Make a Party Puzzle Tray on a CNC Router

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If you try to hold a plate and a wine glass at the same time, you have to set one down to feed yourself — unless you have one of these fun Party Puzzle Tray pieces! Each puzzle piece gives you room for snacks, plus a notched cutout for holding a fluted wine glass. Our design has the pieces fitting together into a nice rectangle that can sit on a sideboard or table until needed.

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These fun little party trays have been showing up in catalogs for a while now. Our design has the pieces fitting together into a nice rectangle that can sit on a sideboard or table until needed.

There are six pieces that make up our puzzle tray, and each requires its own .tap file. We've provided all six as a free download HERE. If you are not a CNC router owner, we have also created six full-sized drawings of the piece in the PDF format. You can click on the link below to receive them all. Then glue them to your stock and use a scroll saw to cut out each piece.

Completed Puzzle

We used Baltic birch plywood for our puzzle pieces, but you could mix and match different wood species to come up with a cool look. Just remember, if you are using solid wood, you may have to adjust how tightly the parts fit together — if the pieces swell with seasonal humidity changes, it might make the pieces too tight.

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Finish should be something that is easily cleaned up and resists alcohol. I used a very thin amber shellac wash coat, followed by white spray lacquer. Then I waxed the pieces to make them feel great and to keep the lacquer from welding together.

puzzle tray pattern

Click here for a PDF of the templates we used to create the pieces.


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