A tangram is a classic Chinese puzzle consisting of seven pieces that can be recombined into many different shapes and figures. Here’s how to make one.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 1⁄4″ x 8″ x 8″ square of smooth plywood. If your plywood is a little rough, sand it smooth. You can use other thin materials such as rigid foam or cardboard.
- Fine-toothed saw, coping saw or fine-toothed keyhole saw
- Wood finish of your choice. The tangram can be one color, left natural or stained, or you can paint each piece a different color. It’s up to you.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Step 1: With the pencil and ruler, follow the diagram and lay out the square of plywood.
Step 2: Saw the plywood into the seven shapes shown. Sand the top, bottom and edges of each piece.
Step 3: Apply the finish of your choice. Put a mark on the bottom of each piece so you’ll know which side is the top. It can be confusing if you try to make shapes with the bottom of some pieces facing up.
Step 4: Your tangram is complete. Start creating, and have fun!