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.
This was my first puzzle from cubicdissection and Eric did not dissapoint, this now sits pride of place on display, not the most difficult puzzle but still a challenge and the feeling of satisfaction as the last box slides home makes you want to do it all over again and again. I'd reccomend this to any level of puzzler from novice to pro.
As others have said, it's not a very difficult puzzle, but man, once it's together, it looks beautiful. I've got the Paduak and the colors are awesome. Also, the fit is perfect. A remarkable work of craftsmanship, it is fun to take it apart and put it back together.
This design is one of my favorites: Not overly difficult, but fun to play with and a good choice to share with (non-puzzler) friends. The different colors of the mixed wood version I received look stunning and the small drawers are just so adorable (I already had a simplified version of this puzzle which did not quite live up to its name; this one of course does!). The pieces fit perfectly and provide a very satisfying puzzle experience.
So Very Satisfying
These are, of course, beautifully made, as is everything I have ever purchased here, but the piece is also so very satisfying to put together. It is not overly challenging, and would make a great gift for a non-puzzler; it is also an excellent piece for a collector, with a balanced shelf appeal.
This is one of the few puzzles that I find myself taking apart and putting back together every couple weeks, just because of how satisfying it is to watch it come together.