Wooden Puzzle Board

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upclose of puzzle boardWith our busy schedule it can take a long time for us to complete a puzzle. The cats are constantly knocking pieces on the floor or stuff is being set on the puzzle. So to solve this problem, my husband made me a wonderful puzzle board that can easily be placed on the lower shelf of our coffee table. :)





  1. Cut plywood to 40" x 24". NOTE: We purchased a 48" x 24" board and had it cut down at the hardware store.
  2. Cut end of the trim at a 45 degree angle. Then lay the trim along the edge of the board and mark it for length.
  3. marking trim
  4. Cut off the excess trim with a 45 degree angle. Adhere the trim to the board using wood glue.
  5. cutting corner angle
    glue on trim

  6. Then nail the trim in place.
  7. nailing trim
  8. Repeat steps 2-4 for the other three sides of the board. Be sure that the corners as snug when fitting them together.
  9. adding trim
    adding trim 2
    adding trim 3
  10. Using sandpaper, smooth out the corner joints.
  11. sanding corner
  12. Using a nail punch, set the nails into the wood. Then fill the holes and sand them smooth. Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to the entire board (following instructions on can).
  13. coat with polyurethane

  14. Add felt feet to the underside of the board, if desired. Now you can enjoy assembling your puzzle at your own pace, without fear of it being ruined!
  15. finished puzzle board

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July 25, 20130 found this helpful

Thank-you for the great way to keep jigsaw puzzles safe between sessions, and for the great tute! I'm printing this for my husband - he's going to enjoy both crafting the board and being able to get back to his 2nd favourite winter pastime.


(His 1st fav is fly-tying, he's an avid fisherman:)

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April 9, 20180 found this helpful

I went to the thrift store and paid $2.99 for a big picture . we use this to put our puzzle pieces on one end and create the puzzle on the opposite end. When we need too put it away , we slide the picture under the bed until we are ready to work on the puzzle again.

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April 10, 20180 found this helpful

That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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