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JIGSORT 1000 - Jigsaw puzzle case for up to 1,000 pieces from Jigthings
This is the second largest Jigsort in the Jigthings range. It will accommodate many puzzles up to 1,000 pieces - sizes up 29.5 inches x 20.5 inches. Some of the USA puzzle manufacturers make 1,000 piece puzzles larger than this so please check puzzle sizes carefully. To accommodate ALL conventional 1,000 piece puzzles you will need the Jigsort 1500.
Jigsorts are the ultimate jigsaw puzzle management system. The system is designed to make it quick and easy to pack away, carry and store your jigsaws; they are forever kept safe, neat and tidy. Puzzle enthusiasts usually refer to Jigsorts as puzzle organizers because each one consists of three key elements as follows:
Firstly, there is a firm "Construction Board" (a Jigboard made from rigid board not cardboard) on which the puzzle is made. The board is completely covered in a special soft fabric that makes it a joy to work with. It can be placed on any table or shiny surface without the least fear of scratching. The fabric covering keeps the pieces attached to the surface and this, combined with a raised edge around the board, ensures that individual pieces are never lost. Whilst a jigsaw is being made the board is taken out of the outer case to make it easy to move around.
Secondly, there are 4 "Sort Trays" that provide a means to store the non-assembled pieces. The Sort Trays are covered in the same special soft fabric as the Construction Board and if required each one can be used for assembling small sections for later transfer to the main board.
The third element is the stylish outer case into which the above items containing your part-assembled jigsaw are packed away. The case has a zip to ensure that no pieces can be lost and an integrated, fully stitched handle (no rivets, screws or staples) enables you to safely transport your jigsaw from room to room, or place to place.
Suitable for many puzzles up to 1,000 pieces - up to 29.5 inches x 20.5 inches - jigsaw not included
Quick and easy system to pack away a part-assembled jigsaw
Separate construction tray is light and easy to move around
Four sort trays for display of unassembled pieces
Stylish, zip-up outer case makes your jigsaws easily portable
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22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Excellent productJan 09, 2013
After trying the much cheaper, but utterly useless Puzzle Storage for Upto 1000 Pieces I decided to give Jigthings' Jigsort for 1000 pieces a try. With a price-tag of $95, I was hesitant to make such an expensive purchase, but the jigsort promised to be the answer to all of my puzzling problems and, having heard good things about the customer service offered by Jigsort (the company that sell this item and many other puzzle-related products through Amazon) I felt reasonably assured that if I wasn't completely happy with my purchase, I would at least be able to return it without too much hassle.
After ordering my jigsort, it was shipped out by Jigthings the very next day, and was delivered to me via UPS three days later. The item came well packaged and I unwrapped it eagerly.
I must say that I was immediately very happy with my purchase. I was concerned that despite the expensive price-tag, this product might be cheaply made. But, not at all! The Jigsort is sturdy and very well made. I was very impressed with the level of quality and thought that went into its design. It looks rather nice, too.
I was predominantly interested in this product because it includes a "jigboard", which is basically a large piece of wood covered in fabric that has a shallow "lip" around the edge. Both the fabric cover and the raised lip are intended to prevent puzzle pieces from sliding over the edge of the board, and they both work EXTREMELY well in doing so. Of the six 500 piece puzzles I have completed on this board so far, the only jigsaw pieces that have ended up on the floor are ones that I have dropped or that were caught up in my sweater sleeve; neither of which are instances that I feel the jigboard should be faulted for.
The fabric covering of the jigboard is easy to work with. I was worried it would "snag" on the puzzle pieces and make them difficult to handle; but that's actually not the case at all. I can still very easily slide my puzzle pieces into place and pick them up as I wish. The fabric covering offers just enough "grip" to the pieces to prevent them being blown out of position by a breeze, or a slight knock to the board. The lip is just the right height - it doesn't get in the way of me working on my jigsaw puzzles, but still manages to stop the pieces from spilling over the edge.
When you've finished working on your jigsaw for the time being, the jigboard comes with a sheet which you can place over the incomplete puzzle to protect it and further prevent pieces from being dislodged. The sheet is quite light-weight, with a smooth black "top" and a light, spongy underside that lays against the pieces. I was skeptical at first when I placed the sheet over my jigsaw, as I feared that when I lifted it off, all the pieces might slide or "lift" with it. But again - this is not the case at all. When I lift the sheet off to resume work on my puzzle, all the pieces are pretty much in exactly the same position that I left them in.
Also worthy of note is the fact that the jigboard is excellent at preventing cats from messing up your puzzles too badly. My cat LOVES it when I'm working on a jigsaw puzzle. She likes to stalk all over the jigboard and bat at the jigsaw pieces with her paws. Whilst the jigboard certainly can't prevent my cat's love of jigsaw puzzles, it DOES help to keep the trouble she causes to a minimum. Individual puzzle pieces are less likely to be knocked out of place when she stalks over them, and thanks to the raised edge of the jigboard, those that she does bat around at least don't end up being sent flying over the edge of the board and onto the floor.
I really can't imagine working on a jigsaw puzzle WITHOUT the jigboard.
The only criticism I do have about the jigboard is its size. Whilst the size of the board is recommended for 1,000 piece puzzles, I have been saddened to discover that many 1000 puzzles that I have looked into purchasing are too large for this board by barely an inch! This is really quite frustrating when the size difference is so tiny.
Obviously, this product includes a case for you to store your jigsaw puzzle in when you don't want to leave it out - and I'll focus now on commenting on that. It is, regretfully, the case (and the slightly too-small size of the jigboard) that caused me to give this product 4 stars, instead of 5.
