The Ultimate Puzzle Board with Drawers

Due to other commitments, I have had to close down my puzzle board shop. Hopefully one day I will be able to start making them again. If you would like to purchase a set of plans (detailed written instructions) to build the board yourself, you can send $10 to me via Paypal (email address – calebcangelosi @ If you don’t have Paypal, you can mail me a check – please let me know through the comment section.

If you like working jigsaw puzzles, then you would love what I just made. It’s a table top puzzle board with four drawers. Not only does it give you a portable surface on which to build your puzzle (nice if you want to work on your puzzle in various locations, or if you work on puzzles on the dining room table – which might often be needed), but the four drawers essentially double your space, and allow you to group pieces by color, section, etc. I saw it at a nursing home in St. Louis, and immediately wanted to make one. So I snapped some pictures with my Iphone. On our vacation a couple of weeks ago, I began working on a 1000 piece puzzle. So when we came home, I got to work. I wanted one that would fit a 3000 piece puzzle I have of Raphael’s painting The School of Athens. The puzzle is nearly 3’x4′ (!!!), so I knew I had to make my board that big. The drawers are about 16″x26″. I made it out of hardwood plywood and some Katrina oak I still have from a tree Hurricane Katrina knocked down back in ’05. Even though I’m biased as the designer/builder, this puzzle board is incredible. It’s huge (takes up about half our dining room table), and certainly fits all the pieces of a 1000 piece puzzle with ease (I’m a bit nervous about the 3000 piece puzzle; it will be tight, but I couldn’t make the board any bigger). Since it’s so big, it’s a bit heavy, and it’s too big to pass through my doorways, which is a downside (I can’t move it upstairs and downstairs); but like I said, I want to do that 3000 piece puzzle that I’ve had for the past 12 or so years (!).

I currently make a 24″x36″ board and a 28″x36″ board.

Here are two pictures of the 3”x4′ board, not the best but you get the idea.

Here are some pictures of a smaller (2’x3′) board:




Anyway, if you’d like one for yourself or a friend, you can buy them here (24×36) or here (28×36).

The Farmer


48 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary on September 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Great job!!!


  2. That’s a pretty awesome board! And “The School of Athens” is one of my favorite paintings. Should be a fun one to put together!


  3. Posted by lynn munroe on December 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I am very interested in getting one of your puzzle boards, it looks to be very well made. I am interested in one for about 1500 piece puzzle and if I can purchase it in Canada


  4. Posted by briean jackson on December 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    i would love one of these for about a 1500 piece puzzle as well it has been increasingly difficult to find one that i can buy for a good price what would you charge if you were interested in making me one? my email is shoot me an email if you are interested


  5. Posted by C Deegee on January 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I would really like one of these for a 2000 piece puzzle. Would you be willing to sell the plans or how much would you charge to make it and ship it to Florida? Email if interested: 4deegees at msn dot com


  6. Hi–
    I love this. We sell made in America wooden puzzles(among other things) and would love to have a puzzle board that is also made in America. I have a small shop in Denver and would love to carry your puzzle boards. I don’t know if you would be interested but we would probably start with 10 or 12 of them.
    Please contact me at Modern Bungalow 303-300-3332 or
    Kate Sultan


  7. Posted by Lisa Kish on January 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Celab,

    It is beautiful! I was laid off six month ago. Beside looking for work I have keep myself busy with prayer and buried blueprint puzzles which I have been working on with my son. It is something that I feel can bring families closer together. I am a single mother so I have alway been close with my family.( My son is in 26 year old and the puzzles has brought us all closer.His girlfriend and friends come over and we all sit and TALK as we enjoy learning some biblical history).f I believe your board is a great gift for everyone and especially ones with children for a weekly family night project . The board can be moved from the table without misplacing any piece. It is juat wonderfull!

    I would like to know what the price would be to purchase the plans?
    Please let me know.

    With best regards,



  8. Posted by Tony hutnyk on February 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Send me your email so may contact you tony hutnyk


  9. Posted by Patricia Case on March 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I saw your board on Etsy on thought it’s such a beautiful piece of wood. If I were purchasing this it would be for a totally different use. I am wondering the depth of the drawers. I don’t need them to be very deep but deeper than the depth of a puzzle piece. I look forward to your reply. Thank you.


  10. Posted by Brenda on March 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I would love to order one of your puzzle boards. I tried finding your Esty shop, but was not successful. I’d like a board approximately 21″x 29″. Please let me know how I can get more information.


  11. Posted by Carole King Molchan on July 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Please give some more information and prices.


  12. Posted by Lindsay Seidl on August 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I see that your blog now says you aren’t making the puzzle boards anymore–but I would REALLY REALLY like one. Do you still have any to sell? I just visited a friend in Illinois this weekend and she had one. I know my Mom would LOVE one of these for Christmas. Any possible way you could consider making one for me?


