Jigsaw puzzle sorting trays

socks

When you work a puzzle, what do you use to contain the sorted out pieces? Sorting trays available on Amazon--all kinds--but I wonder if they are worth the investment. I'm using a lightweight plastic tray, a cardboard gift box and aluminum cake pans.

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sushipup1

The cake pans (or big cookie sheets?) are perfect. I use the puzzle box bottom and a sheet of paper, but I have a nice size table. I wouldn't buy anything.

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foggyj2

I concur on the baking sheets. Easy to move when needed too.

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jkayd_il5

Paper plates


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lgmd_gaz

I use the lid of a shoe box for all the pieces that aren't edge pieces. The edges go in a 7 x 7 sorting tray, all pieces turned right side up as I separate the edges out. I like the sorting trays, but only use one or occasionally 2 at a time for all sized puzzles. They are cheap, nest together when not in use. My daughter and I split a pack of 6 between us.


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yeonassky

For the 2000 piece puzzle I have this time I'm using a long skinny rectangle cardboard box and a long skinny wire rack shelf with a flat piece of cardboard on it. As well I'm using some trays and containers. I'm enjoying the this de stressor very much.

PS I probably don't sort as much as I should. Good thing I enjoy the hunt.

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socks

Those sorting boxes aren't very big, so not as many pieces are viewable at once as in a larger tray or whatever. The sorting boxes could be helpful, though, and maybe they are a good gift to a jigsaw puzzler.


Yeonassky--with a 2000 piece puzzle you would need a lot of sorting space! Are you the one who works without looking at the picture????


Fun--those mats look very handy. I'd only have room for one. Yellow color is helpful.


lgmd--shoebox lid....brilliant. The sides aren't too high to shade the pieces near the edge. I do find with the cake pans and box lid that the sides are a little high.


jkay-- paper plates another good idea, maybe the firm white ones (not slippery, not print).


foggy--baking sheets would be good as well because of the low sides.


sushi--cake pans, yes, are good. I found a pie pan today which might work too.


Thanks everyone, Happy puzzling. I splurged and bought a $20 puzzle today, but I'm looking forward to working it and it will take me a while.

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Fun2BHere

Happy puzzling!!!

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yeonassky

I have a table set up in my open concept living dining room behind the sofa. Most of the time my box of puzzles that are upright so that I can see each piece is on the back of the sofa. :-). We don't use the living room much at all.

I do look at the picture but I don't always remember or understand what I am looking at in terms of colours I'm much better at connecting the puzzle pieces themselves for colour.

Happy puzzling to everyone as well!

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Raye Smith

I do them on a 4x8' sheet of plywood on a table in the office in my house. Maybe one day I'll built a custom puzzle/game table.

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lgmd_gaz

This is my puzzle 'station'. My glide rocker with my feet up I can rock while puzzling. The styrofoam board will accomodate a 24 x 18 puzzle comfortably. Larger puzzles go on a 48" round table in the same room, but my sitting duration at the table is limited to less than an hour at a time. On the board here is a 1000 piecer, and it is really difficult.


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socks

Lgmd, Like me, you don’t have a lot of space for the sorting boxes. I like seeing where you do your puzzles. Looks like you have a good light. That’s so important.

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Jasdip

1,000 pieces are my preference. We bought a folding table a few years ago, and when not in use it stores behind the loveseat.

I should bring it out and do a puzzle again, trying to keep Roxie off of it is a feat in itself, never mind the actual puzzle!

Someone on Freecycle is giving away a 2,000 pce. I should ask for it :-)

As far as sorting I just keep all of the pieces on the table, I don't sort; except when turning them over, then I separate all the edge pieces and start there.


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socks

Another question....after finishing a puzzle, how long do you leave it assembled? I usually leave it only a day or so as I’m a little tired of it.

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Jasdip

I left it up long enough for hubby to admire it (and me for my patience) I find jigsaws very relaxing. It would come down that day, or for sure the next day. Either the table put away or another one brought out to start.

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nycefarm

I use a cardboard "case" box. We have a tradition of never placing the last piece! Only stays out a day or so.

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