The case is sturdily made and looks pretty nice. When I brought it, I had hoped to leave the jigboard inside the case and work on my jigsaws from there. But unfortunately the case's lid is just too big and heavy to be balanced against the wall behind the table, and kept falling down and hitting me on the head whilst I was working on a jigsaw. My table is too narrow for me to be able to set the case's lid down flat, so I had to remove the jigboard from the case and store the case elsewhere until I need it.
In the two or three months that I've had my jigsort, I've had very little chance to use the actual case. My jigsaws have been quite safe on the table, and the protective sheet it comes with has allowed me to simply cover them up and keep them safe and protected when not in use. If I need to use the table space for other things, I just cover the jigsaw with the sheet and work on top of the jigboard. It's very convenient and saves a lot of trouble trying to get the board into the case.
Due to the large size of board and case, it'd be quite difficult to transfer the board into the case. But I cannot fault the jigboard or case for this - most 1,000 pieces jigsaws are simply just very large!
The biggest letdown to this product, however, is the four sort trays. These have simply proven so unpractical that I tried them once, quickly gave up, and have never used them since. The sort trays are basically thin, fabric-covered sheets which feature a design that lets you slide a "lid" over the top of the sheets when you want to store them.
My problem with them is that there just isn't enough of a "lip" between sheet and cover, and so I found it really hard to "slide" the lid in place. (If you have a jigsaw with particularly thick puzzle pieces, this is especially difficult.) In the process of doing so, I'd often knock my jigsaw pieces out of place.
A further problem I found was that the sort trays were too large. They were just too big to lay on the jigboard itself, so I had to set them on the table beside the board. Unfortunately, there simply isn't room on the table for me to place more than one sort tray beside the board. In the end, I brought some 16oz ziploc boxes from my local grocery store, and now I use them. When I'm working on my puzzles, I spread the pieces out on the jigboard, then sort them depending on which area of the puzzle they are from, and place each set of pieces in a different container, which I set aside until I'm ready to work on that particular part. Then, I spread out the pieces from the part of the jigsaw's image I want to work on, and complete them on the jigboard. This works quite well for me. But I was sorry that the sort trays included with the jigsort itself weren't particularly useful.
In conclusion then, I give this product a 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great product, and I'm happy with it. But sometimes I wonder whether I should have just brought a JIGBOARD. Individual jigboards can be brought without the case for $45, and considering I've barely used my case since I brought it, I'd probably have considered it much better value to buy the board alone. The only thing I'm not sure of is whether the individual jigboard includes the protective top sheet. I found this particular aspect to be irreplaceable and extremely useful.
In time, I guess the case will certainly come in useful. It's certainly nice to have the case around in case I do ever want to store my incomplete jigsaws away for a time, but in all honesty, if that were the case, I'd probably be putting it back in the case because I expected to leave it there long-term, and in which case, I may just as well have been happy to try putting the incomplete jigsaw back into the box in as much of a partially completed condition as I could manage.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
I love jigsaw puzzles even more now!!!Dec 14, 2010
By Nina n TX
This is a great product!! I only wish I would have gotten the 1500. I have a few 1000 piece puzzles that are too big for it. I am planning to buy that one eventually. That way, I'll have even more room for the extra pieces. I have to stack the pieces on the boards to get them to fit. I have serious back problems, and I had to give up my puzzles...UNTIL NOW!!! Thanks Jigthings!!
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Doesn't fit all 1000 piece puzzlesSep 27, 2012
I was very excited to find something like this. I love doing puzzles but our cat was keeping us from leaving our puzzles out in the open. I am big fan of Charles Wysocki puzzles and own many of them. I should have double checked the measurements first but, I assumed that the 1000 piece case would fit my 1000 piece puzzles. Sadly it doesn't. It's about 2 inches too short. It's a great case otherwise but I'm really bummed that I have no puzzles that will actually fit it. I guess I will have to choose some other puzzles in the future. For anyone that does 1000 piece puzzles regularly, I'd recommend going up to the 1500 piece case. That will ensure that you can do all your puzzles.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Jigsort 1000May 23, 2012
I am happy enough with the construction of the product, but I was VERY disappointed to find out that it does NOT fit ALL 1000 piece puzzles. I bought a couple White Mountain 1000 piece puzzles when I bought the carrier, and found out that the puzzles are about 1/2 inch x 3 inches too large to fit the tray. I looked up Ravensburger puzzles, and they seem to fit OK, so it's just the White Mountain puzzles that don't fit. So if you buy this case, make sure you buy the correct size 1000 piece puzzles. I didn't realize that the company makes a difference!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Puzzle lover's dream - Still loving it!Aug 07, 2012
By Constance Cade
Love this! Been using one of those green felt sheets and knew there had to be something better. Read one of the other reviews, and he/she must not have read the instructions. If you use the covers for the extra boards, the pieces won't move; and if you use the extra large felt piece to place on the main board when you pack it away, the same is true - no pieces move around. I find this a very useful contraption when you have cats. The pieces will also slide easily when pushed in place, but stay placed when board is at a slant. Would recommend for any puzzle fan!!! Was a lot more sturdy than I thought it would be. Very impressed!!!
Update: LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! One of the best purchases I have ever made! Have now put together four more puzzles since I bought it. No complaints what so ever. I've put together one "shaped" puzzle which would not fit, but all I had to do was put together pieces, and used the extra four panels, and it worked out great. I would not want a larger board, because for me, anything bigger would be too hard to hold in my lap. I use this on my chaise lounge chair while I watch TV. (I'm a multi-tasker.) I love being able to put it all away at the end of the day, and it only takes a few minutes.
GREAT PURCHASE! IF YOU LOVE JIGSAW PUZZLES, YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
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