Letter dissection puzzles are a quite frequent subgroup of the dissection puzzles. The most frequent task is to take letters apart and rearrange pieces into a solid square. This looks quite natural when using a straight-line letters but rearranging the parts of curved letters is a little too tricky, unless you use much distorted versions of the letters. Proportions of the letters: the vertical height of the letters is five times the thickness of a vertical or horizontal bar, and the latter equals the breadth of the sloping bars measured along a horizontal bar. The number of pieces that letter dissection puzzle is composed of tells you how difficult it will be to arrange it into a square.
Letter dissection puzzles are not very difficult. However, it is more challenging to make the letters from the square than the reverse. In some cases, when solving this type of puzzles, you need to turn on asymmetric pieces over to solve the Letter dissection puzzles.
Letter dissection puzzles are very easy to make. All that you need to make the letter dissection puzzle are the basic hand tools (ruler, drafting compass, pencil, fretsaw, sandpaper...), basic woodworking skills and good will. It is very important to precisely delineate the cutting lines and to cut pieces carefully. The more precisely you cut the pieces, the better will fit together.
How to make Letter dissection puzzles
Transfer the cutting pattern onto the piece of wood of required dimensions. Drawing and cutting each part separately rather than from assembled diagram, will produce slightly more accurate pieces. Cut the pieces following the lines on the pattern. When you make letter dissection puzzles of wood, use the thinnest blade for cutting. Sand all surfaces, smooth edges and cover both sides with varnish or paint. Choose hardwood for this project. The harder the wood is, the better the edges will be. You can make letter dissection puzzles out of various materials, like wood, metal, cardboard, plastic, acrylic, Plexiglas, etc.
Cutting patterns and solutions for several Letter dissection puzzles