  13. Posted by Leslie on October 20, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Can you provide me with price and availibility for these?


  14. Posted by Eric Byrne on January 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Can you please call me at 806-584-8045 or email me at I am looking to build one and would like to discuss purchasing your plans. Thank you


  15. Posted by Patricia A. Walter on January 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Am interested in purchasing a board, please email the price. Thank you


  16. Posted by Jill Hodsdon on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Please provide price and availability. Thank you.


  17. Posted by Melanie on November 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a copy of your plans. Please email me at Thanks,


  18. I would like the plans to make your board. How do I go about this?
    James Tucker


  19. Posted by Wendy Haefner on November 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a copy of your plan to make your 28″ x 36″ board. Please email information about accomplishing this at Thank you for your help in advance.


  20. Posted by Larry on November 27, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I would like to purchase your plans to make a board for my wife for Christmas. Please reply to Thank you.


  21. Posted by Jennifer Angelosanto on November 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    im wondering how I can get one of these boards tryin my hardest to find one all your links are out of stalk!! I would really love to but one for my gran its the perfect christmas gift as her old bit of cardboard she uses is basically spit in two!!! Pleaee can you get back me me if they are still avalible on thankyou somuch .


  22. Posted by Jodi on December 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to have the plans please!


  23. Posted by Shawn on December 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Please let me know how to purchase the plans for this puzzle board…awesome! Does anyone else sell one already built similar to this? Thanks and Merry Christmas!


  24. Posted by Staci Langford on December 20, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I am interested in purchasing a copy of your plans!


  25. Posted by David on December 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Hi, Interested in a set of plans if still available


  26. Posted by Bill on January 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I am interested in buying a set of plans. Thanks.


  27. Posted by Michelle Campa on February 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a copy of your plan to make your 28″ x 36″ board. Please email information about accomplishing this at Thank you for your help in advance. Please respond to


  28. Posted by Rose on March 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I am wanting one of these for 1000 pc puzzles. Can you send me info to make one or where I can get one. Please Please Please. Thanks


  29. Posted by Keith Garnett on November 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I Work On Puzzles That Are Anywere From 500 To 5000 Pieces And Would Like A Board That Would Acomadate This Any Suggestions


  30. Posted by Shasta on December 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I’m interested in buying a set of plans from you.I don’t have PayPal can I have your address to mail you the money.


  31. Posted by Shasta on December 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I’m interested in buying a set of plans for the 28/36 puzzle board.I don’t have PayPal can I have your address to send you the money


  32. Posted by Lynne Johnson on March 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Are you still selling the plans? Would like to buy a set.


  33. I would like to buy a set of your plans to make the puzzle table. Please email me the information and the price of the plans and where to send the money. Thank you.
    Cheryl Nelson


  34. Posted by Judith Evans on January 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    May I please buy a copy of the plans for the ultimate puzzle board


  35. Posted by Karen on April 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Do you still make the plans available for purchase?


  36. Posted by Phillip Beaulieu on September 6, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I would like to buy the plans for your jigsaw puzzle boards. I have a 1500 piece puzzle that I will be working on.


  37. Posted by Phillip Beaulieu on September 6, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I need the for a 1500 piece puzzle that I will be working on. Please send me an address where I can send you the money for the plans.


  38. Posted by Shasta Hollinger on November 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I would like to buy the plans for the 28×36 puzzle board.


  39. Posted by ANNE WARD on November 26, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I’d like to buy plans for the 28 x 36 puzzle board-


  40. Posted by Jack on November 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Ah! I just love this board! I know you said you’ve closed down your shop…. want to open it back up just this once? Please! I would pay generously for the large board you show in the picture with the addition of a ridge around the top to prevent pieces from falling off. PLEASE let me know, you’d be helping to make someone’s Christmas extra special!


    • Posted by calebcangelosi on November 28, 2017 at 12:50 am

      Jack, I’m so sorry, there is no way that I can make these again. I don’t have the time right now. And my shop isn’t really set up for this production any longer. But I have an idea that I need to check on and I’ll email you tomorrow with a possible solution. Thanks.


  41. My husband has been in construction for years and we have just recently found a love for puzzles. He would love to start making these tables, do you recommend the business? We would love to buy a set of plans, are you still selling them? Do we still pay thru paypal: Thanks,


    • Posted by calebcangelosi on March 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Jena, yes, I think if you have the equipment and a good source for nice oak wood, then it can work. I did find that the way I was doing it took a good while to make a board, but if your husband is in construction then I bet he can figure out how to do it more quickly/efficiently than I was. He may even have someone who can help him and reduce the time per board. My boards were so much nicer and sturdier than the ones you find in Bits and Pieces puzzle magazine, so I think that if you advertise well there is a niche market for these. I continue to get comments like yours on this post. There are people who want these boards, it would just take some good advertising on Etsy, etc. Yes, send $10 to that email through Paypal and I’ll email you the plans. Thanks!


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