|DESIGNER:||Oskar van Deventer|
|MATERIAL:||Padauk, Black Limba, Leopardwood, Zebrawood|
Oskar's Matchboxes has always been one of my favorite designs. In terms of originality, appearance and overall appeal, very few puzzles come close. The five dissimilar pieces consist of an outer box and inner tray cleverly glued together. The goal is to assemble the pieces so that every tray is contained inside a box. With only two solutions, this is quite tricky!
Oskar’s Matchboxes is a very time-consuming puzzle to make, with all pieces constructed using the same shoulder joinery that we used to make the Tube It In puzzle. The end result is a puzzle that looks small and fragile but is really quite strong.⠀
This puzzle is shipped disassembled.105 copies made for sale. 33 copies in Zebrawood, 21 copies in Black Limba, 22 copies in Leopardwood, and 22 copies in Padauk were made for this release. This puzzle is shipped unsolved.
The quality of the woodwork on this puzzle is astounding. The tolerances are sublime. It may not be the hardest puzzle, but finding the second solution, and being able to reliably repeat them both means more puzzle time for your dollar. And it looks great on the shelf. I got the Padauk, but they all look fantastic.
Oskar’s Matchboxes received and solved. A great little puzzle! It reminds me a lot of Tube It In just in how snug the fit is. Not a difficult puzzle but extremely satisfying with a lot of replay value.
Very nice puzzle. Outstanding craftsmanship. Kept me and my family frustrated for hours. I dare not take it apart..