids interested (the big unique parts can be put together inside of the border while putting the border together). Takes less thinking to put the puzzle together like that, too - you can see spatially what you have more easily if you get most of the pieces out of circulation, and don't end up being "the guy with one piece in hand trying it in all other pieces".

A lot like hand tool woodworking.

Puzzles that have nothing for spatial references or color variation over a wide area are torture (some of the star wars puzzles have about half of the area covered by black pieces with tiny dots - to look like stars- on them. Several hundred of them out of the original 1000 look identical).

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first hand cut tails *PIC*
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Unsolicited suggestion
Success will be assured
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are you missing a piece of essential equipment
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Kirby is how I started
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Advice, praise and learning curves
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Art, fine art, and utter messes....
I agree with what you say...however....
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Re: Peter Follansbee... *LINK*
You missed the point
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Beauty is as beauty does (in my case)
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my experience with the schools..
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Flawed
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I don't buy it...
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My situation was unique I think...
Is there a psychologist in the house?
The outer frame; the border. *NM*
Thanks for playing, Wiley :) *NM*
I don't think it matters...
The kids...
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I'm waiting for...
Correct.
Where to start a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle...
Where do you start a 1000-piece puzzle?
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said better than I did *NM*
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I don't do a lot of dovetails...
You provided some sage advice *PIC*
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yeah...
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Skew chisel *PIC*
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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*
just read bill's later post..
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Slicks and makers
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