Making Puzzles Happen

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  1. Hatfield

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    Any of you puzzle nerds ever done one of those custom photo-to-puzzles ? Thinking about doing this as part of a coworker's retirement, but can't tell if it's going to come out looking like shit or actually be cool.
     
  2. Constant

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    We have a playroom for the grandkids, so I've been doing these 300-pc with them and mounting them on their wall. Got a 3rd one yet to do.

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  3. jbr

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    Welcome to the #puzzlegang. Minimum age (or mentality) requirement of 60.
     
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  4. Constant

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    Got that covered.
     
  5. tjosu

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    Wife did a couple of these with our wedding photos as gifts. Came out looking great from Shutterfly and make a great gift (for the right person)
     
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  6. Quailman

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    Progress so far. The edges and the Marvel logo have been a pain in my ass lol

     
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  7. jbr

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    Drywall puzzle board. Nice.

    That beast is going to take you months.
     
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  8. Tommy Jefferson

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    Had to buy one of these bad boys this morning after I realized my card table wasn’t going to cut it. Drywall was probably a better choice. 2D3EEFCA-F973-4548-83E3-3AC83ADD698B.jpeg
     
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  9. Quailman

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    yep. luckily was talking to my dad about this and he had an extra piece of drywall. marked out the dimensions with a sharpie and this worked out well
     
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  10. jbr

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    I have different pieces of particle board from Home Depot and just swap out based on puzzle size. I usually go with the 2x3 or 3x4.
     
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  11. Pile Driving Miss Daisy

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    Only 500 pieces but it must have taken me 20-25 hours. But good news kids! It glows in the dark!

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  12. jbr

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    Finished this one at lunch. It’s one from the magic puzzle company that was mentioned earlier in the thread. Pretty neat idea.

    After you finish the main puzzle, there is an extra envelope with instructions and more pieces. In this case, I switched a few of the sections around and added the middle section (monster).
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  13. The Blackfish

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    Glad you enjoyed it. They’re pretty cool, visually fun and also the interiors straight pieces add a little twist too. If you got the all yellow one though, I did not enjoy it. Too homogenous.
     
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  14. The Blackfish

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    The Maze one is great though
     
  15. jbr

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    I got the first series and knew immediately The Sunny City was going to suck. Good recommendation though. The design is a nice twist.
     
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  16. David Puddy

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    20CF3BFA-2E22-4965-AC90-C501E385B18F.jpeg This thread somehow managed to get me to drop over $100 on a goddamn puzzle :facepalm:

    but I’ll be damned, I enjoyed it. Only ~330 pieces, but it still took a good bit of effort. I guess I gotta frame it or something? I can’t just throw it back in the box after all that
     
  17. jbr

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    That one looks awesome.

    Liberty puzzles are something else. Sliding the pieces in is second only to sliding…
     
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  18. David Puddy

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    Do they all smell like a campfire or was mine special?
     
  19. jbr

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    They all smell like that. It’s laser cut wood.
     
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  20. tjosu

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    This puzzle of Cinque Terre was a total pain in the ass down to the bitter end

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  21. NP13

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    i have a 500 piece one of this that's slightly different
     
  22. jbr

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    I try to stay away from puzzles with large swathes of homogeneous sections. The sea, sky, rock, and houses all seem like painful areas.

    My current puzzle has distinct sections that should make it pretty easy/enjoyable.

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  23. tjosu

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    I bought it assuming the wife would help because look how pretty it is!

    Wrong
     
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  24. jbr

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    That is pretty much how I started. I bought a few 100-200 piecers for my kids and we did them as a family at the beginning of the pandemic. Then my wife said she really liked it and we did a few 500 piecers together after the kids were asleep. She stopped (because it got harder) so I just do puzzles instead of watching tv, playing on my phone, etc.
     
  25. tjosu

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    Pretty close to us too. She likes to do them every now and then, but I’ve really enjoyed spending 30 minutes to an hour working a puzzle in the evenings rather than sitting in front of the TV/scrolling on my phone lately
     
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  26. Pile Driving Miss Daisy

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    Just bought a couple 1000 piece puzzles. I agree that it's nice to spend an hour or two some evenings instead of just shit posting.
     
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  27. Jake Barnes

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    Hey gents,

    Wife is a big-time puzzle gonzo, was hoping y’all could help me out; is there a good sub-based puzzle delivery service to sends new puzzles monthly?
     
  28. The Blackfish

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    You could pay jbr to send you the ones he finishes
     
  29. jbr

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    Half the fun is picking your next puzzles. I don’t want no stinking monthly service doing that for me.
     
  30. jbr

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    This is a 1000 (large) piece which ended up 24x30. The pieces are different shapes/sizes which was a nice change. This is the first time I didn’t get all the outside flats first because I couldn’t find them all. There were a lot of flat-like pieces in the puzzle which made it more difficult. 8 out of 10 on the puzzle scale.
     
  31. jbr

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    Starting a 2000 piecer tonight. Interested to see how long it takes. I’m guessing about three weeks.
     
  32. jbr

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    Here’s some family friendly content in the middle of all this disgusting Watson drama.
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    I’m about halfway through the 2000 piecer. That’s 3x6 and a pain in the ass to search through.
     
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  33. jbr

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    2000 piecer done. My kids had viral croup this week so I got a lot of extra puzzling time.
     
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  34. The Blackfish

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    Is there a cactus in Alabama?
     
  35. jbr

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  36. jplaYa

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    Yep. Pushed my brother into one at my Mama’s house in Muscle Shoals in like 1993.
     
  37. tjosu

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    Finally finished this 1500 piecer, first one that big and it was pretty tough

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  38. Tommy Jefferson

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    I have the world’s best dog. Never nibbled on a shoe or a sock. We leave food unattended on the coffee table and he just sits there staring at it hoping we share. He can even roll over on command (sometimes).

    I’m taking him to the shelter tonight
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  39. jbr

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    You do the most difficult/pain in the ass puzzles. Your patience must be off the charts.
     
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  40. tjosu

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    This one did get annoying at times, but I do prefer the challenge so that I can take my time over a couple weeks. I need to improve on the workspace too because when I have the kitchen light on, my spot gets some really bad glare and makes it harder; you can see some of the glare even from the natural light just earlier
     
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  41. tjosu

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    This one may have been the biggest pain in the ass that I’ve done

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  42. jbr

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    1000 pieces?

    I’ve been on a puzzle break with the weather getting better. Haven’t done one in a few months.
     
  43. Constant

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    This thread motivated me to get a 1k piece puzzle to do absent grandkid visits. Apologies for the shitty picture.

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  44. tjosu

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    Yep, 1k. The weather plus vacation made this take about a month all in, started only doing 15-30 minutes in the evenings before bed and that really killed any momentum