Make a Party Puzzle Tray on a CNC Router
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a PDF of the templates we used to create the pieces.
Make sure you've checked out our other Small-shop CNC Routing articles:
- Make a Chinese Checkerboard with a CNC Router
- Make a Solid Wood Luggage Tag with a CNC Router
- Use a CNC Router to Make Perfect Patterns
- Make an Outlet Cover with a CNC Router